MSI GT683R-242US With GeForce GTX 560M Review - HotHardware

MSI GT683R-242US With GeForce GTX 560M Review

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MSI has incorporated a number of design features into the GT683R that set it apart from other notebooks. For starters, if you take a look at the MSI GT683R, you'll notice a collection of lights along the notebook's edges and lid. MSI ships the GT683R with its Audio Synchronize Mode enabled. In this mode, the performance of the lights around the notebook will follow changes in sound. Similarly, the notebook also features a LED performance illumination mode. In this mode, the LEDs on the left side will illuminate when the left-side speaker emits sound, and likewise for the right side of the notebook. As a noise passes from left to right, the LEDs will light in conjunction with the direction of the sound moving from left to right. These lights are also customizable by pressing the LED performance illumination hotkey.

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Above the keyboard, you'll notice the Touch Sensor and speakers. The Touch Sensor provides access to multiple functions including TDE, Cooler Booster, WLAN, Bluetooth, ECO Engine, Dynamic LED, and more. On either side of the Touch Sensor, you'll see the GT683R's Dynaudio Premium speakers surrounded by a red ring. In addition to these two speakers, the GT683R has a subwoofer located on the underside of the notebook near the hinge. To further improve the sound quality available from the GT683R, MSI includes THX TruStudio Pro audio enhancement technology as well.

 

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On the wrist rest, you'll find a honeycomb pattern and the touchpad which is surrounded by chrome and five indicator lights (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Battery, Sleep, and HDD). The touchpad itself is smooth and the left and right mouse buttons make a click sound when pressed. The chiclet keyboard is comfortable to type on but it is not backlit. The GT683R also has a full numeric keypad.

Taking a look at the left side of the notebook, and you'll find two USB 3.0 ports, a 7-in-1 card reader, and a USB 2.0 port. The Right side of the GT683R contains various audio ports, a USB 2.0 port, and the optical drive. On the back edge of the notebook you'll find the Kensington Lock port, power, LAN, VGA, eSATA, and HDMI connections. The front edge of the GT683R is clean.

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MSI doesn’t include a lot of accessories with the GT683R, but that’s ok by us. In the box, you’ll find the laptop and battery pack along with a Quick Start manual, AC adapter and power cord, application disk, special offers from NVIDIA, and a few other pieces of documentation.

Like many other system builders, MSI ships the GT683R with a fair amount of preinstalled programs. Some of these apps include the Bing toolbar, Norton Internet Security, Norton Online Backup, and others.

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Laptop is pretty beast and stands up pretty well in all the benchmarks. I would prefer the touch-pad a little more center but overall design is nice. Good review on this one as usual.

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i own the older version of this and i must say after going threw asus and dells like no other this laptop will be sticking with me for a while this is a beast laptop for anyone to own not only gamers i would check it out before buying anything else.

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I'm still using an ASUS G73 with AMD 5970m and have yet to find something that it doesn't handle. These ASUS and MSI laptops seem very competative for features across the board.

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"This beast of a laptop looks great, its a formidable machine. I have one question though, to the reviewer, How would you rate the screen quality performance, its one important part that was left. Is it crisp and sharp at factory default settings or did you have to do some tweaking, and also, were off angle views good ?

-Optimus

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Optimus - I was pleased with the overall screen performance. Also, the viewing angles are excellent.

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"Good to know, in the past, at Newegg , people who bough MSI gaming laptops were complaining about the sub-par screen quality and resolution. That was one of my main concerns with the new generation, so I see they have stepped up their game, thanks for the reply.

-Optimus

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That is one hell of a machine, 12GB of memory in a laptop... I could imagine that this thing would work great for doing some 3D rendering.

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On first impression I like this laptop quite a bit and would certainly recommend it .A short time ago member here in HH may have been considering this model or similar for about the same cash.At these prices a laptop that can be easily configed to suit can be had at Maingear and no bloatware, But ths MSI looks like a sweet machine for the price.

Sure the specs are great and the battery life is do-able for performer like this one from MSI. Would have to really see the screen and get the feel of it .& would not hesitate to put on a short-list to consider.

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Specs are great as well as the benchmarks. Is it really necessary for mobile computer makers to put all those logo stickers on such a beautiful piece of hardware? :p

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I think the sound lights would work well for gaming where the enemy might be firing at you but you cannot tell where the shot is coming from.

Or a racing game where you are about to be passed but on what side? The lights might assist you.

I look at it like a poor man's eyefiniti.

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