MSI's GS60 2PE Ghost Pro is a 4K 20mm-thin gaming laptop (hands-on)

Featuring a magnesium-lithium alloy chassis, the Intel-powered gaming notebook from MSI is indeed drool-worthy in both specs and design.

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This MSI laptop is pretty impressive. Aloysius Low/CNET

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Unlike Asus, MSI didn't hold a press conference to announce new products, but there were definitely new products on display at the company's booth. Placed alongside a bunch of similar gaming notebooks, the GS60 2PE Ghost Pro is a 4K version of the GS60, and this gaming laptop works hard to impress under the hood.

For one, it's powered by a fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor (Haswell, we're guessing), 16GB RAM and has a powerful dedicated graphics card, in the form of Nvidia's GTX870M.

If that's not enough, the laptop comes with two 128GB solid state drives in a RAID 0 configuration, for 256GB of storage. This is paired with a 1TB HDD as well, making sure you'll never run out of space for your games.

It may have a slim frame, but it certainly doesn't lack any ports. USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort and a LAN port are all present. Aloysius Low/CNET

You'd expect this gaming laptop to be pretty chunky, but like the Razer Blade, has a very slim design --it's just 19.95mm thick. Even more impressive is the weight of the notebook. At only 1.96kg, it's as light as most ultrabooks that you can find in the market today.

Factor in a 4K 15.6-inch display with an eye-scorching resolution of 3,840x2,160-pixels, and you've got a serious performance machine. Given its powerful hardware, I suspect you can easily run supported games easily at this resolution as well.

Other features include a built-in full color backlit SteelSeries keyboard, though the angle of the keyboard does mean you will have to prop it up somewhat to get a better typing angle.

I quite like the feel of the notebook, and it's certainly incredible to have so much power in such a small package, but given the high-end specs, it's likely to cost an arm and a leg. With the 3K screen version (2,880x1,620-pixels) already costing a whopping $2,200 (£1314, AU$2381), expect to cough up a bit more for the 4K model.

The laptop sits pretty flat on the surface, so you may want to prop it up for a better typing experience. Aloysius Low/CNET