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MSI FX720 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £662
inc VAT

The FX720 may have a powerful processor and graphics chip, but looks overpriced compared to HP's dv7-6000sa


17.3 in 1,600×900 display, 2.8kg, 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

In terms of aesthetics, the FX720 isn’t the smartest laptop we’ve seen recently. It shares some design elements with MSI’s cheaper laptops: the case is finished in a ‘scratch-resistant’ textured black plastic which isn’t particularly attractive.

MSI FX720 left ports

MSI hasn’t used the entire width of the case for the keyboard and number pad, which is a shame as the keys felt smaller than other laptops’. The numberpad has four columns, but the main Enter key is only single-height and the backslash key has been moved to the left of the spacebar.

MSI FX720 keyboard

The keys themselves are good, however, with a light action and a crisp bite that provides excellent feedback for touch-typists. The touchpad isn’t particularly large but has a nice textured surface; we found it responsive, but the single see-saw button is a bit stiff.

Although at face value the FX720 looks like a bargain, it has some frustrating niggles that we can’t forgive: the cramped keyboard, dated design and limited battery life detract from what is otherwise a powerful laptop with a large screen and some modern features. The HP Pavilion dv7-6000sa may be slightly slower, but its large screen, massive hard disk and excellent build quality make it a bargain at under £500.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i5-2410M
Processor clock speed 2.3GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 418x269x39mm
Weight 2.8kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 17.3 in
Native resolution 1,600×900
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GT 520M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 1,024MB


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

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £662

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