Proper gaming on a budget?
Nowadays there are a lot of manufacturers who focus their attention on the PC gaming market. A lot of these laptops usually end up being desktop replacements which are too unwieldy for transportation or too weak to play games properly. However, for each type of gaming laptop, the price is the most defining characteristic. Today I’ll be looking at the MSI GE600 laptop which, based on its price and the way MSI have positioned it, is a decent all round performer with a very reasonable price.
The MSI GE600 looks pretty plain from the outside, that is to say there’s nothing remarkable about it. It’s subtle, slightly boring with the dull color scheme, but has a nice glossy black finish out top. The same finish carries inside on the keyboard palm rest area as well. Inside the keyboard looks very static, the keys are thin and typing on it is not what I’d call a pleasant experience. It gets the job done, sure, but while typing or playing, you will feel the whole keyboard depress near the center, giving it a very hollow feeling. Outside of that the MSI GE600 has a pretty decent build, it feel like a solid machine all round, not that I tried to drop it from the table or anything to check out it’s sturdiness.
At the center you have the multimedia touch panel which is flanked on either side by the SRS Premium Sound speakers. Underneath the GE600 the only interesting thing you’ll find is the subwoofer which adds a little bass to the otherwise decent sound, especially when kept on a flat surface. Outside of that the additional connectors (sound, 3x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, LAN and Power) and be found spread on the sides.
The screen itself is pretty impressive given that the 16 inches of display is being run at a resolution of 1366×768. It’s glossy and therefore painful under any source of direct light, but it does a decent enough job to keep things looking good.