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MSI FX600 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £650
inc VAT

Blu-ray usually means paying a premium, but MSI may have found the right balance between performance and cost with the new FX600


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.5kg, 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Lasting just over four hours in our battery test, the FX600 is about average for a 15in laptop. It managed this thanks to Nvidia Optimus technology, which can switch from the power-hungry GT 325M to the onboard Intel HD graphics chip when running on battery power.

MSI FX600 left

Connectivity is average, with only two dedicated USB ports, although the e-SATA port doubles as a third. A card reader supports SD, XD, MMC and memory stick and wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

MSI FX600 right

The FX600’s attractive black chassis is solidly built and, at 2.5kg, reasonably portable. The Chiclet-style keyboard is responsive: the keys are almost full size and there’s even room for a number pad, but individual keys felt very loose and were noisy when typing. The touchpad is excellent, though. The dimpled surface meant very little resistance for our fingers. Mouse clicks were always responsive, despite the touchpad being one long see-saw rather than two separate buttons.

Blu-ray on the move is definitely the highlight of the FX600, which more than holds its own in everyday tasks and is even up for some gaming. Even though Nvidia has just announced the new, faster 400M series of mobile raphics cards, the GT 325M is still a great budget performer. Naturally, if you won’t use the Blu-ray player or the power of the graphics card, you’re better off saving around £100 and opting for a laptop without these features, but the FX600 is great value if you will.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i3-330M
Processor clock speed 2.13GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 383x249x33mm
Weight 2.5kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GT 325M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 1,024MB


Total storage capacity 500GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other ports eSATA (shared with USB socket), minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included Microsoft Works 9 SE, InterWin WinDVD 8
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £650

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