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MSI CX61 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.5GHz 8GB 1TB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.5GHz 8GB Feb 2014
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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The MSI CX61 has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the CX61. Most of the medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the CX61 only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this portable PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the MSI CX61 has a quite new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the CX61. The PCI Express slot versions of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the CX61 range from 2 to 3.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the MSI CX61 has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the CX61. Across all the laptops that have been available for around the same time as the CX61 the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The MSI CX61 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,150 megahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. Across all the similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the CX61 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

Most laptops of this age and spec have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the MSI CX61 which has two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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MSI Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

Based on 786 owner and expert reviews, MSI has good reviews for its laptops. MSI also has good reviews specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the MSI CX61 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels laptop, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution amongst all notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the CX61.

The worst display resolution amongst comparable types of portable PC is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.5 gigahertz, the MSI CX61 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the CX61. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the CX61 the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 2.5GHz processor clock speed portable PCs and we think the HP ProBook 450 G1[plb_2133196_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the HP ProBook 440[plb_2370139_price] (2.6GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the CX61 is 1GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the MSI CX61 has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the CX61.

Other 1TB total storage capacity laptops currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper laptops such as the ProBook 450[pl_2350793_price], or the ENVY 15[pl_2142908_price] both from HP.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The MSI CX61 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This MSI portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops of this age and spec.

Across similar types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the MSI CX61 has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst portable PCs of this age. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years have screen sizes of between 10" and 18".

There are a number of other 15.6" portable PCs currently available that you might want to consider including cheaper laptops such as the HP H5E70ET[plb_1564690_price], or the Asus X550CA[plb_2093287_price].

Laptops with a bigger screen size that might also be worth considering include the DELL Inspiron 17[plb_2253142_price] (17.3"), or the HP Pavilion 17[plb_2369328_price] (17.3") which is also cheaper.

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Has a Front Camera

The MSI CX61 has a front camera, as do most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the CX61.

Alternative notebook PCs with a front camera currently available that you might also want to look at include the Lenovo ThinkPad T440[plb_2564373_price] which is cheaper.

It is worth considering other notebook PCs which also have a front camera including the Asus X550CA[plb_2093524_price], or the HP ProBook 450[plb_2350779_price].

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the MSI CX61 has a fairly big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the CX61. Across all the portable PCs of this type and age the hard drive capacity range from 180GB to 1.5TB.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 32,768 megabytes, the MSI CX61 has one of the bigger maximum internal memories amongst notebook PCs of this age. The smallest maximum internal memory of laptops of a similar spec and age to the CX61 is 8.1GB, the biggest is 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 25GB.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB. With a maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the MSI CX61 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Six Battery Cells

The MSI CX61 is a six battery cell count laptop.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the notebook PCs of this spec and age the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 510MB to 4.1GB. The MSI CX61 has a fairly big discrete graphics adapter memory (2,048 megabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the CX61.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This notebook PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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AC Cable Included

This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on portable PCs of this type and age.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The MSI CX61 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the CX61 which have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to consider including the Lenovo ThinkPad T440[plb_2564373_price] which is also cheaper.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

There are a number of alternative laptops that have an HDD storage media currently available that you might also want to look at including the Pavilion 17[pl_2369328_price], or the ProBook 640[pl_2481387_price] both from HP or the DELL Inspiron 17R[plb_1412334_price] which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a notebook PC with a better storage medium then you might want to look at the XPS 13[pl_1304263_price] (SSD), or the Latitude 12 7000[pl_2699090_price] (SSD) both from DELL or the HP EliteBook 840[plb_2356711_price] (SSD).

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the CX61, the MSI CX61 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

It is worth also looking at other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen including the ProBook 450 G1[pl_2133196_price], or the EliteBook 840[pl_2353454_price] both from HP or the DELL Inspiron 15[plb_2392874_price] which is also cheaper.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The MSI CX61 is a one USB 2.0 port notebook PC.

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Quite Slow Hard Drive Speed

With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the MSI CX61 has a fairly slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. The hard drive speeds of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the CX61 range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the MSI CX61

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when MSI released the CX61.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the MSI CX61 has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the CX61.

There are a number of alternative 8GB internal memory laptops currently available which you might want to consider including the DELL Inspiron 14 7000[plb_2107084_price], or the HP Probook 450[plb_2078196_price] which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the DELL Inspiron 15[plb_2392874_price] (16GB and cheaper).

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Average Weight

The MSI CX61 has a fairly average weight (2.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you would consider a laptop with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the HP Probook 650[plb_1584506_price] (2.5kg), or the DELL Latitude E5530[plb_1412904_price] (2.4kg) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Discrete Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Keyboard Key
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel TSX-NI
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
Video Compression Format

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Expert Reviews

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26 January 2014

In Review: MSI CX61-i572M281BW7. Test device courtesy of Nvidia Deutschland. MSI's CX61-i572M281BW7 is certainly a superior notebook to its predecessor . Particularly in terms of performance, the...

2 May 2013

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

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24 April 2013

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. See: more laptop reviews . MSI's marketing... Read more…

31 March 2013

One of the hardest things to get right in a laptop is the balance between price and power. MSI has never scrimped on the latter - often offering specs that cater to the multimedia masses and the... Read more…

31 March 2013

One of the hardest things to get right in a laptop is the balance between price and power. MSI has never scrimped on the latter - often offering specs that cater to the multimedia masses and the... Read more…

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User Reviews

(15)
Reviewed 1 July 2015 by Jose
Jose would recommend the MSI CX61 (Verified Purchase)

Graphics cards on a laptop do not come much cheaper. So far I'm pretty satisfied with the computer and my only criticism is that it did not come with a solid state drive, but given the price it is... Read more…

Reviewed 14 August 2015 by Theman
Theman would recommend the MSI CX61 (Verified Purchase)

Honestly one of the best laptops that i have ever gotten, so much better then the macbook pro! can't wait to get windows 10 on this bad boy, will be updating the processor and RAM in the future,... Read more…

Reviewed 31 July 2015 by HighlandRogue
HighlandRogue would recommend the MSI CX61

You can't beat this machine for the price. It doesn't have a touch screen (I didn't want one) so your not paying for that. Everything you expect from an MSI machine is here. I upgraded to 16gb of... Read more…

Reviewed 29 September 2015 by LavyWavy
LavyWavy would recommend the MSI CX61

100% happy with this. I bought it on a budget while I'm in college and broke my last laptop. Body is not weak as far as I can tell. Happily can play my favorite games, even the newer ones and the... Read more…

Reviewed 20 October 2015 by Momma6
Momma6 would recommend the MSI CX61 (Verified Purchase)

I bought this for my son and he is extremely happy with it. He can do his homework and also he is a gamer. So far so good...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers msi i54210, msi p233077, msi i54210m, msi p233077p
Barcodes 04719072335069, 04719072426361

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