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MSI FX600 review

If MSI manages to iron out a few minor kinks, this is sure to be a great product

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Good screen
  • Turbo Drive

Against

  • Reflective screen coating
  • Build quality

MSI's FX600 is aimed at those after design, usability and performance from their laptop. Ahead of its full release we were given a look at a pre-production model and, assuming a few minor issues are ironed out before final release, this could be an attractive option.

Our main issue is with the keyboard. The isolated keys are nicely spread out, but the amount of flex evident across the board is unfortunate, producing not only a spongy action but also a noisy one. Nevertheless, this is a pre-production model and we hope this problem is rectified for the final build.

The chassis is built from plastic panels with an inoffensively attractive weave pattern, but we were a little disappointed by how flexible they proved to be.

We could move them with little problem, meaning that – in its current form at least – this isn't a laptop suited to the most arduous travel, and those looking to take the machine on the commute may be advised to look elsewhere.

The 15.6-inch screen impressed us with the level of brightness and detail it offered, making it a pleasure to use, whether you want to watch movies with the integrated DVD optical drive or edit intricate spreadsheets.

The shiny Super-TFT screen coating creates strong reflections, however, and is troublesome to use in bright or rapidly changing light.

Our pre-production unit featured an Intel Core i5 processor and 2048MB of memory. Performance is sprightly and you'll have no problem running applications such as word processors, as well as more resource intensive photo and video-editing suites.

Dedicated graphics

While our unit had an integrated graphics card, the final build will boast a powerful dedicated Nvidia chip, making the laptop suited to playing the latest games and multimedia-focused activities, which is great if you're creatively minded.

The laptop comes with a host of nice features. The four-speaker sound system is configured to THX standards, and the quality of the audio is moderately impressive.

There's also a hotkey which activates MSI's Cinema Pro feature, which tweaks the laptop's display and audio settings to suit watching films, although we detected little difference.

Finally, MSI's Turbo Drive Engine allows you to overclock the processor for a short period of time at the touch of a button. We found when we did this performance increased by just under 4%, which is impressive and will be useful to those who need that little extra power every now and then – gamers or video editors, for example.

Ultimately there's a lot going for the FX600. If MSI can sort out the spongy keyboard and chassis design, it just may be on to a winner.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT325M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyFX600
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-450M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameMSI
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height32 mm
Width383 mm
Depth249 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesFX600
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelFX600-i5447W7P
Product NameFX600-i5447W7P Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number0016G122-SKU1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

FX600 is evolved from the 2D pattern from the previous generation to the 3D sculpture design. You can not only "SEE" the 3D design of F Series but also "TOUCH" its special texture. Also, the advanced anti-fingerprint coating can effectively protect your notebook surface from fingerprint and oil stains. Stylish Checkered Flag Exterior with Anti-fingerprint coating allows you easily show off your different taste.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • FX600-i5447W7P Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year