|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Processor||2 GHz Core i7-2630QM|
|RAM||12 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||1 TB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
MSI GT683R-242US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black )
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MSI GT683R-242US Black 15.6"-inch laptop, FullHD/Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU/ NVIDIA Geforce GTX560M 1.5G GDDR5 graphics/ 12GB (4G*3) DDR3 RAM/1TB (500GBx2) (7200RPM) HDD/ DVD Multi
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The audio on this laptop is probably the best sound from a laptop I've ever heard. I was very unimpressed at first, after reading reviews on how good it was supposed to be.....then I turned it up. Unlike a normal laptop where sound starts sounding worse as you turn it up, this laptop it just gets better. You never get distortion, and you can certainly tell there is a subwoofer. You don't hear bass like you would a real sound system, but you have solid mids in all of your music so everything sounds complete. The LEDs dancing the the sound looks sweet, but the sound has to be all the way up for them to react properly, and only the ones of the side of the screen react to the music, the others just blink and are kind of annoying in the "music mode".
I got the 12gb model for 1400 something, I couldn't be any happier. The build of this laptop isn't as professional looking as a dell, but the quality is similar. If this laptop proves to be reliable, I will only buy MSI from now on. Most of the main brands won't even let you spec out a laptop this nice, and if they do it costs 2x as much!
The only cons I can think of are
- fan never turns off, isn't loud at idle but is audible and the 2630 idles at about 50c in my warm bedroom
- no display port
- esata port doesn't work as a usb 3.0 port as well
It performs very well in roles it was purchased for:
Company of Heroes (and other games): it runs beautifully at the highest settings.
Mobile video conferencing: camera and mic do a very good job.
General computing: no issues
Battery time: longer than expected. I can't give a time as I have not measured it, but I have been pleased with what I have experienced.
Potential concerns for some users...
I had read about the following before I bought the laptop.
When running at high performance levels (such as playing CoH) it is not quiet when the fan runs at full tilt, but I don't notice the noise due to he gaming action.
When doing general PC things and the extra fan power is not required, the laptop is quiet.
It is quite heavy (especially when the charging brick is included), but as I bought it as a desktop replacment gaming machine that I can easily take out and about on occasion, it is not a problem.
The one item I am slightly concerned with is the connector for the power supply on the back of the laptop. It does not seem to be robust, so I take care when plugging into it or pulling the lead out.
Some folk had reported issues completing the required documentation to get the warranty validated. I had no issues with that.
I would recommend this to someone looking for a high end laptop for gaming.
- The specs.
- The speakers sound good and only become strained at the highest volume.
- Computer loads up fully in thirty seconds tops.
- Convenient USB placements on left and right sides for mouse & flash drive.
- Easy to remember symbols for function keys.
- Option to disable the touchpad when needed, particularly when a mouse is hooked in.
- Feels nice and sturdy -- Some reviews on other websites have complaints about it being made of flimsy plastic. I respectfully disagree.
- Damn heavy.
- Quite a bunch of bloatware.
- Taking the battery out the back of the laptop is a workout. I had to it out to write down the product number for registration. It takes a titanium grip with metal fingernails pry it off.
- Does not come with a copy of Windows 7, so you'll need 3 DVDs to create a backup.
- If you don't like the LED lights, you could turn them off.
- Did not hear much (if any) bass in the speakers.
- If you keep RAID 0 enabled, be very careful about moving your laptop around when it is on.
- For those who are picky about brightness/contrast, nVidia Control Center allows you to change the lighting to the nearest percentile.
- Having only three RAM slots filled in a dual channel motherboard is strange.
- I have no idea how to increase the speed of the CPU past 2.0Ghz. The BIOS is locked, and running Prime95 with Turbo on still caps the CPU at 2.0Ghz.
In conclusion, I would most definitely recommend this machine to anyone looking for a laptop to last them 5+ years. The video card and CPU are great. It looks great, and it's practically as big as a 17.3" monitor. You might want to invest in a 17.3" laptop case for this, as it won't be fun (or very safe) carrying it around in your arms or in a backpack.
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