I have owned many laptops from nearly every major manufacturer. Some were great and some were not. After having owned many MSI desktop components which have been great so far I thought I would give this laptop a go.
It is a really nice looking laptop. The finish is nice for the price and it comes with many features only found on more expensive laptops such as the speakers which are by far the best I have ever heard in a laptop. You can also tell that this is a quad core 8gb laptop because it is quite fast. The 1080p resolution is also a welcome change from my 13" 1280x800 VAIO monitor and my scrolling finger is getting a much needed rest. I also love having a ten key as I use Excel for finance nearly every day.
There are some negatives however. I am not a fan of preloaded bloatware in general, but the software that comes with this laptop is particularly obnoxious. I assume the computer manufacturers get kickbacks from software companies but the annoying software in question here is MSI's rather than third party. This is bearable but annoying.
The track pad seems like it should be more sensitive. It is a multi-touch, which is nice, and it has a bumpy low friction surface, which is also nice, but it doesn't seem to register my touch as well as all of the other laptops I have had before. This may not bother you but after using many different laptops in the past this track pad just doesn't respond as well as what I am used to.
The hard drive is large which I like, but it is pre-partitioned into a partition for the OS, one for the data, and one for restoration purposes. I keep all of my media and files synced with a server so I don't worry about saving anything during a destructive formatting of my hard drive and I would like to have control over the partitioning of the drive. I personally prefer having one partition, this is a personal choice and your needs or preferences may vary.
Lastly, I have some issues with my monitor and multiple blue spots on the screen. After reading some other reviews it seems that I am not alone. I contacted MSI and they were unwilling to do anything to remedy the situation. After having purchased thousands of dollars worth of MSI motherboards and graphics cards in the past, the poor customer service means I will not be supporting them with my money any longer. This computer is less than one week old and it is apparently not eligible for warranty support. According to MSI, monitor defects are to be expected. This doesn't instill in me any confidence in MSI's customer service or their quality control department since this should have been easy to screen out before it left the factory.
If you need a high power, small budget laptop, and you have no aversion to manufacturing defects, this may be what you are looking for. If you can afford a different brand with similar specs you may want to pass on this one.