Monday, January 31, 2011

MSI A6300 laptop Review

MSI A6300 laptop.





The MSI 15.6" Notebook PC A6300 features an 15.6" LED screen, 1 x HDMI port, 3 x USB ports, 1.3MP webcam, 103 numeric keypad, 320GB hard drive, 3GB of memory, stereo speakers with Intel??? Realtek HD audio and Genuine Windows 7 Home 64-Bit operating system.

http://www.bigw.com.au/BIGDEALS/bpnBIGW_0000000259675/msi-15-6-notebook-pc-a6300

The box!



Just out of box...


Very slow on Windows 7 when doing backup. so run on windows xp instead!


Specs.. it says:


  • CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) II Dual Core P340
  • VGA: ATI Mobility Radeon HD4270
  • RAM: DDRIII 3GB (1GB*1+2GB*1)
  • HDD: 320GB
  • RF: 802.11b/g/n

The are some good benefits for this laptop.(Hardware wise)

  • It has eSATA port for fast data transfer
  • It has a Expresscard expansion slot (No laptop at this price range has this feature)


Other features:

  • High Definition Multimedia interface (Not bad good feature!)
  • ECO Technology (What is this???)
  • LED Panel (Not bad good feature! The screen display is very good)
  • Colour Flim print technology(What is this??? I am not buying a printer!!!)
  • Chiclet keyboard. (No good!!)

So far the overall impression not too good. Please see below for more information

Screen
The screen is the only thing I like about this laptop. It is crisp and clear. Perfect.

Touchpad
The touch pad is very difficult to use, it is not smooth at all and do expect a lot of friction between your finger and the touch pad surface.

Speakers
The speaker is not very good, even at the loudest volume, it is very soft. I suspect the positioning of the speaker is a problem. I can also see the red/black speaker cables behind the grill. It is very unsightly to see this cable.
The speaker grill are positioned strangely, they do not point to the same direction.

Keyboard
The keyboard, which is a chiclet keyboard is not very good in my opinon. Even though this is a 15.6" laptop, which is considered big, a Numeral keyboard is squeezed in as well.
This made keys very small, and when typing on it the mouse cursor flys all over the screen which is very irritating.

Please see this entry for more details about the keyboard:
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/search/label/Chiclet%20keyboard

LED lights

There are at least a cluster of 8 Blue LED indicator lights in front of the laptop but I suspect more than half of them are not working.

There is no blue tooth for the model I have purchased, but there is a bluetooth LED but press FN F9 key nothing happening

The same thing goes for 3G or WAN, my laptop is not 3G capable, but there is a LED and function key for it as well.

Please! MSI! If these features are not available, could you please remove the LED lights and picture from the keyboard to avoid confusion?


Exterior
This laptop is of normal weight for a 15.6" laptop, it has gloss finishing and is a finger magnet.



Using the laptop


The laptop seems to default itself to 800Mhz speed and is very slow, you will need to switch off powernow! to make the laptop go faster.

Please see this blog entry for more details:
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-give-your-amd-processor-speed.html


Windows Experience Index



Some pictures




have bluetooth for wat?

Touch pad has same design as the rest of the laptop but not smooth, very difficult to use!!



Overall err.. not to my expectations!.

First impression Failed!!

I wouldn't buy it as it fails to meet my expectation, but however, at this cheap price, there are certain hardware features like Expresscard slot which you can add in hard ware features which is not a bad feature at all.

I would not buy this laptop, but you may. :)





3 comments:

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