Joined on 11/12/08
Great case + PSU
Pros: Quiet! Very nice air flow, keeps everything really cool. Great sturdy case, lots of hard drive bays, sleek and sweet!
Cons: PSU cords are a bit short, but in the end everything reaches.... barely. Would prefer if the cords were a bit longer... Only 3 CD/DVD expansion bays, but I can live with that.
Overall Review: Now I just need some LED fans to make my computer go faster... because LEDs always make your computer go faster.
Mostly solid: Strong power, small size, poor speakers
Pros: Powerful specs Very small & light form factor for this strong a machine Runs cool & relatively quiet Excellent screen Very nice keyboard
Cons: Speakers are mediocre/poor Bloatware/provided drivers are very bad Poor hard drive, upgrade recommended.
Overall Review: This is an incredibly strong machine given how light and thin it is! The portability of this thing is through the roof, and the amount of good hardware they've packed into this small size is impressive, to say the least. The screen and keyboard are excellent, the headphone amp is suprisingly stronger than I expected, and the cooling system is expertly designed, as the machine stays very cool 99% of the time. However, that size comes with a couple minor, but important, caveats. I've heard the fans can get quite loud during intense gaming, which I've not experienced yet, but the amount of fans it has I could see this being an issue for some. During normal use however, it's extremely quiet. The biggest fault I've found is the absolutely awful speakers. I wouldn't recommend relying on them if you want to watch Netflix, movies, etc for extended periods without headphones/external speakers. This is understandable given the form factor, but still a bit stifling. As always, MSI's software is mostly terrible and useless. For power users this isn't an issue, as fresh installs and "de-crapifying" are common, but less experienced users should be aware of this. I also had a hell of a time getting the audio drivers to work nicely, but once you uninstal Nahamic and get properly updated realtek audio drivers most issues should be solved. The provided seagate hard drive is also a bit disappointing. 5400RPM @ 1TB is pretty lackluster nowadays, but replacement should be easy for power users. Don't expect blistering fast speeds off the default hard drive if you want to run games, apps, etc off of it, however. Replacement is fairly easy, and overall working on the laptop internally seems to be a fairly easy, if annoying, procedure. Nice change of pace considering how stupidly difficult it is to get into some laptops. Also, the locations of the ports on the right side of the machine is kind of annoying, as they've been relegated to a small area to make room for the cooling system, but considering how well designed the cooling is on this laptop, it's hard to complain. Overall a very good buy for those searching for a powerful but still extremely portable machine, given that they have a nice pair of headphones lying around. Power users will be able to pull the most out of this machine, but casual users might encounter a number of hiccups when using.