MSI GT683R-242US Review

MSI GT683R-242US Review – Overview

I’ve been using the MSI GT683R-242US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black ) for 2 weeks this far and have no apparent issues on its build quality and performance.

MSI GT683R-242US is a powerful unit if you are a professional or high end gamer. (I like the design, it has LED lighting all around)

This machine plays modern new games with medium or highest settings without any problems.

Other gaming machines with similar specs, i7 core CPU, 1TB HDD at 7200RPM, USB 3.0, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, you would have to spend more than $1800.

For under $1500 I spent, this machine was excellent value. MSI is probably new to gaming machine, but they have came very strong with this unit.

My small complaint however, it has unusual keyboard and scrolling touchpad. Eventhough it is a full size standard keyboard with the numberpad, and the button and touchpad is nice and accurate, but I had small problems with the scrolling in the beginning.

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The LED around the MSI GT683R-242US.

The fix was by changing the gesture and pick the “two finger motion up”.

This MSI GT683R-242US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black ) is very powerful, but quite big and heavy, if you expect a lightweight machine and portable machine, then this unit is not for you.

This laptop is like a home PC replacement, although it is still as portable as other laptops, but not as light as netbooks.

The MSI GT683R-242US screen is beautiful, showing contrast as well as vibrant colors, so games, pictures and movies really look brilliant on it.

With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics, it is capable to run heavy graphic games on high detail, and with the stellar processor, this machine handles any games I throw at it. (It has better speakers than most laptops I have heard!)

MSI GT683R-242US battery life, you will have a few options so it varies from one setting to another, and it depends on what you are doing with it.

I have tested the battery life, and it was over 8 hours when you are only surfing the web, and use “battery saving” preference in “Windows 7 Power Settings”.

The machine has Super fast i7 CPU with no Sandy Bridge problem and it has one touch overclock turbo mode.

When you press turbo button in the laptop above its keyboard, labelled, “turbo”, it will overclocks the CPU to 2.8 GHz automatically! You will have more for standard computing needs and gaming.

I have never had any speed issues, and it is nearly as speedy as my home computer, which has 3 GHz. Also, I can hardly notice their speed difference.

The MSI GT683R-242US came with a 1TB 7200 Hard Drive, which is really great and more than enough for everything.

In fact, you will find a lot of laptops which have 5400 RPM and no Solid State Drive, and those are not too good for gamers. (of course, CPU and Graphics matter too).

MSI GT683R-242US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) Specs


  1. Color: Black
  2. OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) edition
  3. 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor (with 6MB Smart Cache
  4. 12GB(3x 4GB) DDR3 SODIMM memory (expandable up to 16GB)
  5. 15.6″ HD Glossy Display (1920 x 1080 resolution)
  6. NVIDIA Geforce GTX560M Graphics Module (with 1.5GB DDR5 Video Memory)
  7. 1TB SATA Hard Drive (at 7200 RPM)
  8. Integrated Super-Multi DVD±RW Drive
  9. THX TruStudio Pro Audio CODEC with Premium Sound Speakers
  10. Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n W-LAN; built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth
  11. Ports: 2x USB 3.0; 2x USB 2.0; 1x VGA; 1x HDMI; 1x eSATA; 1x Microphone-in; 1x Headphone-out; 1x RJ45 LAN Port
  12. 7-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/XD/MSPRO/MS/MM compatible)
  13. Built-in webcam (720P HD)
  14. 9-Cell Battery
  15. Dimension: 10.24 x 14.97 x 1.77 Inch
  16. Weight: 7.7lbs

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MSI GT683R-242US Review – Conclusion

It is a powerful gaming laptop, and can be a great replacement of your desktop.

And if you are a college student like me, who don’t want to move with your huge home computer, this laptop is more than powerful to handle your college work and your games.

An i7 CPU combined with dedicated graphics, 1TB HDD, huge RAM, it will completely beat all laptops on similar specs under $1500.

This black MSI GT683R-242US is the best and most budget-efficient gaming laptop on the market, you won’t find any better laptops for this money with similar specs and warranty.

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