The hardware inside the GS40 Phantom isn’t going to pull any surprises. It’s loaded up with a 14.0-inch 1080p display, an Intel ‘Skylake’ Core i7-6700HQ CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M discrete graphics card, 16 GB of RAM, and a combination of a 128 GB SSD with a 1 TB hard drive. It also packs the latest connectivity, including a USB Type-C port sporting Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 gen 2.
The Phantom isn’t a flagship gaming laptop, but it does include a handy list of other features, such as Killer DoubleShot Pro networking, a SteelSeries keyboard, and a brushed aluminium chassis. All of this is available for a decent price of $1,599, with no configuration options available.
The aspect to the GS40 Phantom that I was most impressed with is the design. Having used gaming laptops from Alienware and Gigabyte previously, among others, the understated design to MSI’s 14-inch laptop is appreciated. Yes, there are still some elements of ‘gamer’ style to this laptop, including various contours on the laptop’s lid and around the keyboard, but it’s far from others' over-the-top designs.