MSI FX620DX Notebook is not exactly a slouch in the specification department. This little powerhouse might not be top-of-the-line, but anyone using it will likely not want for more in the performance stakes. The performance is delivered by an Intel i5 2410M CPU. It’s not the quickest processor around, but it does the trick quite nicely in this case. This is supported by 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Storage is provided by a 500GB HDD, and images are delivered to the 15.6 inch screen via an Nvidia GeForce 540M chipset, running with 1GB of VRAM.
Anyone who knows there specs will agree that this is not a bad set of numbers, particularly when you consider that it weighs in at a fairly pocket friendly price. Sure, there are cheaper notebooks out there, but the balance between power and price in this one is pretty damned good.
It will not deliver the experience that it’s bigger brother does, but that’s OK — this machine, while capable, is not built to house the power that the GT780R does. It’s more of a practical machine, both in size and price, and mid-range users will be more than happy with what it delivers.
The screen doesn’t hit full HD resolutions, unfortunately, but other than that, it’s pretty much everything a work and mid-level multimedia machine needs to be. And it features great sound – we though we should mention that – as well as an HD webcam. Incidentally, the sound performance is powered by a THX system, so there’s no surprise at its quality.
The chicklet-style keyboard is full, despite the slightly smaller size of the unit. This is supported by an effective slightly-left mounted touch pad. An odd design decision placed all the indicator lights (for CAPS Lock, NUM lock and so forth) ‘beneath’ the touch pad, so using it will obscure those indicators. A set of multimedia keys are positioned above the keyboard, including the power switch and an eject button for the unit’s DVD optical drive.
The finish of the unit is quite unique – it’s all done in a matt black plastic, textured to resemble… something woven, perhaps? Whatever it may be, it looks pretty cool, although I personally have a preference for the more common brushed-steel look that the GT780R has.
One the whole, this machine is pretty decent. It will serve the purposes of a mid-range (maybe even the lower end of the power-user range) very well, and is supported by numerous MSI apps, preinstalled on the unit. It’s priced well, and is reliable and fairly decent where battery life is concerned. It’s also a bit smaller, and lighter, than some of the other models in its class, which makes lugging it around easier. All in all, it’s a good bet for those whose requirements aren’t too extreme.
Verdict: With a decent performance and fairly friendly price-tag, this is a good bet.