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MSI X460DX

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of MSI X460DX. 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. Reviews about the reliability and durability are overall positive. The price and performance are also appreciated. Opinions about the battery and keyboard are mixed, while the sound and energy efficiency get less positive views.

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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 X460DX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (pcworld.com)

MSI X460DX: A Well-Rounded Laptop for Mobile Power Users

 

The MSI X460DX is a slim yet powerful laptop, and it carries a decent price tag. With two USB 3.0 ports, a second-generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a discrete graphics card under its hood, the X460DX will no doubt tempt any mobile power user.

Slim and light ; Two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out

Touchpad is laggy ; Speakers are quiet, produce thin sound

The MSI X460DX is a slim yet powerful all-purpose notebook available at a decent price.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

MSI X460DX Review

 

The $849 MSI X460DX offers a strong balance of performance, graphics, and endurance in a modest, unassuming package. We appreciated the 6 and a half hours of battery life as well as the system's vibrant display. However, we weren't fans of its...

Solid overall performance, Strong graphics, Long battery life, Bright and vibrant display

Undersized Backspace, Enter, and right Shift keys, Noticeable flex in the lid, Bottom runs hot

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Charles P. Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

MSI X460DX Review

 

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a powerful yet portable multimedia laptop that costs less than $900. Say hello to the MSI X460DX. Measuring one inch thin and weighing just over four pounds, this 14-inch notebook has 7.5 hours of battery life...

Almost 8 hours of battery life ; Thin and light design ; Good performance ; Good keyboard and touchpad

Overuse of glossy plastic ; Low screen resolution ; The MSI X460DX provides portable multimedia power and plenty of battery life for a modest price.

The MSI X460DX provides portable multimedia power and plenty of battery life for a modest price.

Sep, 2011

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Expert review by : Ray Willington (hothardware.com)

MSI X460DX 14" Core i5 Notebook Review

 

notebook landscape as it is today. Outside of those monster gaming laptops and desktop replacements that still demand their own massive amount of real estate, most everything else these days seems to be aiming for thin. MSI's lineup is no different,...

Thin-and-light design ; Responsive touchpad with gesture support ; Included optical drive ; Comfortable keyboard ; Fast for the price

No backlit keyboard ; Gets warm in heavy use ; Fans can get noisy ; Glossy, ho hum display ; Underwhelming battery life

In terms of its overall performance, the MSI X460DX fared well against other notebooks in its category. Having that discrete Nvidia GPU, coupled to a Core i5 CPU, certainly helps matters. In most of our benchmarks, the X460DX either led the way or...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by (techreviewsource.com)

MSI X460DX

 

The MSI X460DX is a very portable 14-inch laptop that has a solid, brushed-aluminum design with lots of offer. It has two of the latest USB 3.0 ports, an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM and discrete graphics. This is definitely a mobile laptop for power...

Consumer review (argos.co.uk)

Alright laptop

 

I had recently bought this laptop for my 13 year old son and he is perfectly fine with it playing games like MW3. The only criticism I have is the keyboard it is an American style keyboard and not a British style keyboard which may cause a lot spelling...

May, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

HOT

 

The performance and lite weight are the biggest pluses for this laptop. I suppose if I want to game or use graphics apps requiring the Nvidia card, I will add an external keyboard/mouse and only use it on a cooler.

Great Specs ; Video Card ; Very Lite ; Performance

Placement of the Nvidia Card ; The Nvidia card is located under the left palm rest. This is fine if using the integrated graphics card for web surfing or office app. However if gaming or using graphics intensive apps requiring the Nvidia card, the palm...

May, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Laptop/Great Buy

 

So far this is the best laptop I've owned. It's unusual that a laptop at this price is this fast and looks good as well. Battery life is very long considering the specs of the hardware. My only complaint is that the fan runs all the time. But the fan...

Specs are great for the price ; Speed is very good ; Very lightweight ; Bright screen ; HDMI ; USB3 ; Battery Life. (average 6-7 hours) ; Does not run hot ; Low bloatware and easy to remove ; By the way did I say it's fast ; Yeah it's fast

Fan runs all the time but is quiet ; 1-year warranty and not 3-year

Dec, 2011

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Laptop!!!

 

I'm very impress by the battery life on this machine.. of course if you are playing games and such it sucks down the battery but normal web browsing and word processing for school it battery lasts 6-7 hours... My Acer AO722 with the C-50 AMD chip only...

Sandy Bridge ; Fast Hard Drive ; Nivida GT540 w/ Optimus Tech ; USB 3 - very impressed with it over USB2 ; Good Keyboard - also a con see below ; LIGHT only 1lb more than my 12" Netbook ; THIN same thickness as my 12"Netbook (Acer AO722) ; AWESOME BATTERY

Keyboard is great except the right shift key is a little small and I'm getting use to it, but it was awkward at first.. other than that the keyboard is great and I can type very fast on it ; Trackpad works great, but it is very sensitive when typing...

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Very good for the price

 

I've looked at the recent Acer laptops along with other brands and all of them had tradeoffs of one form or another. (the Acers have massive throtting issues due to heat) This is still the best bet you'll find.

I've been looking around for a laptop replacement for about six months now. I wanted a Sandy bridge chipset along with a discrete graphics card that was good enough to play games a little bit when needed and a good enough CPU to last a few years, but...

I don't like the fact that the fan is on all of the time. Granted it's fairly quiet but none the less it's a negative in my mind. The keys seem like they could have been made a bit bigger given the room, they do feel a tiny bit small

Oct, 2011
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:THX / THX TruStudio PRO / TruStudio Pro
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5

Battery

Battery Capacity:5900
Battery life (max):8
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Design

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

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:Nvidia Geforce GT 540M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard number of keys:103 / 86 / 87
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit LAN, WLAN
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:THX / THX TruStudio PRO / TruStudio Pro
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / nVidia
Infrared data port: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Mouse included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: Yes
Mouse 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
TV Out:N
TV out port: 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: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):21 / 23 / 24
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x8, 2x16, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.3 / 2.4
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:B950 / I5-2410M / I5-2430M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:J1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 85

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y
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: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version: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 Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / 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® 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® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:53450 / 55627 / I5-2410M
Processor code:SR04W
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.x
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / No

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 640
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500 / 640

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.9
Height :2.23
Height (front):2.2 / 2.53
Height (rear):2.5 / 3.16
Weight:1.98 / 2
Width:33.7 / 33.9