MSI GT627-216US Gaming Notebook Review

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Final Impressions & Conclusion


The MSI GT627 definitely has an excellent price/performance ratio. MSI’s Turbo mode is unique, and we like the idea of being able to overclock on the fly. The rest of the system’s specs are adequate as well, with an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz P8400 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive. NVIDIA’s GeForce 9800M GS graphics card rounds out the list of specs and helps give the machine respectable gaming performance.

With its black aluminum case and red trim, the notebook is attractive and not gaudy. The GT627’s lightweight chassis will also be a big benefit to those who plan to carry this notebook on a regular basis and therefore don’t want to lug around a desktop replacement model.

 

MSI had to cut a few corners in order to deliver the GT627 for well under $1,200. The most notable concessions are the screen resolution and the keyboard quality. Overall, the rewards outweigh the imperfections at this price point though. Gamers will certainly appreciate the machine’s graphics card, dual core processor, and ample system memory. When you’re not gaming, the GT627’s HDMI and eSATA ports and the SuperMulti DVD drive can provide multimedia entertainment.

Even though we weren’t able to run all of our benchmarking tests at the GT627’s native screen resolution, once we hooked up an external monitor the machine proved that it had the power to pull off respectable scores.  In fact, the GT627 even managed to hit 8197 3DMarks, which is approximately 15% lower than the Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725 desktop replacement that costs twice as much.

Even with the GT627’s relatively low native screen resolution, we feel that the MSI GT627 offers a great set of features and performance at a reasonable price.

     
  • Turbo mode for better gaming performance
  • Attractive brushed aluminum body
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics card
  • Budget price
  • Display resolution maxes out at 1,280 x 800
  • Flimsy keyboard
  • No Blu-ray drive


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