The Good Nvidia's new GTX 860M GPU is the real highlight of the MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003 notebook, along with a high-end CPU and a great keyboard. The Pro-003 is smaller and lighter than most gaming laptops, and it doesn't have the usual overly glossy screen.
The Bad This is still a thick, chunky box that's out of step with modern laptop design. The screen isn't a touch screen and tops out at 1080p.
The Bottom Line The MSI GE60 combines one of Nvidia's new 800-series GPUs and other high-end components, in a gaming rig that's not the desk-hogging backbreaker some others are.
MSI fits new Nvidia graphics into a smaller laptop
We're seeing an influx of new and updated gaming laptops, thanks to the March release of the new 800M-series graphics cards from Nvidia. Most of these cards are going into massive 17-inch desktop replacement systems, but it's nice that even some of the higher-end GTX cards are making their way into smaller, slimmer laptops.
One of the first 800-series laptops we've tested is the MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003. This 15-inch gaming laptop walks a fine line between price, size, and performance, pairing a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU, which is two steps down from the very top of the line but still very powerful.
Our configuration is a very reasonable $1,349, but to get there, you'll have to stick with a traditional 1TB platter hard drive, only 8GB of RAM, and a basic DVD burner instead of Blu-ray. However, the build quality is excellent, and the keyboard (with a multicolored backlight, of course), feels great for gaming.