Any news on the x460?

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  1. jacob_s

    jacob_s Notebook Consultant

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    MSI Global ? News

    I was wondering if this has been released, and if so, has there been any reviews/thoughts on it yet? I was particularly intrigued by the size/power potential even though I'm told the screens aren't usually impressive from MSi. Perhaps this laptop is similar to the LG P330, with no news whatsoever except the announcement?
     
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    So, I'm taking that as a "no"? Perhaps I missed something, but these specs seem pretty sweet to me... obviously, there's a good chance they will ruin it with an atrocious screen, but it's not like there's a whole lot of reasonable options in that size.
     
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    The X460 will be coming in to the US in mid-August.

    The DX version with switchable graphics will come later...if at all.

    Which one would interest you most?
     
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    Not quite sure, since I seem to recall there was a tradeoff between discrete graphics and i7. Definitely would go for the i7 quad though if it was a choice between i5 w/graphics and quad i7 without graphics.

    The 1366x768 on a 14" does sound a little disappointing though, and from what I've read MSI has been using pretty abysmal screens lately in terms of color quality and contrast.
     
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    It appears the i7 Quad will not go with discrete graphics.

    Recently, the screens on MSI models have been great, and tend to never have any defective pixels.
     
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    Well, I've had good experience with other MSI products that I've used in the past. See, I recently bought the Samsung series 9 w/i7 from Costco since it was the only reasonable ultraportable I could find without completely destroying my wallet w/ the new Vaio Z (though it really is tempting...). I figured that with the 90 day return policy I'll be able to keep an eye out on these upcoming laptops and possibly get one of them instead if they're better. This was on my list to look at...

    <unrelated rant>
    The Series 9 is nice, but there are a few things I'm not too pleased with:
    Obviously the wifi issue, though it's not that bad, and my university has strong G coverage everywhere, so it should be alright.
    The sharp edges facing me aren't very nice for typing... kinda scratches the arms.
    ULV processor is decent, but Turboboost combined with Integrated graphics seems to lead to a lot of odd bugs like jumpy framerates, screen flickering black in browser, and jumpy aero features.
    The "clickpad" irritates me.. I just want real buttons!
    The matte screen is a little aggressive - kinda grainy, though it's overcome by the high levels of brightness.
    The keys are kind of "soft" and "mushy".

    </unrelated rant>
     
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    So, I'm still waiting for info on this, because it could be very interesting with Quadcore...

    I did find this on Amazon:
    Amazon.com: MSI X460-004US 14-Inch Laptop - Black: Computer & Accessories

    That price seem quite reasonable.. though I'm not sure how valid it is after looking at the technical specs listed lol:
    Also, could someone explain to me why it appears that the vertical bar and backslash button is duplicated, with the second one being placed to the left of the spacebar? This seems absolutely pointless to me...

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514ImuVSG0L.jpg
     
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    Regeneration Notebook Enthusiast

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    The X460DX sounds interesting to me. i5 2410M + GT540 and ~2 kg / 4.4 lbs. According to their website even a i7 2630QM would be possible, but I have my doubts, as possible heat / throttling issues.

    Only the screen resolution I find a disappointment, I would prefer 1600 x 900. Do you think the screen can be easily swapped?

    And some minor things like the partial glossy finish and the single mouse buttons, I would also prefer matte finish and two separated mouse buttons.
     
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    I have no idea about screen swaps, but I personally would be hesitant to try it... also, I'm a little curious if the US one will even have Quad Core or the Graphics card. The specs are rather vague on the few vendors who are offering preorders on the various models.
     
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    You will have a choice of either the Quad Core processor or the nVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, but this unit will not support both.

    They are now available in the US and will be on our website shortly.
     
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