- Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2410M (2.30 GHz)
- 6 GB Memory 640GB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
- 1600 x 900
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- DVD Super Multi
Great Hardware for the Price - Better for a Techie 09/01/2011
This review is from: MSI Notebook - NVIDIA Optimus increases battery life & performance FX720-001US Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2410M (2.30 GHz) 6 GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Try finding this much hardware for this cheap somewhere else - you can't. When I was looking two months ago, this was the best deal out there. Based on previous reviews, I didn't bother using this laptop as is out of the box. I upgraded to a 500GB 7200RPM HD, 8 GB RAM, and replaced the wifi card with a N/bluetooth card. It runs fast, cool, and I have never had a blue screen or any other problems.
-Great as a desktop replacement
-Screen is quality and bright
-speakers are pretty good compared to most laptops
-USB 3.0 is nice
-no over-heating issues
-video card is more than adequate for most - I am not much of a gamer
-keyboard has nice feel
-battery life has been superb - been averaging 3-4 hours with the video card turned off and display on max
Wifi chip sucks - replace it for $10-20; I recommend the Broadcom BCM4313. Needs a format and reinstall of Windows but that is any pc you buy now-a-days. The exterior is nice and pretty scratch-proof, but annoyingly shows fingerprints. Touchpad takes a little getting used to, but has grown on me - requires two fingers for scrolling. Also, the single bar style mouse buttons takes some getting used to. No manual eject button on th cd-rom could be a problem in the future.
Don't buy this computer or any other MSI unless you know something about computers. MSI makes great hardware and components; I would not expect any customer service from them. For me, I prefer more hardware for the buck then being able to call an operator and have them talk me through re-installing windows when there is a problem.
I expect this laptop to last me a while, but I would have no problem buying another MSI, as long as I read the reviews first and new what parts I needed to replace.
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