MSI has not been strong in the notebook market in the past. Often their products lacked any sense of purpose, being somewhat haphazard in their features. Recently however, the shift as products have taken on shape in roles such as being exclusively for business, or geared for gaming, we have seen a much more organised structure develop as the brand MSI builds in notebooks gathers strength; so too do the products. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, with both aspects improving we have to commend MSI for vast leaps forward in terms of appeal for target markets and in terms of features in focused products as well as in performance of those products.
In particular, this GX600X top of the line notebook is a peak performer, with excellent overclocking capabilities as well as lots and lots of features and peripherals; from e-SATA or HDMI connectivity to a special 'Turbo' button that we found gives a 20% increase in processor speed. The Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity are as to be expected from a high-end notebook, whereas the graphics are truly magnificent in such a small platform.
In addition, the bundled extras such as Halo 2, a laser mouse and a unique backpack give the product a flavour all its own. What remains to be said though is the aesthetic colour scheme, which is both rich and original. The tribal tattoo flames licking around the edges are bound to make many people drool in appreciation. Unfortunately I am not one of them, and while I can respect it since I know the product performs, I would not buy this product simply because it doesn't fit my aesthetic tastes.
If they had one without the logos and glossy finish, and instead a simple matt black coating understating the products true power, then I would have no qualms in stepping out and buying it today.
Putting my tastes aside, I have to consider the target market and what the product aims to deliver. In all aspects I find it extremely well rounded, lacking in nothing and delivering on all of its promises. The only very slight niggle I have is the sound quality which sounds a bit tinny and flat, and which could be better in a product of this class.
We have decided to give it the Best Performance award because of the amazing overclocking ability, as well as being a feature packed product at an affordable price. Well done MSI.