MSI Megabook GT627
SpecificationsNotebook: MSI Megabook GT627 (Megabook GT627 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS 1024 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1150 euro
Average of 15 scores (from 19 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI Megabook GT627
Gaming Allure. When looking for a compact gaming notebook, given the often restricted graphics card performance in the 15" market, there is a big risk of just giving up. The fact that the Geforce 9600M GT so commonly provided can be outdone, even in this mid range of machines, is proved by MSI with its GT627. Equipped with a Geforce 9800M GS graphics card, this compact laptop can handle even the most recent gaming titles with ease.
MSI GT627 is a powerful quad-core gaming system, but it is not without its ﬂaws. Lately, MSI is better known for its Wind netbooks than its gaming systems, but the GT627 aims to change that, as its quad-core power makes it ideal for power-hungry gamers on a budget. With the questionable design choices and awkward usability conﬂicting with the impressive power and speciﬁcations, the MSI GT627 is quite a tough-sell. If you're seeking an eye-catching gaming laptop on a budget, it has plenty to offer, but it is far from perfect.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Hot Hardware
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.
Preis 80, Leistung 90, Display 50
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/05/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 90% display: 50%
Source: Trusted Reviews
As usual, MSI provides a laptop which while not without its share of flaws does provide good value. A strong all-rounder, the GT627 offers quad-core processing, 9800-series graphics, a slightly above average screen and decent battery life, as well as an attractive set of extras that include a bag and competent gaming mouse. This leaves just the questionable styling, which admittedly is quite a hurdle, but if you're prepared to be pragmatic there's plenty to enjoy here.
80, Preis 80, Leistung 80, Ausstattung 90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90%
Source: PC Pro
Few laptops shout about their gaming credentials as much as the new MSI GT627. This is one loudmouth laptop with a bright red strip of plastic wrapped all around the chassis, crimson highlighting on the WASD key cluster, and a row of touch-sensitive media buttons above the keyboard, also surrounded by red lines, circles and dots. There's even a Turbo button that promises off-the-cuff overclocking. Plenty of power, but the rest of MSI's adventurous gaming laptop proves disappointing.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 67%
Source: Comp Reviews
PC gaming on a laptop is a touch act to balance between performance, size and price. MSI's GT627-216US does a very good job at putting together a very affordable laptop gaming platform that isn't too large yet still packs enough performance for some high quality 3D gaming. The system isn't without its quirks though. These include a keyboard with a bit too much flex, just two USB ports and speakers that don't have the same level of audio quality at the low end many would expect a gaming laptop to have.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
With their outrageous designs and big, high-resolution screens, twin graphics cards and quad-core processors, hard-core gaming laptops like the Alienware M17 and the Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725 are meant to dazzle customers. The MSI GT627-218US takes a more subdued approach, homing in on two areas that matter most to cash-strapped gamers: a powerful 3D gaming card and affordability. The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GS turned in hard-core-gaming-caliber scores, and if you can get past the flimsy keyboard, the price Amazon.com is selling it for is simply fantastic. The MSI GT627-218US is a perfect gaming solution for cash-strapped gamers on the move, because the powerful Nvidia graphics card delivers smooth frames at a budget price.
80, Preis 80, Leistung 90
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90%
Source: Laptop Mag
MSI has created a machine that delivers a good gaming experience for a very reasonable $1,149. But there are a few compromises; while it packs the right hardware in a portable 15.4-inch form factor, the keyboard congestion really irked us. Gamers will appreciate the ability to use a full number pad for macros, but we think they would have appreciated a larger, more spacious keyboard instead. However, that the GT627 was able to cruise through Far Cry 2 without a glitch and that it outperformed the more expensive Alienware M17 in our PCMark Vantage test was impressive. If you need a system that will fit in your backpack and allow you to enjoy the latest titles, then the MSI GT627 is a good value.
70, Preis 90, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 90% performance: 80%
Source: PC World
Micro-Star International made its first big push into the U.S. market with its Wind U100 netbook. Now it's targeting the entry-level gaming laptop market with the GT627. But while the hardware specs look good on paper and provide a good deal of power, a couple of design and build issues severely limit the system's appeal. The GT627 is an affordable gaming laptop that will ably play today's current crop of games, but some prospective buyers will conclude that its low-resolution screen and nonstandard keyboard are deal-breakers.
79, Leistung 83, Ausstattung 66
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 83% features: 66%
Overall the MSI GT627 proved to be a fast gaming notebook with good looks but showed room for improvement in terms of build quality. The keyboard felt springy and didn’t have much support and the palmrest showed considerable flex. Gaming performance is where this notebook showed its true colors, with high benchmarks and good in-game performance. The Turbo feature while sounding somewhat gimmicky did show good results in some gaming situations. MSI would have one of the best gaming notebooks with its great price, great looks, and excellent performance if not for the springboard chassis.
Preis 80, Leistung 90, Verarbeitung 40
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/16/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 90% workmanship: 40%
Source: Computer Shopper
Powered by a speedy Nvidia mobile graphics solution, the MSI GT627-216US packs a lot of 3D muscle in its attractive 15-inch frame, and at $1,149.99 it’s relatively affordable. We love being able to boost CPU performance with the touch of a button, but serious gamers will likely balk at the low-resolution screen. The MSI GT627 offers good 3D performance and easy overclocking at a reasonable price, but its low-resolution screen and short battery life are a letdown.
76, Preis 80, Leistung 80, Display 50, Mobilität 40
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 40%
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/20/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 60% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Games Hardware - 8/09
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 94% price: 70%
Source: PC Magazin - 6/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80%
Source: c't - 12/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 40% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 70%
Source: Gamestar - 4/09
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 70%
Source: Gamestar DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 70% performance: 88% features: 80% display: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 93% features: 76% mobility: 72% workmanship: 82% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 83%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 90% features: 60% display: 50% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 60%
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS: As the 9800M GTS, the 9800M GS is based on the G94 core but features a lower clock speed. It is manufactured in 55 nm and therefore has a lower max current consumption (60W). The integrated PureVideo HD engine is able to decode HD videos.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
Fast but still not overpriced dual core CPU. For most games and multimedia applications sufficient and due to the 25W TDP even for smaller notebooks useable.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
79.53%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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