Pros: Great specs, has had no trouble running anything i've thrown at it so far.
The 1920x1080 screen is very nice looking as well, one of the reasons I chose this over some comparable models from other manufacturers.
The battery life is very good for a laptop with specs such as these, I have been getting around 4 hours with the brightness at minimum(still quite bright, comfortable to work on) and connected to wifi.
Cons: The only thing that could use a little work is the build quality, this probably wouldn't bother most people(i've gotten over it anyhow) but there are some parts of the molded plastic that have very slight ripples or dents in it, they can really only be seen from very close up and with the light reflecting the right way(I'm a bit more ocd than most when it comes to my expensive electronics).
Also, as some others have said, the disk drive should have it's own button for those who dont want the dock software installed.
The hard drive is partitioned weirdly, with about 350gb on one side and 240 on the other, not sure why they did that, im sure it could be easily fixed, but it's not worth my time at the moment.
Another thing I don't like is the warranty voided sticker over one of the screw holes, so you cannot disassemble or upgrade anything yourself without voiding the warranty.
Overall Review: Overall, I think it's a great laptop, I would give it a 9/10 because the issues I have with it are very minor.
I think a bluray drive would make a good addition, to complement the full HD screen.
Also, another reviewer mentioned the size of the power brick. While it certainly isn't the smallest i've seen, it isn't much bigger than any of my previous laptops, none of which had even half the hardware this one has.
Pros: OWNER FOR ABOUT A WEEK HERE.
-Very lightweight and portable. Not bulky at all.
-Keyboard and keys are nicely spaced. The keys feel nice and sturdy when typing.
-For the price range, this is a great deal. I am on a tight budget so I wanted to make sure I bought something of respectable quality. I was very apprehensive at first, I have never owned an MSI product. So far I am glad I did - No buyer remorse so far.
-Sound quality is really impressive for a laptop.
-Graphics card is holding up to newly released games! (I am currently playing Skyrim on High settings with Shadow settings at Medium, and have had negligible to no lag issues.)
-Bloatware was reasonable, and easy to uninstall.
-So far, everything runs smoothly and really fast.
-Battery power seems reasonable, even when gaming.
-Screen resolution - can play games and movies on 1920x1080 which looks awesome.
Cons: -Fans are LOUD when gaming. I wear my BOSE headphones when gaming anyway, so it doesn't bother me all too much, but I can see how it could be a pitfall for others.
-No blueray player. For the price though, I personally can live without a BR player. Kind of a disappointment though.
-The CD/DVD drive has no eject button????? You CANNOT disable the SBar and have quick access to eject discs, you have to go through the start menu if you do. This personally aggravates me and is the one thing I would pay to have fixed. I will be looking online for any possible hope of replacing this in the future.
-Although the screen is really bright and the colors are really vivid, the edges of the screen, like most monitors, are darker and affect the visual quality of games and movies. I only mention it because compared to some other gaming laptops I looked at, it seems a bit more noticeable to me.
Overall Review: -I find the 15.6" screen to be the perfect size for me. I bought my boyfriend a 17" gaming laptop, and although it looks pretty sweet when gaming, the thing weighs as much as a small child and is bulky and cumbersome.
-Besides the personal preference of the CD/DVD player not having a hard eject button on the side, I really love this laptops hardware. (The SBar itself doesn't bother me, I actually like it and leave it on. It's the principle of the matter. :P)
-The main thing I wanted was a gaming laptop that could hold up to new game releases on decent graphics settings. This was the only laptop I was able to find that was within my budget that had everything I was looking for (besides open box and refurbished ASUS laptops). Although it can get a little bit hot during some heavy-graphics scenes, I noticed that this laptop cools down really fast, and have been able to play as long as I've wanted (I have only played 5 hours at a time so far though) without any problems.
Pros: i just took a trip and this laptop was just like me sitting at my 2k desktop. Everything i threw at it worked. No issues what so ever! Steam games worked flawlessley on max settings.
Cons: ok, ok, the drive has a minor issue of needing the program that runs the drive to operate. It needs to be running to use the "button" function to eject. Dont fret its not a biggie if you are familiar with work arounds.
Overall Review: 3k miles traveled no problems.
