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Average of 8 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI GS40-6QE16H11
Hot performance dwarf. Skylake quad-core, GTX 970M and a decent 14-inch display: MSI’s device in the pretty narrow segment of ultra-mobile gaming notebooks can meet all the performance expectations. So much performance does, however, require some compromises in other areas.
Source: PC Mag
The MSI GS40 6QE Phantom is a good gaming laptop, boasting a good array of features and components, and it doesn't have any glaring weaknesses. Its GTX 970M card is capable of 30fps gaming at 1080p on the highest settings for most games (though the newest, demanding titles will challenge this number), and there's a lot of storage—an especially notable offering for a 14-inch laptop.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Authority
MSI once again delivers an outstanding machine for the price, with an excellent mix of interior components combined with a classy display. The plastic build quality does feel a little cheap, but we can’t really complain when it’s possible to buy a truly game-ready laptop for less than two and a half grand.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/26/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
Would I like to own the MSI GS40 Phantom? Yes, indeed! It's extremely portable at 3.5 lbs., in fact it's lighter than the Dell XPS 15 and it has a faster graphics card too, which means high to ultra settings on today's AAA titles. It's a nice looking, though not exceptionally attractive notebook and the SteelSeries RGB keyboard is good for gaming and typing at length.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 85%
The GS40 Phantom 6QE will set you back $1,599 in its standard configuration, which is a reasonable price for the hardware that’s included with this machine. It is around $100-150 more expensive than Gigabyte’s competing P34W v5 that I reviewed earlier, but in my eyes this laptop is worth the extra money due to its better build, superior keyboard and trackpad, and extra features including more RAM. Plus, at $1,600 we’re only talking about a price difference of six percent.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
The MSI GS40 Phantom gaming laptop costs more ($1,599 directly from MSI or $50 less at Staples when they get it back in stock) than most of the Windows notebooks we review, but it also offers better hardware than the average Windows laptop. Gamers and people who want powerful hardware will enjoy the Phantom. It’s stylish, fast, and made well. The display, keyboard and speed mean power users will also enjoy it for general computing tasks. Photo, video and music creation pros will love the power. It’s not cheap, but it’s also not over-priced.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/21/2016
Source: Ultrabook Review
I think those who prefer a small and powerful laptop will appreciate what the MSI GS40 has to offer. It certainly delivers in terms of hardware specs, performance, cooling solution and screen quality. And is certainly fairly priced, but the keyboard and the speakers are two important aspects that might turn your towards something else.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
The MSI GS40 6QE Phantom is an impressive gaming notebook with very few compromises. Its gaming abilities are only one rung down from the fastest single-GPU notebooks currently available. It has a great screen, looks good, and has a super-quick NVMe SSD for fast software loading.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/17/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: T Break
Of all the gaming laptops I have reviewed, the MSI GS40 Phantom is one of the most exciting one. The reason is simple. I love gaming laptops that are small in size and can pack a fast GPU. Priced around 7499 AED, the MSI GS40 is surprisingly cheaper than the other MSI laptops we have reviewed.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 55% price: 52% performance: 85% features: 90% ergonomy: 90%
Source: 15 Zoll Notebooks Test DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/11/2016
Source: Hispazone ES→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; compact size and lightweight; well constructed. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/27/2015
CommentNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M:
Second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
72.63%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.