MSI Announces Gaming Notebook for Under $800

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News Posted: Wed, Nov 12 2008 10:30 PM

Gaming notebooks and an affordable price tag generally don’t go hand in hand. Today, however, MSI announced its newest GX630-028US gaming notebook with a price tag of just $799.99. 

So just what do you get for this price? Well, the GX630-028US comes with an AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor, 15.4-inch WXGA display, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT, a 250GB SATA hard drive, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, Super Multi optical drive, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a 2 megapixel Web cam. Not a bad deal, it seems. 

Like other MSI gaming notebooks, the GX630 features MSI Turbo Drive engine technology, which lets you over clock the notebook by as much as 15%. It also has the MSI ECO Engine with five different operating modes that can conserve battery life. 

Given the state of the economy right now, MSI seems to have hit a sweet spot with great functionality, good looks, and an affordable price tag. 

You can get this notebook now from newegg.com, amazon.com, mwave.com, zipzoomfly.com, and buy.com. 


                 




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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152073

Not a bad looking laptop here. I really like it.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 13 2008 5:37 AM

Needs more stickers on the palm-rest to make it go faster.

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ice91785 replied on Thu, Nov 13 2008 1:14 PM

 Not too shabby at all -- reasonable price for reasonable performance anyway; if I was in the market I'd probably bite

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 13 2008 6:34 PM

Oh, I would too, the spec's are very nice for the price: It's just all of the manufacturer promo stickers on the one in the new-egg pictures looks ridiculous.

I can understand the "Designed for Windows" warning labels, but what's the point of the others? Just self-aggrandizing manufacturer promos that mirror the spec's on the placard right beside it.

To tell the truth: I'm not too crazy about the two-toned scheme, either. It almost looks like it was coddled together from two different machines.

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3vi1:

Oh, I would too, the spec's are very nice for the price: It's just all of the manufacturer promo stickers on the one in the new-egg pictures looks ridiculous.

I can understand the "Designed for Windows" warning labels, but what's the point of the others? Just self-aggrandizing manufacturer promos that mirror the spec's on the placard right beside it.

To tell the truth: I'm not too crazy about the two-toned scheme, either. It almost looks like it was coddled together from two different machines.

I have been wanting to get a Laptop for browsing on the couch. I was looking at a netbook. For a few hundred more this looks really good. I actually like the color scheme, though I do see how some could think it's ugly. I was reading somewere a while back that dell and others hate those little stickers and that it actually is the slowest part of building a laptop, because they have to pe placed by hand.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Nov 14 2008 12:40 PM

looks like a slightly changed aesthetically Asus gamer 15" thats existed at least since the middle of last summer. But the asus has better specs although slightly more expensive depending on the model you pick they have 3 varying configs.

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kid007 replied on Sat, Nov 15 2008 5:52 PM

 you can't compared an asus with an msi. Asus is all about quality and MSI is just introducing themselves into the gaming world...

for sure hangs down Asus are not only well design but the don't overheat as much and they are pretty much upgradedable without that much of a hassle...

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ice91785 replied on Sun, Nov 16 2008 1:11 AM

Do you think that MSI uses their own hardware in the system? I know they make mobos for desktops and such....do they make notebook mobos?

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The problem is not the fact that it has stickers on it, but the fact that the stickers aren't PB&J scented scratch & sniff.

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ice91785:

Do you think that MSI uses their own hardware in the system? I know they make mobos for desktops and such....do they make notebook mobos?

True. Asus makes a LOT of laptops that get rebranded.

 

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Nov 16 2008 12:10 PM

The first thing I do when I get a new laptop at work is pull off the stickers and use a little bit of cleaner to get rid of all that sticky residue. Then, I apply a giant thinkGeek "Go away or I will replace you with a tiny shell script" sticker on it. I know - I make no sense.

You've actually convinced me that maybe it's not so ugly.

Coincidentally, my wife's laptop blew part of it's video yesterday: Only VGA graphics work; when you try to set any other video mode the screen goes black. So basically, it looked like it was booting fine but you would get a black screen where the login prompt should be - clicking/typing blind showed (via hard-drive activity/sound) that I could actually login but that the screen stayed black. I reloaded the video drivers to no avail, then tried my trusty Knoppix CD - which went to a black as soon as KDE set the video mode.

Had I never tried Knoppix on her machine, I may have investigated further. But, I know the CD worked fine on her hardware before, so that's conclusive proof of hardware issues. This is why everyone should download and try a Knoppix CD: possible hours of troubleshooting were reduced to simply booting the CD.

While trying to figure out what this might cost me, I stumbled upon several pages that make this appear to be systemic with HP ZD8000's: http://www.fixya.com/support/t245922-hp_pavilion_zd8000_pc_notebook_problem

Since it will be expensive to fix, and the laptop is getting long in the tooth, and is bound to have its rather expensive battery die any day, and has eaten three ac adapters at $60-90 a pop (the cheaper ones last a significantly shorter amount of time), I decided it was time to upgrade. She's always wanted something more portable than that monster 17" HP anyway.

I compared the MSI system to a few others, and narrowed it down to either this one or an Asus system. I really like Asus, but the specs on the MSI system were a tiny bit better, so I bought this very system.

Maybe I'll post something next weekend in the consumer reviews section, if it shows up in time.

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Very nice choice... I bet you're gonna have alot of fun with this bad @zz lappy! Plz do write a review about it.

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Let us know what you think of it. I'm thinking about picking up one as well.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 20 2008 4:07 PM

bob_on_the_cob:

Let us know what you think of it. I'm thinking about picking up one as well.

Will do.  It should be arriving today, according to tracking.

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A very nice, affordable gaming laptop from MSI. Who knows......they might be as big as Toshiba or Dell in the Laptop Market some day!

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looks like a quality laptop, and not a bad price for what you get

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