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 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.
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.
|Intel Core i5-2410M
|Processor clock speed
|Memory slots free
|Realtek HD Audio
|Nvidia GeForce GT 520M
|Total storage capacity
|Optical drive type
Ports and Expansion
|Wired network ports
|Wireless networking support
|PC Card slots
|Supported memory cards
|SDHC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD
|minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3
|Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
|Operating system restore option
|Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
|two years collect and return