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MSI Classic CX61 2QC-1654US notebook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of MSI Classic CX61 2QC-1654US notebook. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and design. The usability and price are also appreciated, but opinions are divided on the durability. There are some critical comments about the reliability and screen.

performance, price, usability, design, portability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the MSI Classic CX61 2QC-1654US notebook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great value for price

 

I bought this at a great sale price, so as far as I'm concerned, this was a steal given the specifications. Definitely offsets any cons.

I bought this to play games on the go and it works great so far. Not necessarily on all the highest settings, but significantly better than my previous computer. No critical issues as some others have had.

The fan is somewhat loud when using graphics intensive programs, though it's not a deal-breaker.

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

It's a nice laptop, just not for me

 

I think I'm going to stick with Asus ROG's now. Kind of had really high expectation from MSI product which is probably what disappointed me more. Going to return this product just because of the fan noise.

Very nice specs for its price.

Fans were kind of louder than I expected. I have an old Asus G46v which I bought around 2 years ago and that one had almost 0 fan noise. I bought that product from newegg as well and expected of similar quality from this MSI.

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Not happy.

 

Rebate policy also sucks. Only good if you buy it at the beginning of month since it takes a while to get the product and they need information off the box. My fault for not reading the fine print properly. If I knew that newegg had a policy where...

Able to run games with adequate frames, loads relatively fast. It's a laptop. If you want something portable to play games on, sure.

Defective screen. Has a dead pixel. Can't get it fixed by them because it's only one. So, now I'm stuck with this defective product screen unless more pixels die.

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Broke down after 10 days

 

Excellent when it was performing

After just over a week of using it the screen had died. Msi's customer support is going to take 4 days to respond to my ticket. Another 3 days to determine I need it repaired. Then I'll have to wait a month for it to ship, repair (I should just have it...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

MSI CX61 2QC-1654US

 

Blazing fast components ; fast boot times with windows 10 ; I regularly play GTA5, CS:GO, and DotA 2 with no frame rate issues ; A couple of months ago in the summer I left it in the car, it overheated and wouldn't boot. MSI was quick to RMA and the...

This baby gets HOT quick. I would redo the thermal paste and buy a cooling pad if you play any seriously taxing games, for me GTA5 I have to have the cooling pad on ; The build quality seems a bit on the low side ,but that was what I expected for the...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

MSI CX61 2QC-1654US

 

Blazing fast components fast boot times with windows 10 I regularly play GTA5, CS:GO, and DotA 2 with no frame rate issues. A couple of months ago in the summer I left it in the car, it overheated and wouldn't boot. MSI was quick to RMA and the tech...

This baby gets HOT quick. I would redo the thermal paste and buy a cooling pad if you play any seriously taxing games, for me GTA5 I have to have the cooling pad on. The build quality seems a bit on the low side ,but that was what I expected for the...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Computer does not work on intial boot up

 

Any suggestions?

How can I say? Computer doesnt even load windows on initial boot up

On initial boot up after taking it out of the box.. During boot it says "windows automatic repairing" then goes to saying " Your PC needs to be repaired" File: \Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe , Error Code 0xc0000185

Oct, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Computer does not work on intial boot up

 

Any suggestions?

How can I say? Computer doesnt even load windows on initial boot up

On initial boot up after taking it out of the box.. During boot it says "windows automatic repairing" then goes to saying " Your PC needs to be repaired" File: \Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe , Error Code 0xc0000185"

Oct, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Probably the best budget "gaming" laptop I have owned

 

The plastic clips holding this thing together really aren't ideal, and make it so it doesn't travel well as it is a little bit prone to falling apart

Powerful (for a laptop) CPU ; GPU is acceptable for the price ; (note- The model being reveiwed is the 860M) ; Ram is sufficient ; Best laptop keyboard I have EVER used

The BIOS takes forever, sometimes taking 45-50 seconds, usually after an update ; Occasionally the Wifi adapter doesn't start with the system ; Build quality is a little bit on the cheap side

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Probably the best budget "gaming" laptop I have owned

 

The plastic clips holding this thing together really aren't ideal, and make it so it doesn't travel well as it is a little bit prone to falling apart

Powerful (for a laptop) CPU GPU is acceptable for the price (note- The model being reveiwed is the 860M) Ram is sufficient Best laptop keyboard I have EVER used

The BIOS takes forever, sometimes taking 45-50 seconds, usually after an update Occasionally the Wifi adapter doesn't start with the system Build quality is a little bit on the cheap side

Sep, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.9
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Surface:Matt
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 920M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:102
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM

Networking

3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Manual:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
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 frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:90

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM86
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-4xxx
Processor frequency:2.5
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-4200M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor Socket:PGA946
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
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
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI: Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): 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): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:76348
Processor code:SR1HA
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets: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:Windows 8.1

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard Drive Capacity:750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.9
Height (front):3.23
Height (rear):3.76
Weight:2.4
Width:38.3