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MSI GE620-021US 15.6-Inch Full HD Laptop (Black)

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  • The latest 2nd generation Intel Core i7 Processor Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (MSI recommends upgrade to Genuine Windows 7 Professional)
  • Full-Color Backlight Keyboard Exclusive DDR3 SO-DIMM x 4 slot Design
  • 15.6-Inch Full HD (1920x1080) LED backlight High-end NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB discrete graphics card
  • Sound by Dynaudio THX TruStudio Pro Provides Excellent Surround Sound
  • Latest and fastest Data Transfer Technology USB 3.0

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 3.7 x 38.3 cm ; 2.4 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: GE620-021US
  • ASIN: B004RM7A8M
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 2 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,675 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alain Pernot on Sept. 6 2011
This is the best laptop computer on the market in it's price range right now!
I sure am a happy camper with it... Look at the specs!
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I received it today, have installed MS Office and done all the Windows and Office updates so far. It has 640GB hard drive, pre-partitioned almost half and half. Not a bad idea, the Program Files and the OS reside in the same partition by default, and I can put movies, music, pics, etc on the other. Nice that I didn't have to wipe the drive and reinstall the drivers to get partitioning I agreed with. 5.28 lbs is really light! Nice change from the expensive Dell XPS M1530 that just crapped out on me 4 yrs and 3 motherboards after I bought it.

Mine came with 8GB of RAM, a spec I didn't see on this web site, but MSI tech support told me is standard. There is no backlit keyboard,I called MSI tech support and asked since this site says there is. This is an error, there is not. MSI tech support was good and bad - they answered the phone right away, twice! But my first support guy wasn't very knowledgeable about the product. WAY better than Dell's support services anyway, what a nice change! And the tech support was American, not some country where they have no idea what we're going through here and likely don't even have their own computer at home.

No Bluetooth either. MSI uses the same case for multiple models, so there's a bluetooth power function key and indicator light that does nothing. The screen - yes high def, but not the best, it's got plenty of glare, the blacks are not all that black, and your viewing angle needs to be head-on, like old laptops used to be. Let's just say you don't need one of those 3M screens for your privacy. I'm not impressed with the quality of a high def movie on this machine. I did not try a video game, maybe it was the crappy integrated gpu instead of the good discrete one - I'll try to tweak the settings and see.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Iffy April 25 2011
By Jason Fida - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Laptop, shame on nvidia July 9 2011
By Shintze - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great laptop all around.
Pros:
Its lightweight (at least 1kg less than my last 15 inch laptop)
Great components (quad core i7 + gt540 + 8gmRAM + 7200RPM HD +1080p screen for this price? where do I sign?)
Awesome sound (THX + 2.1 are a blast)
Great value for its price
Great keyboard (smooth and well spaced)
Really decent battery life (got it up to 2 hours of heavy use and almost 4 of internet browsing)
About its build quality, even though its plastic all around, it has a solid feel to it and it doesn't look at all cheap

Cons:
The S-Bar (its a minor thing, but you need to have the program open for the f-keys and the dvd eject button to work) Now why is that a con? because the program places a star in the center top of your screen which I find anoying and there is no way to hide.
Optimus technology: Yes its a blast that the PC can switch between graphic cards and thus gain battery efficiency, but it comes at a price:
1) Its not optional. I learned that the screen is physically connected to the intel card (and when the gt540 is used, it basically processes all the image and gives it to the intel card to display) What that means is that there is no way to disable the intel card should you want to, because the monitor is conected to it and you'd just have no video. So the nly way to always use the gt540 is using the software, but it has restrictions... for example most of windows features will run by default with the intel card and there is no way to change that, at least for now.
2) The card auto select does not work that well. Fisrt thing I did when I bought the PC was install The witcher 2, to test its power. Even with settings in low and a suboptimal resolution the game was a disaster, skipping frames, barely able to move. I found out later that it was using the intel card to process.... I had to personally go and force the GT540 (as default for the whole pc, because if I just chose it for that program it would crash for some reason)and then I could bump the things all the way to High and it worked flawlesly.

Conclusion: I'd buy it again, but its a pitty that two functions that should make your life easier, end up complicating it because there is no way of disabling them.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the one I like... April 22 2011
By Mike the Knight - Published on Amazon.com
I have been using this laptop for about two weeks now and have no complains about its performance and build quality. This is a beautiful and powerful machine for both professionals and gamers alike.

Solid build,Intel Core i7-2630QM HRV 2.0GHz Processor,6MB Smart Cache 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 640GB SATA Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with 1GB GDDR3 a 2.0 MP camera and much more.

I saw some negative reviews at another site, but those people didn't bother to read the instructions or rushed too quick to complain about things that could be easily adjusted to the right choice, with the click of a mouse button.

I was waiting for some thing like this to become available for a long time and for the price it is a steal. I will update my review if I found any cons or problems but for now every thing is greatMSI GE620-021US 15.6 Full HD Laptop - Gray.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
delighted with this laptop Nov. 6 2011
By who dresses you - Published on Amazon.com
I researched laptops for 2 months before settling on the MSI GE 620. There were other brands that came close (such as ASUS and DELL)but the MSI delivered the most power and components for the best price. I paid one dollar under a thousand (Cdn finds) for a i7 2630QM, Nvidia GT 555, 2GB DDR3, 15.6" 1920 x 1080 screen, 8GB RAM, 750GB HD. 3 3.0 USB slots, HDMI etc etc. (Oh yeah, bluetooth capable although the packing stated it had no bluetooth)

I expected this rig to perform smoothly and be pleasing to handle and have to say it has exceeded my expectations. I'm new to laptops and found the recovey disk procedure and other maintenance/optimizing options easy to follow and use. I've seen bloatware mentioned in other reviews; I either deleted or disabled what I didn't care for without any trouble.

Perhaps the biggest pleasant surprise was that Windows 7 runs my InDesign graphics software (!!)All research previously done on this subject indicated I'd have to upgrade to Windows Pro to run this older version of InDesign (CS3) Photoshop and Dreamweaver likewise run flawlessly on the new OS. (My PC is on XP)

I like:

Pretty much everything. What I'd change if I could are the battery life and the weight but you can't have it all.

Cons & Nitpicking:

1. It's kinda heavy to carry around. 5.3 lbs
2. Battery life is only 2 - 4 hours, depending on what you're up to. Gaming will drain the battery in 2 hours, easy.
3. I prefer a non-glare screen
4. Feels hot after you've been gaming for a while. I don't know if this is hard on a machine or not. Maybe it just means the cooling system is doing a good job.
5. Trackpad key is a little stiff

I'd certainly recommend this model, especially for graphic designers who can't afford a MAC and who also want to relax and play some demanding video games.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HD Video Capture in the field - The only LapTop that can Oct. 2 2011
By PS VIDEO - Published on Amazon.com
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The MSI GE 620 is the only laptop that can successfully partner with the BlackMagic Design Intensity shuttle to successfully captuer 1980x1080 4-4 full HD video using the MSIs USB3 connection and a USB3 HD.

It works but is a bit sluggish.

The MSI support is a little sluggish, and the company is non responsive to calls, emails etc.
But the laptop works.

If I were buying a laptop for any other reason other than capturing live multi-camera event video, I'd buy an ASUS.

I Loaded Edius 6 (Editing System) and found MSI will not allow the program to access the video card so that I can see the timeline. What a pain, and MSI no help.

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