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MSI 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Aluminum Shell Design
Dual Fan cooling system
Quite Slim but sturdy
Decent Gaming performance and sound
Draws air in through the top for better cooling
Nice sleek feel, doesn't get too hot when gaming
Compared to the terribad Toshiba X775 I had previously, this performance is way higher, as it isn't so prone to over heating
Matte screen, this may not be a pro to everyone, but unlike glossy, it doesn't have those extreme glare issues.
Killer LAN Wireless, allowing you to set Application priorities.

Registering will give you an additional 3 months of warranty and will allow you to remove the warranty sticker. You can confirm this with MSI support.

Cons: This model is a little low on storage for the SSD and hard drive.
Pretty weak customer service. Replaced laptop due to their suggestion due to a defective trackpad. later discovered it wasn't a hardware issue and resolved it myself.
No HDMI in, which would be pretty awesome to hook a console up to it.
Much more difficult to access RAM if you want to change it out or upgrade

A little bloatware, but not so much and can be easily uninstalled.

Other Thoughts: Do note that you can remove the warranty sticker after registering your system. As long as you don't damage something, there is no issue.
As for the touchpad issue some have, you must update the drivers to the latest ones from their website. Go to MSI's website and make sure to tick the Global portion. For some stupid reason you can't get notebook drivers from the USA site.
Also, when updating to Windows 8.1, I found another couple of issues. You apparently need to reinstall the touchpad drivers and change another setting.

Bring up your Charms bar and select Settings.
The proceed to go to Change PC settings
Go to PC and Devices then Mouse and touchpad. Go under Touchpad and set it to no delay.

Doing all these fixed most of the touchpad issues. The last portion is something stupid Microsoft did, which only messed things up for using the touuhpad in stuff like games.

All this being said, MSI did a pretty good job. It cost more than my last laptop, but I really fell like I am getting more value out of it.

I am able to play games on the highest settings without issue, which I couldn't do on my Toshiba Qosmio X775.

Do note this laptop uses Optimus, if your games are sluggish, you might be running on Intel Graphics. To know for sure if you are running on the Nvidia graphics, the power button light will turn orange.

For anyone having issues getting to things they are used to, you can get to many things by holding the Start key and hitting the X key.

TOSHIBA Laptop Qosmio X775-Q7384 Intel Core i7 2nd Gen 2670QM (2.20 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Don't get me wrong, this laptop holds up and runs quite well. It is a decent performer now, though not as good as current models obviously.
With Blu-ray, the Nvidia 560m graphics and various other options such as bluetooth, and a mini subwoofer.

Cons: The biggest issue lies with the design flaw in the X770/X775 series. Only gamers will notice this over time. The power membrane is easily affected by heat and thus starts to malfunction. In turn, it has uncontrollable spazes and starts acting like the power button is being held down.

This can happen randomly, so while in the middle of watching a movie, playing a game, or just browsing the net. It seems to be more sensitive to contact anywhere around the power button area.

Other Thoughts: Since Toshiba customer service seems to refuse to acknowledge this widespread issue, everyone is best seeking alternatives for products since this company doesn't seem to care about customer satisfaction at all and is fine with selling defective products.

Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works fine once installed correctly 12/28/2010

This review is from: Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5" Internal 40-in-1 Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port & Extra Silver Face Plate

Pros: Reads multiple types of flash media
Includes an additional USB port

Cons: Can only read one memory card at a time
SD Card is install upside down which is unusual

Other Thoughts: If you are having issues with installation such as "device canot start" Go to Rosewill's site at and download the Windows 7 drivers for this model: 'RCR-IC001' The filename will be rcr-ic001-rcr-ic002-rcr-im5001 windows 7 driver.rar and can be extracted with programs like 7zip of winrar.

I had the issue I mentioned above, and I am using Windows XP, and these drivers made it operate perfectly. So these drivers will work just fine even if you are not using Windows 7.


Casey S.'s Profile

Display Name: Casey S.

Date Joined: 11/23/06

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  • First Review: 12/26/06
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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