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MSI CX61-1214X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 reviews of MSI CX61-1214X. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the usability and design. The screen and performance also get good feedback. Views are divided on the sound. There are some negative comments about the energy efficiency and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the MSI CX61-1214X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for MSI CX61-1214X

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of MSI CX61-1214X from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the keyboard, while there are some less positive opinions about the energy efficiency and size.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MSI CX61 2QF 1885UK Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-4210M, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 15.6" HD LED, DVDRW, Nvidia GeForce 940M, Webcam, Windows 10 Home 64bitMSI CX61 2QF 1885UK Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-4210M, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 15.6" HD LED, DVDRW, Nvidia GeForce 940M, Webcam, Windows 10 Home 64bit

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review MSI CX61 Notebook

 

Gaming cost-cutter. The CX61 from MSI targets those users who are looking for an affordable multimedia notebook - but don't want to sacrifice the ability to play games. For less than 600 Euros (~$800), the notebook comes equipped with a Core i5-3210M...

Good overall as well as gaming performance, 2x USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Fair price, Not everybody wants to (or is able to) spend more than 1000 Euros (~$1350) on a notebook suitable for gaming. The MSI CX61 appeals to those looking for a bargain, offers...

Only average build quality, Fan is always on, Short battery life, Weak display, Input devices take some time getting used to, Even though compromises are a necessity given the price point of 600 Euros (~$800), the chassis of the CX61 is a bit...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Matthew Bolton (techradar.com)

MSI CX61 0NF review

 

The MSI CX61 is a monster of a laptop, but you'll have to contend with its lacklustre looks

Good performance ; Quality 1080p screen ; Keyboard re-arranged for gamers

A bit ugly ; Chunky chassis

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (techadvisor.co.uk)

MSI CX61 (20D-011UK) review

 

It's bright and clear, too, and will certainly do justice to your Blu-ray films or business presentations. The only slight issue is a narrow vertical viewing angle which means you have to tilt the screen to get the best contrast. The speakers have a...

If you’re looking for a slimline Ultrabook with all-day battery life then the CX61 is clearly not the laptop for you. However, if you need a powerful desktop replacement system for work or for entertainment at home you’ll find it provides impressive...

Jul, 2013

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Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

MSI CX61 review

 

This version of the MSI CX61 has a quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM processor and 8GB of RAM, which is a great foundation for a high-end laptop. It's a real powerhouse, and completed our benchmarks with a hugely impressive overall score of 81. For...

A stunning screen and powerful hardware make this a great-value laptop for gamers and film fans alike

May, 2013

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (techadvisor.co.uk)

MSI CX61 0NF review

 

It's not going to win any awards for stylish design. But MSI's CX61 laptop provides good multimedia features and performance at a competitive price.

The MSI CX61 0NF looks chunky and old-fashioned compared to modern laptops. However its powerful processor and attractive high-definition display make it a good, affordable desktop replacement laptop that’s suited to multimedia work and entertainment.

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Easytech (newegg.com)

I couldn't not buy it

 

So far I have upped the on-board RAM to 12 gigs and I want to replace the slow HDD with an SSID and replace the OS with Windows 7 Pro, but have some trepidation because of the possible lack of driver support. We shall see how it shakes out. If all goes...

I purchased this for $600 and it's just a ridiculous buy at that price. If you see it again buy it immediately ; Awesome specs ; Great speakers as noted before ; Nice looking in an understated way once you get all the stickers off of it ; So far has...

Somewhat rickety build quality but holding up just fine ; Windows 8.1. I wanted to be really fair about this and have used 8/8.1 for a while now. With these specs the thing should be faster and I think it would be with Windows 7 ; Having a driver issue...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: wingman99 (newegg.com)

Artifact

 

I like the screen sharp and clear,crisp

I think I'm going to send it back to newegg because in metro 2033 DX11 does not work correctly there is lines, Artifact and it has the newest drivers out

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: Chelsea (reevoo.com)

MSI CX61 2QF 1885UK

 

Takes a very long time to start up (took almost 10 miniutes yesterday) Very slow in general. Can't play games on it. I've had it less than a year and it's never been a very good laptop. I've done all updates. Such a bad laptop that I'm not really...

Nov, 2016

Consumer review by: Thomas (reevoo.com)

MSI CX61 2QF 1885UK

 

It was worth the money spent and provides good performance for moderately intensive games along with software needed for university. Works well.

The mic quality is extremely bad, i would advise other means of audio input. Linked to my second point is the fan on the side does its job relatively well however creates a lot of noise, this partially works against the mic further.

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Bradley (reevoo.com)

MSI CX61 2QF 1885UK

 

Awesome specs Great perfomance

Wobbly disk drive Terrible battery life (when gaming)

Jan, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / SRS / SRS PC Sound / SRS PS
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Brown / Black, Grey / Black, Red
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65 / 90 / 95
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 820M / NVIDIA GeForce 920M / NVIDIA GeForce 940M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:400 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:102
Keyboard type:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout:1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi

Other Features

Audio system:HD / SRS / SRS PC Sound / SRS PS
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65 / 90 / 95
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM86
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):24 / 25 / 26
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM86
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:I3-3110M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / i5-4210M / i7-4702MQ / i7-4712MQ
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-3110M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / i5-4210M / i7-4702MQ / i7-4712MQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-3100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA946 / PGA988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 37
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65700 / 65708 / 72056 / 75119 / 78933 / 81012
Processor code:SR0N0 / SR0N2 / SR0WX / SR15J / SR1L4 / SR1PS
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 10 Home / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, RS-MMC, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, xD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.8 / 9.84
Height:1.5
Height (front):1.27
Height (rear):1.48
Weight:5.29
Width:15.1