MSI 262 Laptop Review

 I am now 7 months into using this white MSi 262 Core 2 Duo Laptop, and it's time for a review.

Way back, Sony was written  to have aped MAC's Design with this model:

  Well, Sony came up with this model


 

And eventually, the mix of those two designs bred the MSI S262 design That you see Below:

 

 

 

Background on MSI

Computer nerds who know their motherboards know MSI to be the stable pick among other entrants.  Stable capacitors, intel chipset, etc., always made me pick MSI motherboards for my PC for many years now.

So what's in a Laptop?  If they're marked HP Compaq IBM Sony or whatever, they usually sound expensive.  But components inside (i.e. hard disk, lcd, graphics card, motherboard, ram, processor of usually Intel or AMD) never really contain manufacturers from one brand only.  Its still a collective assembly of many brands, and therein lies the MSI s262's advantage, because it is already a leader in motherboards.

Noticeable Flaws

The Hard drive could be a maxtor or fujitsu or seagate just like Hi-end branded Laptop names, and the list goes on.  But noticeable difference would be so called "hull integrity" or chassis rigidity. The Msi falls a tad short on its casing being rigid and you can really easily test its keypad area where your palms lay as you type.  The chassis area will bend down slightly on the weight of your hand.  This is a problem for me, as sometimes when I type, the scrolling blinking text goes back to the position where the mouse cursor is.  This means that the synapse mouse pointer sensitivity is sensing the weight of my hand as a mistaken command to point the cursor where the arrow mouse is.

The battery now mysteriously lasts 2 hours or less if used unplugged. (and mine is an extended battery supposed to last more than 4 hours!) Considering this is not my first laptop, I was now careful from the start.  I only used the laptop plugged into the wall socket if the battery is detached.  I only charge the battery if it is on its last ergs of power.  And I only use my laptop maybe 3 hours per day, 5 times per week at the most. To be fair to MSI Net Essentials, my old Compaq fell to only 30 hours of usage away from the wall socket, also at around 6 months of usage.  The Compaq distributors were powerless to force the HP Mothership to honor the warranty, as Philippine warranty centers answer No to warranty exchanges by default.  Their reason? There was a small nick (the size of this letter i in a wee corner of the battery).

Notice the silver round thing on the corner/swivel/hinge area?  That is not really some hi-tech screw on thing, it is just a rather disappointing piece of plastic cap, no different from a cap of smarties chocolates, that is attached to the main chassis via two thin brittle clip-on designs.  Guess what? Mine fell off three months ago and I can't get it back on because the clip on thingee inside already broke!

Other than all the minor things mentioned above, the MSI 262 is an excellent alternative to those other brands such as Acer or Asus.  In my 7 months use, the computer never hung on me.  I am also up to date with my anti virus and have set my firewall on, so clueless people, you can only blame yourself for software troubles.  I have never encountered any BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) crashes, which proves the choice of parts within this MSI laptop is good as they are compatible with each other.

Inside is a core 2 duo 1.6 or 1.7, 80 Gigs of Hard disk, 1 Gig of ram, and a Dvd Cd Writer, the cooling fan spews out hot air on the right side, and not from the bottom.

Upgrades to remove memory ram and hard disk is not easy, as the whole chassis assembly from top keyboard area to bottom plate area have to be removed just to replace parts.  There is no single screw compartment just for ram, or just for hard disk.

To summarize, Everything inside, parts, stability, and price, MSI 262 is tops.  But on the outside, the chassis casing needs a lot of work.  I hope mine even lasts the year or so. 

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Comments

  1. Really wanto to see a review on the 7 core laptops that just released !

  2. Never buy MSI laptops and netbooks… It might be cheap but it breaks down easily. MSI service center will void the warranty and will blame the defects on you. It’s a cheap product with cheap after sales service… DON’T BE A VICTIM LIKE ME.

  3. MSI might be cheap but breaks down easily.
    It also has a poor after sales service.
    MSI service center will not cover the warranty and blame the defects on the user.
    Don’t be a victim like me of this cheap laptop because instead of saving money you will spend more for its repair. I have IBM laptop since 2005 it’s still doing good until today Aug.10, 2011. Toshiba is ok still doing good after 3 years but MSI! did not last for a year. tsk! tsk! and the cost for repair is more than half of the price when i bought it. Shame on MSI! Poor quality with after sales service!

  4. MSI might be cheap but breaks down easily.
    It also has a poor after sales service.
    MSI service center will not cover the warranty and blame the defects on the user.
    Don’t be a victim like me of this cheap laptop because instead of saving money you will spend more for its repair. I have IBM laptop since 2005 it’s still doing good until today Aug.10, 2011. Toshiba is ok still doing good after 3 years but MSI! did not last for a year. tsk! tsk! and the cost for repair is more than half of the price when i bought it. Shame on MSI! Poor quality with poor after sales service!

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