MSI FX600 - An entertainment powerhouse for a bargain Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Dec 18 2010
MSI FX600 - An entertainment powerhouse for a bargain Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    70

  • value for money

    70

  • feature

    70

  • PROS
  • Ergonomic keypad
  • THX TruStudio PRO certified four-speaker system
  • Includes eSATA USB combo port
  • CONS
  • Shoddy touchpad
  • Ordinary display build quality
  • Low battery-life

Verdict

The MSI FX600 is clearly a good performer within the Rs. 45,000 price bracket. Although, MSI has adopted the cost-cutting mantra with an ordinary build-quality, the FX600 more than makes up with the consistent performance across all synthetic benchmarks and a decent performance across game benchmarks. The addition of Nvidia Optimus technology with CUDA functionality, gesture based touchpad feature and THX certified four-speaker system with an impressive two-year warranty adds great value for money. If you are looking for a decent multimedia laptop with the support for casual 3D gaming, then the FX600 will not disappoint you!

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MSI FX600 - An entertainment powerhouse for a bargain detailed review

MSI laptops have been constantly evolving over a period of time, trying to provide a complete entertainment rig without compromising on performance or price. MSI's FX600 is the answer for those looking for a complete multimedia laptop under a tight budget. Incorporating a stylish checkered texture design on the cover-lid, palm-rest and contours of the keypad layout, the FX600 portrays a unique look. The checkered texture design on the chassis, is intended to keep the palm-rest cooler, by promoting better air-flow to palms and also as anti-fingerprint material.


MSI FX600 (front view)

The matte black finish on the palm-rest adds a nice contrast to the glossy black finish on the keypad layout and the textured touchpad blends well with the contrasting checkered textures around it. The four-speaker system optimised with THX certified TruStudio PRO system includes two speakers decorating the top side of the battery compartment and two speakers located just below the palm-rest. The quick-launch buttons for multimedia and other hot functions are sandwiched between the two speakers at the top of the keypad.

FX600 (rear view)

[RELATED_ARTICLE]With the inclusion of various power management technologies like Turbo Drive Engine, NVIDIA Optimus technology and ECO Engine Power Management System, the user is provided the privilege of tailoring the power-saving and high-performance modes for his needs. The glossy display makes it difficult for viewing while subjected to bright-light conditions and the overall build quality of the laptop is just average owing to cost cutting, for such a powerful configuration. The keypad ergonomics feels good with the isolated keypad design and overcomes the cramped key-spacing issue which we encountered with the Lenovo IdeaPad G565 & G560 laptops. The soft touch keys generate sufficient tactile feedback enabling quick & accurate typing. The marked spacing between keys promotes comfortable navigation and improves usability. Another notable feature is the touchpad hotkey placed right above the touchpad. However, the touchpad is awkwardly modified by stripping off the scroll-bar feature to accommodate two-finger gesture based inputs, wherein the user inputs are often cluttered and messed up. For example, the pinch to zoom feature gets activated when the user actually intends to scroll a webpage and randomly switches between pinch, scroll & rotate functions.

FX600 (keypad layout)

Read on to know the performance, our take, specifications, ratings and performance test results in the next page...

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]Configured with an Intel Core i3 - 330M processor and an Nvidia GeForce GT 325M (1GB) graphics card, the MSI FX600 looks like it would beat its competition - the level-headed rival Lenovo G565. It trumps it across all synthetic benchmark tests including: PC Mark Vantage, SiSoft Sandra 2010 Pro and 3D Mark 2006; however, we witnessed a neck-to-neck battle between the FX600 and the G565 in the game benchmark scores across Doom3 and FarCry 2. We even loved the faster boot times with the FX600 when compared to its Lenovo counterpart. However, we were disappointed with the low battery-life of the FX600, which is an hour less than the G565. Finally, the real-world tests too favoured the MSI FX600 with good performances in multimedia and file transfer tests. The four-speaker system delivered good sound reproduction with minimal distortion even at maximum volume. The HD video playback was impressive with crisp and sharp images sans stuttering or pixelation.

