MSI is a name that many geeks will recognize for making some nice notebooks and netbooks. The company is always adding new gear to its line to try and part geeks from their dollars. The latest additions to the MSI family are the GX660 and GX660R. These machines are multimedia rigs that should work for moderate gaming as well.
The GX660 has a 15.6-inch screen and uses an Intel Core i5-450M CPU. The graphics are handled by ATI Radeon HD 5870 Broadway XT video card. The rig has 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage along with a 720p Webcam, Bluetooth, and WiFi. HDMI out and USB 3.0 are also built-in. the GX660 starts at $1449.99 (USD).
The GX660R is the big brother to the standard GX660. It has many of the same features, but differs in a few notable specs. The 15.6-inch screen gets a super sharp 1920 x 1080 resolution, and the CPU is upgraded to a zippy Core i7-740QM. The GX660R also has 6GB of RAM, 640GB of storage, and a Blu-ray drive along with the other features of its little brother. It starts at $1749.99.