MSI CX623-258UK review

A few design quirks aside, this is a well-priced laptop suitable for all the family

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Decent performance
  • Solid build quality
  • 640 GB storage
  • Dedicated graphics


  • Irritating touchpad
  • Some flex in keyboard

MSI enjoyed a successful year in 2010 producing a succession of impressive machines that ranged from excellent netbooks to high-end gaming kit. The CX623-258UK comes from the manufacturer's classic range and, despite a few design quirks, makes a competitive choice for the whole family.

The screen is one of the best we have seen around this price and is on a par with the Dell Inspiron 15R. Brightness is exceptional, as is colour reproduction, but it's the contrast and deep black levels that really impress. As a result, this laptop would certainly suit those for whom viewing videos and photos is a priority, as it makes them look great.

The keyboard is very spacious and uses isolation-style keys. The keys are also large and, therefore, hard to miss-hit, but the board is quite spongy, giving a slightly rattly feel to proceedings. Ultimately, however, we found the laptop very comfortable to type on for long periods.

Irritating touchpad

Unfortunately, the touchpad is very easy to brush when typing, meaning you're likely to spend a lot of time rearranging bits of text which you've inadvertently launched across the page. This is a big flaw and quickly becomes hugely infuriating.

Despite the flexible keyboard, the laptop is very well put together, featuring tough plastics. However, some potential purchasers may be put off by the unusual paint scheme used.

MSI cx623

Another strange design choice is to place the majority of ports at the back of the laptop's chassis, making attaching peripherals, for example, a bit fiddly at times.

Internally, an Intel Core i3 380M processor and 4096MB of memory provide average performance, judging by the benchmarking scores, but in reality we found the laptop to perform well, running everyday applications, such as email clients, with little issue.


Battery life: 246 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 116
3D Mark 2003: 8911

However, if you're after the most for your money in terms of performance, you would do better considering the Dell Inspiron 15R.

Graphically the laptop is surprisingly powerful, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce 310M chip, and those wanting to edit their holiday videos and photos with high-end software will be well served here. The laptop will struggle to run the latest games, however.

The 640GB hard drive is exceptionally generous for the price, and will take the average user many years to fill, saving you from having to constantly move your excess data to an external drive to free up space. A standard CD and DVD rewriter is also in place for creating your own discs.

A few design quirks aside, we were quite impressed by the CX623-258UK. It may not be the most comprehensive option here, but it is certainly worth your consideration at this price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce G310M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyCX623
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-460M
ColourBlack, Silver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameMSI
Processor Speed2.53 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height35 mm
Width374 mm
Depth247 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesCX623
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelCX623-i3745W7P
Product NameCX623-i3745W7P Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number001688AA2-SKU4
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The CX623 has MSI GPU boost which is equipped with NVIDIA Optimus Technology. The MSI GPU Boost Technology can automatically switch the mode to achieve great graphics performance and superior battery life. While you are editing images or conducting graphics-intensive programs, this smart technology turns on which enables smoother operations. For other daily works, graphics mode is off and therefore you can enjoy a longer-lasting battery life.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • CX623-i3745W7P Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter