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MSI Laptop CX61 0NF-257US Intel Core i5 3210M (2.50 GHz) 6 GB Memory 750 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M 15.6" Windows 8

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  • Intel Core i5 3210M (2.50 GHz)
  • 6 GB Memory 750 GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8
  • DVD Super Multi

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  • Warranty & Returns
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The MSI CX61 0NF is embedded with the NVIDIA® GeForce™ GT 645M discrete graphics card featuring 2GB DDR3 memory and 3 times the performance compared to the previous generation. Better image quality and a stunning graphics provide an unprecedented visual experience.


The exclusive and user-friendly S-Bar design gives you control of all the system functions with a simple click of the mouse.


The new HDMI 1.4 transmits HD digital video, multi-channel surround audio and advanced control data through one cable. Built to accommodate extremely high-resolution video, 3D support for immersive media, and Ethernet connectivity allows connected devices to share an internet connection.


Bluetooth 4.0 transfers data at higher rates and higher volumes while using less power when compared to Bluetooth 3.0. Devices can be connected and begin data transfer within 3 milliseconds. It also effectively transfers data within a greatly expanded range (over 100 meters) with ensured security.


The 360° surround-sound acoustics of the C Series headphone audio jack outputs HD audio so you can enjoy perfect sound wherever you happen to be. Together with the 15.6" widescreen display, the superb sound makes the C Series your own private theater. The SRS PC Sound™ certified audio performance ensures you enjoy a captivating experience.


Equipped with latest and fastest data transfer technology, not only is USB 3.0 ten times faster than previous generation USB protocol, it is also backwards compatible with all your older USB devices.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Tovah K.
  • 11/8/2013 11:16:38 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little guy

Pros: On board nvidia, decent speed. Weight is a good combination of size/power to heft. Not too heavy and not small at all. Good battery life for power and size. On full charge one year later using High Performance this little guy lasters over 3 hours.

Cons: As petty as it sounds I wish the home and end keys weren't function keys to PgUp and PgDn. I use those keys a lot when programming.

Other Thoughts: Would buy again

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  • Marcus E.
  • 10/29/2013 1:33:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA couple of flaws but still a amazing laptop

Pros: A great graphics card, plenty of RAM, and tons of power packed into this thing. The pho-alumnimum finish looks nice and the USB 3.0 is a big plus. HDMI and VGA means you can run three monitors off this thing no problem. Gaming is a joy on this. Minecraft on full graphics, Portal 2 on high, and plenty of hard drive space for it all. Expandability is also present here, as you can easily upgrade the RAM and HDD, but more on that in the cons (see below).

Cons: Opening the bottom panel to upgrade the RAM or HDD voids your 1-year warranty with MSI, and this is a issue with the hard drive. It's a Hitachi 5400RPM SATA drive, which means it's SLOW. Really SLOW. It doesn't help the performance of the laptop at all. When booting up it really bogs down and chugs until it's done with the initial loading process.

This laptop also gets HOT when it runs the dedicated graphics card, so make sure to use it on a table.

The Wifi adapter occassionally has issues but after either running the network troubleshooter or rebooting it will fix the problem.

The Eco Function & S-Bar don't really seem to do much, and most of the utilities that MSI included just don't work.

Battery is a bit weak, I've gotten about 5ish hours out of it without using the graphics card. When you use the dedicated GPU you NEED to plugin or you will run out of battey in about 2 hours.

Other Thoughts: Depite the flaws, a laptop with 6GB RAM and 2GB Video RAM with a dedicated GPU under $1000 is a fantastic deal. I will buy my next laptop from MSI again!

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  • Julian R.
  • 6/4/2013 12:25:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent, but look elsewhere

Pros: Cheap
Graphic card v. total price ratio

Cons: Wifi card
merciless wifi connection drops
Does not "sleep" (will crash and reboot after sleeping)

Other Thoughts: This laptop appears to be quite a bit of bang for the buck at first glance. However, the issues I had I would seriously reconsider purchasing another or recomending it.

The wifi issues ALONE make this purchase questionable. A laptop is supposed to be portable. Wireless features are what are alluring about laptops, however this wifi card with disconnect regularly from any network you connect to. I find myself having to enable/disable the card to reset it to connect to my network near everyday. It's connection reliability ends at around an hour.

The graphics card and performance otherwise is great, especially considering the price. The wifi problems and crash potential take a lot away from this machine.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Your WiFi issue might have an easy fix. Have you tried updating the WiFi driver to the latest version? This could also be related to a corrupted OS.
Cannot sleep could be related to OS issue too, have you performed factory recovery?

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
Or you can email us at, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Andrew G.
  • 2/20/2013 3:00:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

Pros: Decent computer for the money if not for....

Cons: Hard major hardware failure in less than 2 months worth of owning it. Looked online for other people experiencing my issue and it appears to not be uncommon with this MSI computer. I would look else where for a similar deal.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

Please feel free to contact us directly to set up a RMA service with the following information provided to
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located in the battery compartment and begins with S/N)
6. Proof of purchase (screenshot/photo, or PDF is fine)
7. Symptoms you are having (as detailed as possible)

Once your information and warranty coverage are verified then we can proceed with this RMA for you.
Our turn-around time is typically two weeks and our system will notify you automatically at every stage of your RMA process.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • John S.
  • 2/15/2013 7:02:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop for the Money

Pros: Where to start? GT 645M handles games very well. The i5 is fast, plenty of storage space, awesome speakers and 6 gigs of ram all for under $700.00
Windows 8 is great once you get used to it. It's fast and I haven't had any crashes. Installed Classic Shell to get the start button back and now it's even better.

