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MSI CX61 0NF-256US i5 3210M 6GB 750GB 15.6in LED GT645M 2GB DVDRW BT HDMI Windows 8 Notebook


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   SKU:  
77717
   Shipping Weight:   8.75 lbs
   Part #: 9S7-16GB11-256

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Quick Specs:
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Package Contents
  • CX61 0NF-256US Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Cache 3 MB
Number of Cells 6-cell
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Limited Warranty 2 Year
Standard Memory 6 GB
Weight (Approximate) 5.72 lb
Color Gray
Operating System Windows 8
Pointing Device Type TouchPad
Processor Speed 2.50 GHz
Processor Type Core i5
Screen Size 15.6"
Screen Mode HD
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Model i5-3210M
Height 1.3"
Width 15"
Depth 10.2"
Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS WEEE ErP
Hard Drive Capacity 750 GB
64-bit Processing Yes
Processor Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model HM76 Express
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model Geforce GT 645M
Bluetooth Yes
Wireless LAN Yes
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
Optical Media Supported DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 2 GB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
FireWire/i.LINK No
HDMI Yes
Webcam Yes
Network (RJ-45) Yes
eSATA/USB Combo No
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
ProductId1023809225


Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Battery Information  
     Number of Cells: 6-cell
Built-in Devices  
     Speakers: Yes
     Webcam: Yes
Display & Graphics  
     Aspect Ratio: 16:9
     Display Screen Type: Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
     Graphics Controller Manufacturer: NVIDIA
     Graphics Controller Model: Geforce GT 645M
     Graphics Memory Capacity: Up to 2 GB
     Graphics Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
     Screen Mode: HD
     Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768
     Screen Size: 15.6"
     Wi-Di Technology: No
General Information  
     Brand Name: MSI
     Manufacturer: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
     Manufacturer Part Number: 9S7-16GB11-256
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.msicomputer.com
     Product Model: CX61 0NF-256US
     Product Name: CX61 0NF-256US Notebook
     Product Series: CX61 0NF
     Product Type: Notebook
Input Devices  
     Keyboard: Yes
     Pointing Device Type: TouchPad
Interfaces/Ports  
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     eSATA/USB Combo: No
     FireWire/i.LINK: No
     HDMI: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 1
     Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 2
     Total Number of USB Ports: 3
     VGA: Yes
Memory  
     Memory Card Reader: Yes
     Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital (SD)
Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Memory Stick
     Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
     Standard Memory: 6 GB
Miscellaneous  
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
WEEE
ErP
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • CX61 0NF-256US Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter

Network & Communication  
     Bluetooth: Yes
     Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet
     Wireless LAN: Yes
     Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Gray
     Depth: 10.2" (260.1 mm)
     Height: 1.3" (33.8 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 2.59 kg
     Width: 15" (380.2 mm)
Power Description  
     Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 90 W
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Cache: 3 MB
     Chipset Manufacturer: Intel
     Chipset Model: HM76 Express
     Direct Media Interface: 5 GT/s
     Hyper-Threading: Yes
     Processor Core: Dual-core (2 Core)
     Processor Manufacturer: Intel
     Processor Model: i5-3210M
     Processor Speed: 2.50 GHz
     Processor Type: Core i5
Software  
     Operating System: Windows 8
Storage  
     Hard Drive Capacity: 750 GB
     Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA
     Hard Drive RPM: 7200
     Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer
     Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 2 Year

