All-rounder workstation MSI PE60 7RD
When you think of the brand MSI, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the red and black machine of gaming performance. More recently, that image may also involve mechanical keys on a notebook. This week, we’re taking a look at an MSI machine that doesn’t fit that description, and it’s the PE60 7RD
Now, while the Prestige series can work for the odd gamer, it was not made for that purpose in mind. Rather, it was designed for the productivity crowd who did a bit of everything. As such, the machines in this line could do a bit of everything as well, giving you a display with accurate colors that can be viewed from wide angles, good sound production with Dynaudio speakers and solid audio recording with the Nahimic audio software.
Of course, to help you distinguish this machine from its other gaming-focused brethren is the silver colored body. You get none of the aggressive red accents either. It also gets silver lining printed keys that helps you type better in the dark. This is thanks to a design that allows for more light to escape the space between the keys and the chassis. On the subject of backlighting, you won’t find any fancy RGB rainbow either. Instead, the PE60 7RD offers white, which ensures you get the brightest color of them all.
There are plenty of ports for you to use as well. There are a few that are the standard today, including two USB 3.0 ports, and the HDMI port, but MSI has also thrown in the USB 3.0 Type-C port and a Mini-DisplayPort for good measure.
Going back to the display, you get six modes to switch between for whatever you need the PE60 to do at the time. The six modes are the default one with a full color gamut, Designer mode for better shape and text clarity, Office mode dulls the screen to reduce eye strain. Movie mode gives better contrast, gamer mode increases brightness, and an Anti-Blue mode, as the name suggests, reduces harmful blue light.
As for performance, the scores for our usual list of benchmarks are 5,700 on 3DMark’s Fire Strike, and 3,640 for Home, 4,972 for Work and 4,845 for Creative on PCMark 8, respectively.
Battery life, however, is a little on the low side, lasting only slightly over two hours and 30 minutes using PCMark 8’s Work Battery Life test. You’ll still want to look for a power outlet when you’re working on the move with this.
DISPLAY:15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)
GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
I/O PORTS: 1x power port, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI-out, 1x Mini-DisplayPort, 1x RJ45 port, 1x SD card reader, 1x mic in, 1x audio out
BATTERY: 6-cell 41 Whr
CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth4.2
DIMENSIONS: 383 (W) x 260 (D) x 98 (H) mm