MSI X-Slim X460
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI X-Slim X460
The X460 laptop is another powerhouse mid price machine from MSI. It is a small, perfectly portable chassis with a class leading Core i7 2630QM processor delivering plenty of power for heavy duty tasks such as 3D rendering and video encoding on the move. If you demand a powerful machine but are limited by budget then this is clearly one of the best choices right now.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
During light usage the X460 is very quiet and the palm rests barely get warm, but once you start to utilize the power of the Core i7-2630QM, the fan tends to spin up creating quite a racket. Given the compact design of the X460, the cooling capacity is quite limited and this is likely why the Core i7 series can't be paired with a discrete graphics chip. The new X-Slim appears to be solidly built, the screen while glossy was bright and had respectable color reproduction and viewing angles. I definitely liked the keyboard feel and the touchpad didn't present any major issues either. It's hard not to be impressed by the performance and features of MSI's flagship X460 notebook, though I personally find the mix on the X460DX models more attractive. Systems with an i5-2410M, GT 540M, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD can be had for $850, while an i3-2310M with 4GB of RAM can be found for $750.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/24/2011
Source: Chip.de - 2/12
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 01/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 63% features: 75% display: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 62%
Intel HD Graphics 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
2630QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 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.
77.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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