Announced in September, the MSI FX600 is a 15-inch laptop for home entertainment use. It comes with an Intel Core i3 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT325M graphics. Catered for home entertainment use, the MSI FX600 has very good onboard audio, switchable graphics, but is it worth the money? Let’s find out...
The MSI FX600 has a finely textured touchpad that is very responsive to touch.
Design The MSI FX600 is uninspiring in its choice of screen lid color and texture. Unlike the Dell Studios, Sony Vaios, and HP Pavilions of the laptop world, the MSI FX600 has a tame matte black screen lid with a textured surface. It isn’t glossy -- which means it’s fingerprint free, but overall boring and definitely incapable of attracting any attention at a coffee shop.
The MSI FX600 has average build quality, nothing great. In fact, its overall plastic surface doesn’t feel premium and the laptop certainly isn’t in the league of Dell, Lenovo or Sony laptops offered at the price point. The MSI FX600 weighs 2.5-kg with a six-cell battery, which is good for a 15-inch mainstream laptop.
Usability The MSI FX600 laptop comes with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with a standard 1366x768 pixel resolution. The screen is quite bright and offers good contrast levels and overall good viewing angles. Reading text or watching movies isn’t a problem, to say the least. The MSI FX600 comes with a 1.3MP webcam on its top screen bezel which comes handy in videochats over the Web.
The MSI FX600’s keyboard has a nice, chiclet-styled keys laid out on its keyboard -- just like the MSI CX420. But the MSI FX600’s keyboard flexes while typing -- particularly around the center of the keyboard deck. Compared to the keyboards sported by Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 or Dell Inspiron M501R or Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG, the MSI FX600’s keyboard feels mediocre. Its saving grace is a dedicated number pad on the right, which behaves much better than the rest of the keyboard.
No problems with the laptop’s touchpad, however. The MSI FX600’s touchpad has a very fine texture and is very responsive to touch -- generally a great joy to use. But the touchpad is accompanied by a single-strip mouse button that is difficult to work with -- you are never sure if you’ve clicked it down properly. So, the MSI FX600 has a very good touchpad but a disappointing mouse button strip.