MSI GT60 Dominator Pro Gaming Laptop Review - HotHardware

MSI GT60 Dominator Pro Gaming Laptop Review

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The Dominator Pro's best feature is unquestionably its "3K" monitor. This term refers to the 2880x1620 IPS panel and on a 15.6-inch screen the fidelity is gorgeous. This panel matches the resolution on Apple's Macbook Pro with Retina Display, and while we can't say it's just as good without putting them head-to-head, it's hard to see how the Mac could be much better.



Since I've still got the Alienware 17 in-house, it made sense to put the two of them head to head. While it's true that the MSI GT60 has a much higher pixel density (212 PPI vs 129 PPI), that's not what you'll notice first. What makes the GT60's display pop is that it's an IPS panel, not the fast TN panel that Alienware went with. The GT60's panel has better color uniformity, less backlight bleed around the edges, displays the full 0-32 color bars in the Lagom LCD tests (as shown below), and is frankly gorgeous -- but at the cost of some input lag and a slower response time.



The Alienware 17 panel isn't bad, by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a 17.6-inch TN panel going up against a gorgeous IPS display. MSI wins this comparison, hands down.

Sound

Sound is provided via a pair of DynAudio speakers and a Soundblaster-branded plugin from Creative. The actual audio chip is still a standard Realtek, but the sound output is good, if not quite as full as the Alienware 17. The flip side is that these speakers sound significantly better if you turn the SoundBlaster plugin off (the Alienware 17's non-Dolby-modified sound was distinctly muddy.

They aren't quite as loud as the Alienware, but you could watch a movie  or play a game with them, no problem. Highs and lows are both handled well by laptop standards. The Soundblaster plugin offers Creative's "Crystalizer" plugin as well as various methods of manipulating the EQ settings -- though oddly enough, it does not offer a full EQ.

Keyboard and Trackpad

I actually prefer the MSI GT60 Dominator Pro's chiclet keyboard over the Alienware 17's more conventional laptop design, but with one caveat -- MSI moves the Windows key to the opposite side of the keyboard. If you hate the Windows key and promptly disable it when you game, you won't mind, but I actually like (and use) this one -- and constantly found myself missing it when I typed on the keyboard. The entire keyboard is lit by a multi-LED array (configured via the SteelSeries software) and if you dig multi-LED keyboard arrays that let you create custom designs for backlights, you'll like this one.



The Trackpad is built by Steelseries and it has an odd single-button mouse arrangement that picks up your clicks based on which side of the lever you hit. The response mechanism is quite stiff -- moreso than I liked -- and the panel is much smaller than the Alienware 17's. This laptop lacks the large wrist-wrest that the larger system offers, which again comes down to personal taste for such things.
 

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msi laptop are coming along. I didn't like their products before, they change their act and making solid components and computers

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this laptop is amazing in specs, but i hate how big it is. I personally think laptops need to have form factor in mind. Laptops are meant for gaming on the go

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the MSI GT60 is looking better then the Alienware M17x and it has a better price then Alienware.

Also the specs are awesome for an Laptop

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I'm not sure about LED buttons for gaming or general use on Laptops. I had LED buttons on my mouse and it gets hot after awhile and that's a mouse. With that much LEDs on a Laptop and the constant trouble of your laptop getting too hot, I think that LEDs on the keyboard isn't recommended and is just for show. Does anyone actually use those LEDs?

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I personallly prefer Msi's laptops to any other companies ( Alienware included) because of how powerful they make them. This thing is close to being as good a high end gaming desktop, and that's incredible.

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The 72 looks crazy nice too. it's too bad they are upwards of $3k

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