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Waitwhat
03/15/13
Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
-Excellent value for this price point
i5-3210m + GT645m + 2 Year Warranty off the bat + ability for 16gb RAM (2x 8gb) + solid chassis build + good keyboard layout + solid battery life = excellent value.
-2 Year Warranty off the bat (a rarity)
-Brushed metal finish (less/no fingerprints)
-Relatively light for 15.6"
Cons
-3 USB ports only - 2x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0 (there are others near this price point with 4)
-Touchpad is a tiny bit small, also somewhat textured
-Fan runs a tad bit loud even at idle
-1366 x 768 res, felt like they could have put a 1600x900 on this but maybe that's just me (I know 1920x1080 would be asking too much at ~$700)
-Glossy screen (pretty much have to spend 1k to get a matte screen though so this isn't really a criticism)
-Wifi will occasionally drop  out, in my experience so far (only real genuine "flaw" I think I've found)
Summary
At this price point you're doing really well, the flaws are wiped away by what's offered imo. The 2 year warranty off the bat is usually $100 more to buy, so that tends to kill potential competition by itself (never skimp on laptop warranty, always get at least 2 years).
(Here's the official product page for specs btw: http://ca.msi.com/product/nb/CX61-0NF-256US.html)
The only other similar gpu offered at this price seems to be the GT630m (a Samsung I think), so you're doing well with the 2gb GT645m in any case (even if it's ddr3).
The Ram it comes with is genuine 1600 btw, but I put in a HyperX 3k ssd in with some Corsair Vengeance 1600 to bump things up a bit and it's doing nicely. With a config like that you can actually manage some decent mid-level gaming in a good fps, and more than decent in anything else.
Intel's Win 8 USB 3.0 Xtensive Host driver isn't fleshed out yet and can cause problems with multi-bay enclosures in my experience (*Win 8/Intel-centric criticism). Look around online right now and you'll see a lot of people taking issue with it. Hopefully Intel fixes it in the near future.
Win 8 is annoying yes but if you install something like Classic Shell it makes it less annoying and you can disable the 'charm bar' if you like (some quick google-fu should take care of that), so you can pretty much have it running like Win 7 pro. Win 8's real leg up is pretty much only its fast boots, reboots, wakeups, they are indeed fast particularly w/ an ssd.
Regarding warranty: I was on the phone to confirm some things with MSI, and despite MSI's warranty sticker protection on the back about voiding if you open up the back, MSI says they don't deny warranty claims if you are only upgrading RAM or installing an SSD. Only 'user induced' damage is not covered.
So if there are legitimate RMA issues after you'd upgraded with RAM or an SSD or what have you MSI does not deny claims. I would encourage you to call them if you want to upgrade in any case so you can confirm it yourself though.


This review was modfied by poster @ 03-15-13 06:03 PM

CoolRonZ
02/12/13
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
GT645m, really thin and light for a 15.6" laptop, WD Black 750GB HD, USB 3.0 and Ivy Bridge which brings PCI-E 3.0, DDR3-1600.
Cons
kind of a cheap screen and chicklet style keyboard(but its for keeping in thin)
Summary
For the money its an amazing laptop. for a little more one can get more, like for example a Lenovo Y580, double the cores CPU, and the GTX660 is also twice as fast... But the CX61 is no slouch. Its amazingly thin and light, it barely weighs more than my 18month old 11.6" Acer One netbook. USB3.0 speeds are about 40MB/s read and write. I installed a Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD and it benches the same as on my I7 3820 setup. Takes 18 seconds to boot windows 8 from the time I press the start button which is pretty amazing. So much for everyones SATA 3GB theory on laptops.. But have to remember its an IvyBridge which supports SATA2. This is as much as I personally would spend on a laptop, it games pretty good and its very light to pack around. Its got a kind of cool brushed aluminum look to it, though darker grey. And surprisingly cool to sit on your lap for extended periods. comes with a 60watt power block, compared to my 3 year old gateway 17"gaming laptop which has a 190watt, and its literally half as fast, graphics and CPU wise. Its a great laptop for general use, but I feel for half again more money, you could get twice the performance. But it wouldn't be anywhere as thin and light as this laptop. And any thin light laptops or netbooks, this thing is much better graphics wise. Already upgraded to 12GB, a DDR3-1600 8GB SODIMM is inexpensive and an easy swap, altho I did void the warranty by opening her up. It has a muti touch gesture trackpad which is kind of cool, but feels kind of funky having a textured surface, and I'm still kind of a mouse and keyboard kinda guy..

This review was modfied by poster @ 02-20-13 07:16 AM

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