Summary: Souped-up. MSI's CX61 multimedia notebook line gets an extensive upgrade. A Haswell CPU and current Nvidia graphics card bring the device up-to-date technologically. But did MSI put real work into fixing the predecessor's flaws, or did they simply switch out the hardware? Read our comprehensive review to find out.
Pros: Fair price-performance ratio, Great application performance..., ...which is also available in battery mode, Bright, matte Full HD display, Blu-ray drive, Good WLAN, Gigabit LAN, Maintenance-friendly, MSI finally treats a device in this series to a good Full HD display.
Cons: Poor manufacturing quality, Input devices take some getting used to, High energy consumption, Rather loud under load, Background lighting for the keyboard would have been great.
Summary: Gaming cost-cutter. The CX61 from MSI targets those users who are looking for an affordable multimedia notebook - but don't want to sacrifice the ability to play games. For less than 600 Euros (~$800), the notebook comes equipped with a Core i5-3210M and a dedicated Nvidia GPU - and some drawbacks as far as build quality is concerned.
Pros: Good overall as well as gaming performance, 2x USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Fair price, Not everybody wants to (or is able to) spend more than 1000 Euros (~$1350) on a notebook suitable for gaming. The MSI CX61 appeals to those looking for a bargain, offers well-matched components, and allows for decent framerates when playing the current crops of games.
Cons: Only average build quality, Fan is always on, Short battery life, Weak display, Input devices take some time getting used to, Even though compromises are a necessity given the price point of 600 Euros (~$800), the chassis of the CX61 is a bit disappointing: it is not very sturdy and the build quality is lacking.
Summary: The MSI CX61 (20D-011UK) is more of a traditional desktop replacement system than a lightweight Ultrabook, but MSI’s CX61 is the cheapest Haswell-based laptop we’ve seen. Read our MSI CX61 (20D-011UK) review to find out more.
Excerpt: This version of the MSI CX61 has a quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM processor and 8GB of RAM, which is a great foundation for a high-end laptop. It's a real powerhouse, and completed our benchmarks with a hugely impressive overall score of 81. For reference, our current desktop reference processor, the 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, scores 100, and we’ve seen plenty of desktop PCs with less powerful CPUs than this laptop.
Excerpt: Biraz karışım. MSI'ın CX61 multimedia notebooku pahalı bir güncellemeden geçmiş. Haswell işlemci ve Nvidia grafik kartı laptopu günümüz standartlarına taşıyor. Peki MSI önceki versiyonun hatalarını gidermiş mi? yoksa sadece donanımı mı güncellemiş?
Excerpt: Turbinado. A linha de portáteis multimídia MSI CX61 obtém uma atualização extensa. Uma CPU Haswell e uma placa de vídeo da Nvidia faz com que o dispositivo esteja atualizado tecnologicamente. Mas será que MSI realmente trabalhou solucionando as falhas do antecessor, ou será que eles simplesmente trocaram o hardware? Leia nossa análise para descobrir.
Courte critique du PC portable MSI CX61-i572M281BW7
4 February 2014
Excerpt: Boosté. La famille des ordinateurs portables multimédia, les CX61 de MSI, ont droit à une mise à jour complète. Un processeur Haswell et une carte graphique Nvidia de dernière génération permettent une refonte de la technologie incluse dans cette machine. Mais MSI a-t-il travaillé à combler les failles du prédécesseur de son appareil, ou s'est-il contenté de changer les composants ? Notre test vous le dira.