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MSI GX660R-060US 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

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MSI GX660R-060US Gaming Laptop
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Feb 19 2011 - The MSI GX660R-060US is a fast 15.6-inch gaming notebook that features a powerful Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor and a high-end ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 graphics card. Combine these components with a full HD display and Blu-ray drive to create a top-notch multimedia machine as well. Gamers will also appreciate a spacious 640GB 7200RPM hard drive and an abundance of ports. While the system is a bit bulky for its screen size, the premium components and $1,400 street price make the MSI GX660-R-060US a top pick for gamers.

Pros

  • Excellent Value
  • Fast Processor and Powerful Video Card
  • Great Multimedia Capabilities with Blu-ray Drive and HDMI

Cons

  • Larger Than Typical 15.6-Inch Notebooks
  • Keyboard Isn't Backlit
  • TrackPad Takes Some Getting Used To

Description

  • Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz Processor
  • 15.6-Inch Full HD 16:9 1920x1080 LCD Panel
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB DDR5 VRAM
  • 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Combo Drive
  • 720p HD Webcam
  • Two USB 2.0, Two USB 3.0, HDMI-Out, Bluetooth
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • 10.2" x 15" x 1.8" @ 7.7 Pounds

Review - MSI GX660R-060US 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop PC

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The MSI GX660R-060US is a midsize notebook geared for gaming. Externally, the black chassis and orange lights give off a gaming feel. The build quality is decent, even though there is a small amount of flex. The system is also on the larger size weighing in at nearly 8 pounds, but this can be expected since it's powered by high performance components.

Speaking of high-end parts, the MSI GX660R-060US is equipped with an Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz processor. While you might question the speed, remember that the Core i7-740QM is a powerful quad-core CPU. The GX660R-060US also comes with 6GB of DDR3 memory, which is above average for the $1,400 street price.

The display is also excellent on this gaming notebook. Gamers will enjoy full HD, 1920x1080 resolution on the LCD panel. And what better way to enjoy playing games on the MSI GX660R-060US than with an ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB graphics card. Most games play with ease even at high settings. Another way to take advantage of the top-notch display is by watching Blu-ray movies on the included Blu-ray combo drive. And with an HDMI port, you can enjoy HD multimedia on a compatible HDTV.

If you enjoy chatting with friends and family via a webcam, the 720p model doesn't disappoint. The MSI GX660R-060US also offers excellent sound with Dynaudio Premium Sound Technology. It's nice to hear clear audio on a laptop, as sound quality has been a weakness in laptops in the past. And since games require an abundance of storage space, the MSI GX660R-060US offers a spacious 640GB 7200RPM hard drive.

The MSI GX660R-060US also features an abundance of ports, including two USB 3.0 inputs and Bluetooth. But unfortunately, the keyboard isn't backlit, although the inclusion of a numeric keypad is nice. And the trackpad can prove to be a bit tricky at first and takes some getting used to. Also note that the battery life is quite short compared to average 15.6-inch notebooks because of the powerful components.

Even with a few minor flaws, the MSI GX660R-060US is an excellent choice for gamers due to its aggressive street price and fast components. The GX660R-060US makes a great multimedia machine and provides smooth gameplay even at high settings.

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