- Intel Core i7 4700MQ (2.40GHz)
- 8GB Memory 750GB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB DDR3
- 1920 x 1080
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- DVD Super Multi
Powerful Multimedia Computer 09/21/2013
The screen is great, it has 4th gen i7, 7200rpm hdd, 2 mSata slots, 8gb ddr3l 1600mhz, its a lot for under $1000. out of the box its pretty fast but adding a mSata ssd as a primary OS drive would really make this thing fly, adding 16gb ddr3l wouldn't hurt either lol. A lot of people complain about the gt 740m gpu in this but if your not an extreme gamer then its more then enough. it runs very quite IMO but i haven't played games with it. while surfing the web and downloading some torrents it was still very quiet and runs pretty cool (doesn't burn your lap like my wife's older Toshiba). The fan boost button is pretty intense, when its on the fans are LOUD but you can feel it working. Speakers don't blow me away but they are pretty good for notebook speakers. It has a full number pad.
The body feels a little cheap/plasticy. no bac-klit keyboard, you have to void the warranty to make any upgrades but all MSI are like that. I've heard that they will work with you though as long as your mods were within reason. Battery life is almost 3hrs with constant web browsing which I don't think is bad but most people would consider it not great so I put it in cons. I was a bit sad that I got the DVD combo drive right before they changed it to a BD drive but its not a huge deal because I will probably swap it out for a large storage drive in a caddy. For my pentesting use an AMD gpu would have been better but most people would probably prefer the nVidia so that isn't much of a con either.
Overall I think it's a great machine for sub $1000 but if you got the cash or parents/wives to buy you Xmas presents then I would strongly recommend adding an mSata ssd as your primary boot drive. MSI has changed the specs on this machine so you may want to wait until the new ones are out, differences are: windows 8 instead of 7, BD instead of dvd, 1tb hybrid hdd intstead of 750 7200rpm hdd.
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