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Jason M.

Jason M.

Joined on 08/06/02

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Most Favorable Review

This Laptop is perfect for the price!

MSI Laptop Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 (2.26GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium GT627-216US
MSI Laptop Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 (2.26GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium GT627-216US

Pros: So far I’ve only tested the game Crysis on this machine. I tested at native resolution (1280x800 on this machine) and all settings on “High”. The FPS ranges mostly around 25-30 fps. This is generally considered very playable for people but if that’s not fast enough for you, you can drop a few things down to medium to get it more around 35-40 fps (which is very playable). Keep your shader and post-processing and motion blur on high, and put the rest to medium and you’ll get a huge jump in performance with very little drop in visual quality. This laptop is thinner than I thought, but personally I dig that. It’s also very light. The keyboard has somewhat less room due to the 10-key addition but the overall size for typing is no problem at all. The red & graphite/black look is REALLY cool – doesn’t look cheap at all. The lid closes nice and easy with tiny magnets. The touchpad is nice and easy to use and the screen has the regular anti-glare type and saturates color nicely.

Cons: The first thing you’ll notice with this laptop is the keyboard. It’s definitely “springy” as everyone says it is. However, I remember reading around on an easy fix to make it not so weird anymore. I can’t say it really affects typing at all though, more of an aesthetic issue. The sound isn’t the greatest. It doesn’t come with a mini subwoofer like some other laptops do so the audio only goes from mids to highs so it might get a little pingy. I previously owned an Acer 5920g that had a subwoofer and virtual speaker and some other stuff and the sound was EXCELLENT. So maybe not I’m just spoiled. But I’d still suggest using headphones if you’re an audiophile. I’m also personally upset that you cannot get this machine with XP installed instead, but that’s never going to change. Vista will always be pushed with laptops and left for us die-hards who like what we’re used to. I’m sure there’s a way to install it and make it work – it’s just an issue of finding the drivers.

Overall Review: This machine comes partitioned with a C: and D: drive already. C: has 50 gigs I believe and the rest on D:. That's really an awesome thing to come pre-packaged that way since it's good to re-install your operating system about once a year to clean out all of the junk. For 1,099 dollars (about 1,250 with taxes and UPS 1 day saver shipping) it's an AWESOME deal. Don't be distracted by other people saying that you need higher resolution graphics, etc. You have to remember that the larger the resolution, the SLOWER your games will play. So just becuase that more expensive laptop you're eyeballing has a larger resolution and a better graphics card, doesn't mean it'll run any faster than this one. Possibly slower actually. Don't be confused by the marketing hype (I work in marketing so it's obvious to me). I am extremely critical on buying electronics and I make my decisions very carefully. Took me about a month to decide on which laptop to purchase. This was the winner!

Most Critical Review

Fried on me!

VANTEC VA4-C7040 74mm TMD (Tip-Magnetic Driving) CPU Cooler
VANTEC VA4-C7040 74mm TMD (Tip-Magnetic Driving) CPU Cooler

Comments: This thing fried my chip to 92 degrees celsius! The damn thing just died out while I was two hours into a game. It worked great for the first month or so but it just died out. So now I'm out 30 dollars on this fan, and 120 dollars on my XP 2400+! No I didn't have any wired impeding with the thing or anything else. I've been building machines for 10 years and this is the first I've seen a fan die out so quickly.

Doesn't even work

Motherboards - AMD
Motherboards - AMD

Comments: I bought this board, and even bought the newer L7s7a board that has the same issues. I changed every single component around the motherboard and it wouldn't boot up, we're talking power supply, chip, drive cables, case, video cards, hard drives, ram. I've been building computers for 10 years and I have never, EVER ran into a problem like this and I've figured out some very difficult situations. The funny thing is that I have the OLD K75SA (non pro version, the board is black, not purple) and that one worked with NO problems whatsoever. I don't trust anything new from ECS beyond the original K75SA since it literally doesn't make any sense. The only thing I didn't try using was Voodoo.