- 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
A couple of flaws but still a amazing laptop 10/29/2013
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).
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.
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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