Key Features: Quad-core, Sandy Bridge Core i7 CPU; Nvidia GTX 640M Graphics; 8GB DDR3 RAM; Twin 7,200rpm HDDs in RAID 0; Dynaudio 4.1 Speakers; USB 3.0 & eSATA 2

Manufacturer: MSI

specs
Quick Glance
Display 15.6
Processor Intel Core i7 2630QM
Processor Speed Standard 2 - 2.9GHz
Memory (RAM) 8
Solid State Drive (SSD) No
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 1000
Processor, Memory & Storage
Processor Intel Core i7 2630QM
Processor Speed Standard 2 - 2.9GHz
Memory (RAM) 8
Solid State Drive (SSD) No
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 1000
Hard Disk Drive Speed 7200
DVD Optical Drive DVD Rewriter
Graphics & Sound
Graphics Nvidia GTX 640M
Display 15.6
Display Finish Glossy
Communication
Ethernet Gigabit
Mobile Broadband/3G No
Bluetooth Yes
Webcam HD
Connectivity
Audio Connections 4x 3.5mm for analogue surround sound, headphone and microphone
Data
Card Reader SD/HC, MMC, MS/Pro/Duo
Software
Operating System Windows 7
Physical Specifications
Weight (With Battery) 3.5
Dimensions Width 395
Depth 267
Other
Battery life 226
Special Features Sandy Bridge CPU, Orange LED lighting, Gaming graphics
Battery 7800mAh/87Wh/9-cell

Denis iii

January 28, 2011, 2:02 pm

£1400 for that ugly monstrosity? MSI must be having a laugh!


MSI laptops albeit ugly used to be priced well on a level with US pricing but looks they are taking evil ASUS' tactic of highly jacking up the price in the UK.

Jones

January 28, 2011, 4:19 pm

Im a resident supporter of MSI and in reply to Denis iii - their pricing has been consistent over the past 2/3 years on their top end gaming platforms. The quad core GT725 I picked up 2 years ago was maybe only a shade under the price of this one - both at the higher end of the market at time of release.





You also have to remember that MSI are a Chinese company (I think!) so their pricing structures will be hugely effected by $/£ exchange rates and the fact that the Chinese economy machine is largely making most things more expensive.





This is a different chasis to mine but I recently needed the power port re-soldered due to too much fiddling with it. Same thing happened at almost the same time with my brothers GT725. But then this is amongst the most common of issues with power hungry laptops. Just a word of warning - the guts of MSI machines are apparently several degrees more complicated than usual laptop internals. I didnt get charged extra for the repair but it did take the fella a good 3 or 4 times longer than usual.





And who buys an expensive laptop for its looks?!

TrustingTony

January 28, 2011, 10:12 pm

This looks like a promising option for someone like myself who is looking to grab a Sandy Bridge powered laptop asap. But do we know who'll be stocking this, and when?

Karlgannon

February 2, 2011, 6:35 pm

For the spec this is a MONSTER, looks are good also, wish I could swap my acer 5920g for one, but its out my price range, but I dont think it is overpriced, beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say. I would love one.

TechVegan

February 2, 2011, 8:39 pm

@Denisiii:


Never judge a book by its cover.


And all gaming laptops are 'monstrosities', though some are indeed a sight more attractive.


Still, MSI's latest design is definitely a positive evolution.





@Jones:


"And who buys an expensive laptop for its looks?!" Two words: Macbook Air. As far as gaming laptops are concerned though, internals and ergonomics are indeed far more important than visual impact.





@TrustingTony:


Micro Anvika should be but one of many retailers getting stock in this month.





@Karlgannon:


Agree that it's excellent value!

TechVegan

February 2, 2011, 9:47 pm

UPDATE:


Looks like we might have to wait a little longer for retail availability :(


The following is direct from MSI:


"MSI has been informed by Intel about the design issues in the Intel 6 series chipsets. According to Intel the performance of some of the Intel SATA ports on Intel 6 series products can degrade over a period of 3 years. MSI takes the quality of our products very seriously, so at this moment we are investigating product batches that may be affected and, meanwhile, have stopped all shipments to our distributors and resellers. Additionally, we asked resellers to hold sales of the Intel 6 series based MSI products to customers until the issue can be resolved."


Unfortunately, as it uses Intel's PM67 chipset, the GT680R is one of the products apparently affected...

Viview

November 21, 2011, 2:52 pm

Many pople are using MSI Laptop,and me,too.I think it's very good.I don't want to have a change.
http://www.laptopadapters.com.au/150w-msi-gt680-ac-power-adapter-with-cord-p-5230.html

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