FX600 (right side view)

Our Take

The MSI FX600 is clearly a good performer within the Rs. 45,000 price bracket. Although MSI has adopted the cost-cutting mantra with an ordinary build-quality, the FX600 has more than made up with the consistent performance across all synthetic benchmarks and a decent performance across game benchmarks. The addition of Nvidia Optimus technology with CUDA functionality, gesture-based touchpad feature and THX TruStudio PRO certified four-speaker system with an impressive two-year warranty adds great value for money. If you are looking for a decent multimedia laptop with the support for casual 3D gaming, then the FX600 will not disappoint you.

Specifications: Processor: Intel Core i3 - 330M; Memory: 4GB DDR3 533MHz; Chipset: Intel HM55 Express; Graphics: Intel HD integrated graphics & Nvidia GeForce GT 325M; Hard drive: 500GB; Display: 15.6-inch LED backlit, Screen resolution: 1366 x 768; Weight: 2.41 Kilograms;

Ratings
Features: 7
Performance: 7
Build Quality: 6.5
Value for money: 7.5
Overall: 7

Contact: MSI Computer India Pvt. Ltd.
Website: http://www.msi.com
E-mail: technicalindia@msi.com
Phone: 011-42701424/41758808/41758809; Ext. - Support:30 ; Technical : 43;
Price: Rs. 45,000

Brand MSI
Model FX600
Features
Component Specifications
Processor Model No Intel Core i3 - 330M
Processor Speed (MHz) 2130
RAM (MB) 4096
RAM Type DDR3
Memory Speed (MHz) 533
Chipset Intel HM55 Express
Graphics Solution Intel HD graphics & Nvidia GeForce GT 325M
Dedicated Video Memory (Y / N) Y
Dedicated Video Memory Size (in MB) 1024
Audio Chipset Realtek HD audio
HDD Size (GB) 500
Optical Drive Type / Speed DVD RW/ Super-Multi
Bundled OS Windows 7 Home Premium
Characteristics
Screen Size (Inches) 15.6
Type of LCD LED backlit
Screen Resolution (Native) 1366x768
Weight (Kg) 2.41
No of Ports (USB / FireWire) 3/None
Connectivity (LAN / Bluetooth / WiFi) Y/Y/Y
Memory Card Reader (Y/N) Y
Type of Memory Cards Supported MMC/MS/SD/SDHC
Inbuilt Webcam (Y/N) Y
Build (So 10)
Body 7.5
Keypad 7.5
Lid, movables 6
Ergonomics
Keypad Tactile Feedback (So 10) 7.5
Key Layout & Usability (So 10) 8
Shortcut Keys/Switches (So 10) 6.5
Biometrics Login (Y/N) N
WiFi On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) Y
Dedicated Bluetooth On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) N
Dedicated TouchPad On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) Y
Performance
Synthetic Scores
PC Mark Vantage
TV & Movies Score 3245
Gaming Score 3107
Music Score 4819
Memory Score 2884
Productivity Score 4624
Communications Score 4138
HDD 3255
Overall Score 4854
SiSoft Sandra 2010 Pro
CPU Arithmetic (Dhrystone ALU/Whetstone iSSE3) 31.28/20.3
CPU Multi-Media (Integer x8 aSSE2/Floating x4 iSSE2) 56.7/42.73 (x16/x8)
HDD Index (MB/s) 56.59
Random Access Time (ms) 21
Memory bandwidth (Integer/floating) (MB/s) 8800/9000
3D Mark 2006
CPU Score 2192
Overall Score 5915
Maxon CineBench R11.5 (CPU Score) 1.76
Other tests
Battery Life Test (Minutes) 116
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 1) High
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 2) Med
Real World Tests
Speaker Quality (So 10) 7.5
HD Movie Viewing (So 10) 7
WinRAR 3.9 (Compression / Decompression) (KB/s) 1364
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-sequential) (Sec) 236
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-assorted) (Sec) 220
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 Signal Strength 47.00%
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 bandwidth 54Mb/s
Doom 3 (fps) (800x600, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 108.6fps
FarCry (fps) (1024x768, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 38.29fps
Warranty (Years) 2 years
Price (Rupees) Rs. 45,000


MSI FX600 - An entertainment powerhouse for a bargain Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹45000
Release Date: 18 Dec 2010
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • OS OS
    NA
  • Display Display
    NA
  • Processor Processor
    NA

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MSI FX600 - An entertainment powerhouse for a bargain

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