Cons: None, well, it didn't cook me dinner.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for an inexpensive gaming machine or an all around good laptop without breaking your bank then this is the one for you.

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  • Jonathan L.
  • 2/15/2013 11:22:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIs gud

Pros: - The NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M graphics card is superb for gaming.
- The value of the hardware you get out of this laptop for the price is disgustingly awesome.

Cons: - This laptop has a tendency to try to optimize itself during the time of boot, especially after windows updates. This is a real pain because you can spend 10 or more minutes trying to get to your desktop if you are a regular, non-tech savvy end user. It seems to be a never ending freeze that occurs when you start this laptop. It will eventually get to the desktop. This is partly due to the new poor implementation of the EFI replacement over BIOS.

- You can't replace the hard drive easily because now you have to deal with EFI (the BIOS is now a partition on the hard drive and not stored in firmware on the motherboard).

Other Thoughts: I bought this computer for video gaming while traveling. This has been a great investment. The GPU on this puppy is really powerful and it runs League of Legends, Runes of Magic, and Path of Exile very, very smoothly for me. I experience at least 30 FPS at the worst in big cities on Runes of Magic (which is really, really good), with an average of 60 FPS anywhere else. If you are looking for a low dollar gaming rig, then look no further, so long as you can put up with an insanely long boot time (if you dont know how to fix it, I have tried to fix it and gave up).

I have my Masters in Computer Science and I have been tinkering with computers for 15 years, so when you read my review know that it is the opinion of an expert.

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  • Cory W.
  • 2/14/2013 7:44:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorth it aside from 8

Pros: Speakers, Graphics card, Screen

Cons: Windows 8!!!!

Other Thoughts: So this was a nice step ahead for me, finally a decent laptop that can handle most games I would want to play. Then I get it and find out just what so many others were complaining about. Windows 8 is amazingly awful. So far that is the main issue with this model. Mine also has a slightly loose dvd drive. Nothing I am too concerned with though. Once I get 8 off I doubt I will have a single complaint.

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  • steven r.
  • 2/13/2013 4:52:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDefinetly good for the money

Pros: Runs smooth, could use a ram upgrade, runs SC2on ultra smoothly, lags sometimes but not a big deal, runs Diablo 3,WOW on ultra smoothly, also get 30-35fps on Tf2 and Cs go and Cs source, for the money it is worth it, i can play all my games decently so its worth the money for sure

Cons: windows 8! o.m.g i dont know where to start, get rid of it asap, i just took my old HDD and put it in this new MSI cause i couldnt even figure out how to get win 7 on the 750gig HDD that came with this thing, have to change the partition to ntfs and its a pain in the b.u.t.t, anyways, good bang for the money, works well

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  • Dustin D.
  • 2/10/2013 1:41:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs2nd time around and its still gets a fail!

Pros: Very clear screen
Light weight
Great speakers
Nice graphics card for the price range

Cons: As always Windows 8! Windows 8 caused it the crash 3 times. It wasn't hard fix but still its a pain.
The system in general seems to be very fragile. You really do need to play with the settings just to get it to run at a decent speed.

Other Thoughts: Ok so this was my second laptop they had to send me. The first crapped out right away. This one seemed to work much better. It was faster however it did have the crashes.
Now the worst thing was that this one had a strange clicking sound coming from the front. I could hear it 3-5 feet away. My thought was that it was the fan but the MSi tech thought it was the graphics card. Either way it had to go back.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Koro,

We apologize for the issues you are experiencing with this laptop.

If you still need assistance, please contact us directly at so we can help you resolve these issues.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Zachary E.
  • 1/31/2013 12:15:10 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBest Bang for the Buck

Pros: Videocard is great. So far I have been able to play Skyrim on Ultra settings with no problems--The guy below me was right. Can't wait to try Tribes Ascend or Crysis!
Speakers are also amazing. I sold my desktop and speakers for this thing and couldn't be happier with it...well, maybe I could. See: Cons
It's pretty light as laptops go.
Boots up really fast too--faster than my i7 12gb rig ever did.

It's also nice automatically switching between the integrated graphics and the dedicated card to save power.

Cons: Windows 8!!!!!!!!!
I don't know if there is such thing as 'so easy it's hard' but that's Win8 for you. If you're used to 7 you're probably going to pull your hair out using 8. But I installed a Win7 button which made it manageable. I honestly couldn't figure out how to shut the computer down using Win8 without the start button (I still don't). The whole interface is counter-intuitive imho, especially if you have used Windows since the dawn of time.

Booting up for the first time you would think you are filling out a job application - a lot of prompts and steps to go through.
I don't own a windows phone and don't care about syncing my Windows "experience" with other machines.

I didn't think the resolution on this thing would have been a big deal for me but I certainly miss my 25" HD LCD monitor. Like someone mentioned below, you can replace the LCD panel with a higher res one.

Other Thoughts: I think after I replace the screen and add some more RAM this thing will be a dream. All-in-all, great laptop for the money. I definitely recommend it for the strapped, mobile gamer.

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