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MSI Laptop CX61 0NF-258US Intel Core i7 3630QM (2.40GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M 15.6
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Loud speakers (wonderful for a laptop)
Number pad
Processor is basically amazing
Keyboard, well spaced, arrow keys sized correctly
Graphics Card - it has one that isn't terrible
PRICE
Quiet - the fan keeps it cool without being annoying
Ports - plenty of USB and other misc ports. Should have anything you need
Screen is plenty bright.

Cons: Touch pad seems to lack sensitivity. Just buy a mouse if you have a problem. It's nothing to worry about.

Battery. Not that it's a poor battery, but you're looking at this computer probably because it has a decent graphics card, a graphics card that will laugh at your poor battery. Therefore, you will have the machine plugged in for maximum performance. You will leave it in even though it is fully charged, and the battery will slowly wear out. I'm not sure what you can do about this. I'm just complaining; it's nothing to worry about.

Windows 8, Windows 8, Windows 8. The OS installed on this computer was at best a poor choice. I hate to review MSI for a fault with Windows, but they made their choice. I am coming from an ASUS with a Core 2 Duo with lower HD and RAM specs as well; this OS operates slower. Without a touch screen, Windows 7 is clearly the superior OS for this machine. Since it will be rare to use the Metro screen and affiliated programs without a touchscreen, it is an enormous amount of unnecessary bulk. With that being said, there are free third party programs that will add a start buttons and completely avoid the Metro screen. I recommend this.

Windows 8 has problems with Firefox (yes, I still use Firefox) and several plugins. Hopefully this will be resolved shortly.

A certain anti-virus software that begins with the letter 'N' and rhyme with Horton. It will harass you every second of every day with its annoying brand of pop-ups. I'm personally surprised they haven't showed up at my door with this kind of persistence. This is on every computer unfortunately.

The keyboard doesn't light up. If you require a keyboard that lights up, I recommend purchasing this computer so that you may learn how to use a keyboard without staring at the letters. Seriously, this isn't a problem.

The screen is a screen. I have no trouble with it. It's especially glossy and produces plenty of glare in bright conditions. Unless you plan on using this outdoors in July in Ecuador on a snow-covered mountain, I can't imagine having any trouble whatsoever. Move your screen half an inch if you're bothered.

Other Thoughts: Consider this a five-star review with the exception of the operating system. However, if you search for a Win 7 system with the same hardware, it's just not going to be at this price. This is a great deal.

There are no major flaws in this computer outside the operating system. The exterior is fine. The hard drive is partitioned into 475gb for the OS and 201gb for data. I have no idea why. I play Minecraft and Kerbal Space Program; the computer will barely noticeably slow down in KSP with complex rockets but runs great in Minecraft. I keep settings for these games on as high as possible.

My Windows Rating is as such:
Processor: 7.8
RAM: 7.8
Graphics: 5.8
Gaming Graphics: 6.7
Primary Hard Disk: 5.9

The Intel Core i7-3630QM is currently listed with a benchmark of 7780, phenomenal for a laptop.

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M is currently not listed on the benchmarking website, but the 640M is currently 928, and the 650M is currently 1317.

This computer continually gives me internet problems. I have full bars, connected, all that, but the internet is often extremely sluggish or cannot load a page. I have yet to understand this and am not counting it in the score. But if anyone would like to give advice, I'd appreciate it.

Microsoft is rumored to be coming out with an update for Windows 8 that will make it less - er - terrible. It may void my concerns above and warrant giving this computer five stars.

I would buy this laptop again. It is the best choice out there right now. It this were sold by a larger computer company, I would expect it to be $400 more.

Thank you for reading. I'm being as thorough as I can because choosing a laptop is more difficult and annoying than antivirus software that rhymes with horton. I enjoy this computer, and I think you will too. It is a great workhorse that will likely run anything you throw at it beautifully.

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ASUS Laptop P50IJ-X2 Intel Pentium dual-core T4400 (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel GMA 4500M 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The case has a neat look that helps with fingerprint problems. The touchpad DOES have the sliding scroll bar function; it is simply a multi-touch configuration. Use two fingers and it becomes a scroll bar - neat! The touch pad is also smooth, but the performance is still very good. They keyboard seems pretty good, perhaps slightly different than what I'm accustomed to. I've had about 16 windows open including 2 GIS programs, and I couldn't run over 2GB of RAM on Win7, so 4GB is more than plenty. The webcam is adequate. I had absolutely no problem connecting to wifi anywhere. I like the 4 USB ports. Having DDR2 RAM actually reduces the computer's price without hurting performance. Current DDR3 RAM hasn't showed much improvement at all.

Cons: The speakers are actually aimed below the computer causing somewhat inadequate audio; it sounds better when you have the computer tilted up. I would prefer individual buttons for audio, but this has a function+F10 type of control taking two hands to control it. The speakers are much quieter have less quality than some I've heard, but overall work alright, partially because they are on the bottom of the computer as I mentioned. The arrow keys and number pad are quite squished, but I've had no real problems. The webcam is by no means fancy, but it works. None of this really hurts the computer's abilities.

Other Thoughts: The computer is honestly excellent, slightly more expensive than Toshiba's version since it has a better name attached to it. I find the review of a "3" a bit immature personally; if you're buying a computer for a specific function, make sure it can do that specific function.

This isn't a gaming computer, and it's audio isn't going to do much more than be listenable.

I've read several other reviews online before buying this computer, and everything seemed pretty excellent, very much above average.

Summary:
This computer is fast, reliable, good looking, and has a good keyboard/touchpad.
The computer is a LAPTOP: the audio and video are not quality, but they get the job done. If you need high quality video/audio, you will need to pay much more. It can handle pretty well any other task you throw at it. I love music, and I can listen to it on here without complaining, but it's not great whatsoever: no bass etc. Use external speakers if desired for about $30

I like it

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JUST PC JPC899BK Black/Silver Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * not too flashy but still classy
* incredibly sturdy
* just no problems at all

Cons: * just be careful around the pci slots. I cut my finger but hey, if I was being careful it wouldn't have happened. This case is made of steel. Steel means it can be sharp with excess force.

Other Thoughts: I dropped this case from on top of my truck (by accident! it fell off!) It had everything in it. Hard drives, motherboard, et cetera. EVERYTHING is fine. It's a strong sturdy case. I'm still using it right now! haha.

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Display Name: Bryan K.

Date Joined: 05/31/05

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  • First Review: 11/19/05
  • Last Review: 05/19/13
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