Pros: Couldn't find any other laptop with these specs that compared to this price. Light weight and totally portable. No awkwardness going from a desktop keyboard to this laptop keyboard. Very surprising but actually like the trackpad (no mouse no problem) and the button to lock it is handy. Not a FPS game I know but have played total war games on this laptop for hours and hours and heat hasn't really been noticable. Again... looks great, specs, weight, price, and has worked perfectly from day 1. Very happy with my purchase.
Cons: The brick is literally half the size of an actual brick. Would love to find a substitute if anyone has any ideas. Haven't had the need for a 4th USB port but it would've been nice. Rebate is taking forever. Wish I could take off those advertisement stickers that are near the keyboard
Overall Review: Had this laptop for a little over a month now and everything has worked great. Bloatware wasn't too excessive and had the option of not installing what I didn't want. S-bar and disk drive eject button placement isn't a problem as some have described (actually like it). The vast majority of my movies are on a hard drive so no blu-ray drive hasn't been a concern. Hard drive partition is kind of odd but again haven't run into any issues with it being as such. I plug-in everywhere I've been so don't have an opinion on the battery life. Almost bought an ASUS until I noticed the weight difference. Glad I didn't. Highly recommend.
Pros: The features for the price are amazing. The THX sound is great and the system "bloatware" was actually very useful for keep the battery usage at a min. The Technical Support was responsive and friendly.
Cons: The hard drive died after 12 days of use, on the first day of large transfer loads. I called the tech department but I needed to register my product first. Their online registration didn't include Alaska as a state, in their drop down menu. I tried calling their RMA department over 10 times during their posted business hours, to zero response. They didn't even have a voicemail. After about 10 days, I sent their service department an e-mail with my issues thinking they could get resolved. After 48 hours I got back an email linking the product registration site.
Overall Review: Buyer Beware: I made a dire mistake not getting a warranty from Newegg directly. I think anyone who buys this notebook should see what a good deal for the cost it is. However, "you get what you pay for" and in this case you run the risk of what happened to me.
I'm going to try and talk to their tech department again, as they're the only people who will respond in a sensible manner. Worst case I'm gonna have to throw out their bunk warranty and get a new hdd myself. Maybe next time I'll go with a more "trusted brand."
Pros: Works really well for its price, especially in comparison to the other retail brands where you pay more for less specs. For now I'm running Team Fortress 2 smooth on the highest; still have to try Crysis. HD quality is great. Love the design. Plays audio very well, didnt expect this from the top two small rectangle speakers. The 8GB ram is WAY more than enough, good to know that I dont have to worry about running multiple programs.
Cons: The left and right click is a single bar, and it barely makes a clicking sound when you press it for reassurance. But since its a gaming laptop, a wireless mouse replaces that issue. Other than that, i don't have too much to complain about.
Overall Review: Fast shipping, got it in two days after purchase. The built in microphone seems to give off a static backround, as I was told from a friend. Hopefully I can find a fix for that.
Pros: everything about it, from the new design to the i7 and the nice screen.
Cons: kind of loud when then nvidia gpu is running, other than that not much to complain about.
Overall Review: I own an old MSI gt627, about 2 years old now. Its still running strong and holding up to everything i can throw at it and the battery is still holding its full charge unlike many other laptops out there. The only reason I picked this one up was beacuse i felt like I needed a new laptop but I still find myself on my old one a lot more than this one. I dont see much difference in performance between the two other than this one has dx11. Also, not much of a fan of the switching GPUs but I can live with it.
Pros: Fast, good price as long as everything works the way iy is supposed to.
Cons: Day 1, multiple dead or stuck pixels. The DVD drive is very loud when it spins up. There is no physical eject button on the DVD drive, only above the keyboard but once you uninstall the MSI dock software (which places a large star at the top of your screen and leaves an open application in the task bar all of the time) it is no longer functional. The Power brick is huge. The hard drive comes pre-partitioned and in very odd sizes. The system partition gets 350ish gigs and the data partition was in the 250 range. I would prefer to have had the choice myself. How this is handled will largely determine whether or not I continue to buy MSI branded notebooks or MSI components for that matter.
Overall Review: To be honest I could learn to live with the loud, eject buttonless DVD drive, and I could get used to dragging around a huge power cord, but the dead pixel thing is unacceptable. I am awaiting instructions from Newegg and MSI...