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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of MSI CX61 2PC. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the battery and image quality are generally positive. The keyboard and reliability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the touchpad and sound, while views about the size and screen are mixed.

performance, reliability, keyboard, image quality, battery

design, durability, usability, sound, touchpad

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

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Consumer review (

Love it.


One thing I suggest is disabling windows 8 tiles and getting the start 8 program to change it to a windows 7 start menu, it makes the computer a lot faster, is better looking and much easier to navigate.

I've had this computer for over a year now and it runs great, I can run large games on ultra graphics without a problem and they look amazing, run multiple tabs/games with no lag. I love how heavily built it is as well, I've had absolutely no issues.

Like other reviews the fan is somewhat loud and gets really hot but it doesn't bother me, get a cheap USB fan and you'll be fine.

Mar, 2016

Consumer review (

Pretty Great Product!


- It was easy to setup - It plays the game on Steam wonderfully. EX: TF2, Skyrim, Fallout series..ETC - Overall the laptop was my first purchase for one and it was pretty great experience.

- The only complain I can make is that sometimes the DVD tray will sometimes just pop out without hitting the button. It's a small complaint since it does not occur too often.

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (

It was worth it


It's a really good performing computer for the price it's sold out. I'm not one for flashiness so the plain appearance is just fine with me. If you're more for performance over flash then this is for you.

I really got my money's worth when I got it. It runs game's smoothly.

The fan is loud which I knew about because I read it in the comments before purchasing it. But I generally have a headset on so I'm not bothered by it much.

Aug, 2015

Consumer review (

So far so good


Doesn't personally bother me but it has windows 8, you'd also probably want an ssd for it.

So far it's been working perfectly (around a month in) and i think this is a pretty solid computer for the price, it has a good keyboard (not backlight) nice screen, fan, it runs smoothly, and I've been able to play a lot of games on it at medium-high...

The touch pad is not good sadly, it has a lot of bumps for some reason, but that's not the problem it's more about the clicking. It feels really awkward and it's a little hard to push down but that can be solved with a mouse. even though the exterior...

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (

Cheap components


Overall, I still use it, sounds like a weed whacker, I still play CSGO and other games that aren't to graphically intensive, but if you are planning to buy this computer based on it's sheer affordability, don't let the specs fools you, they may be...

1. Worked beautifully within first 3-5 months.

1. Cheap components. - After the 6 months of having it, all of a sudden my laptop fan started making the sounds of a weed whacker and felt like it was just going way to fast for me just sitting at the desktop? Upon more research it is a common defect...

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (

Great quality for the price!


Overall great buy, i would recommend to anyone looking for a decent gaming laptop on a budget. Great for school as well!

Great product for the price, you can play a lot of games that normally have a good amount of demand on the computer's processor and video card. Large screen and vibrant color. Awesome purchase! Very happy

Seems cheaply made, i feel like i may break it everytime i pick it up. Some type of simple hard plastic that is almost flimsy. The cd tray wiggles somewhat when i lift the computer by its sides, may be my specific computer or just the norm, but seems...

Apr, 2015

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I have no clue why anyone wouldn't give this at least a 5 egg.


This gaming laptop is great. It's perfect for your gaming needs+ More. I am completely satisfied with my purchase and I'm glad that I could help support this fine company. Plus, it was on sale, so that's great.

Touchpad, but, who uses a touchpad to game? The screen COULD be a bit better but I'm not worried about it. This is pretty great.

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (

Dead Pixels included (No extra charge)


Not much else to say. I've owned one laptop previous to this. Still have it, and it worked for 3 years and counting. Hopefully this will stand up to my standards over the next few years.

Came in with a charged battery. Started up fast.Keyboard has a nice sound. Extremely fast shipping.

Came in with dead pixels. Doesn't ruin the screen, but looks nasty all the same. For something I paid 700$ for, I wish that this wouldn't be an issue.

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (

Second review, First DOA


As a basic laptop, for web browsing, or usual work loads, it's fine. But to be advertised as a "gaming" Laptop, sorry but no.

OK, first one came DOA. Newegg stepped up and RMA'd it, even though I had bought the first one well in advance of Christmas as a present for someone. Second one works fine, so far.

Definitly is NOT a gaming laptop. It is a decent running LT, but even the most average game, ( In this case, the first tried was "Sherlock Holmes" PC game ) runs horribly slow and stutters, with all setting on low. We really didnt buy this as a gaming...

Feb, 2015

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Nice Laptop


Laptop was a good purchase as it was for my children and getting them off my hi-end PC. :)

Nice Laptop. Everything included in the purchased arrived on time and works great.

Expected a bit more from the graphics card considering the add and the price. 3D gaming quality is OK, but not as good as I had hoped. Takes some special tweaking to graphics for some 3D games on steam and other such gaming networks to view nicely.

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio system:SRS PC Sound
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


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


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


Colour of product:Black / Black, Brown / Red
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Black / Black, Brown / Red
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 820M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter: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):1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4600


Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:102
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y


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


3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Other features

Audio system:SRS PC Sound
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
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


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65 / 90


Bus type:DMI / DMI2
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:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM86
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Celeron®
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:2950M / 3550M / I5-4200M / I5-4210M / I7-4702MQ / I7-4712MQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 3000 series for Mobile
Processor Socket:PGA946
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37

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:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
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 / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / 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:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:75119 / 76348 / 77403 / 77404 / 78933 / 81012
Processor code:SR15J / SR1HA / SR1HF / SR1L4 / SR1PS
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington


Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):3.23
Height (rear):3.76