- Almost 8 hours of battery life
- Thin and light design
- Good performance
- Good keyboard and touchpad
- Overuse of glossy plastic
- Low screen resolution
The MSI X460DX provides portable multimedia power and plenty of battery life for a modest price.
Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a powerful yet portable multimedia laptop that costs less than $900. Say hello to the MSI X460DX. Measuring one inch thin and weighing just over four pounds, this 14-inch notebook has 7.5 hours of battery life and great performance. Read our full review to learn more.
Build and Design
The X460DX has a sleek all-black exterior. The lid and palm rest are brushed aluminum which is cool to the touch and looks great. The palm rest and lid borders are beveled to make the notebook look even thinner than it actually is – which isn’t a bad thing.
The overall build quality is good. The chassis isn’t as stiff as that of a business notebook but still feels solid – it’s hard not to considering how tightly the components are packed in the chassis. The plastics used are thicker than those found on a standard consumer notebook which adds to the solid feeling. Fit and finish is average; not all gaps between parts in the chassis are the same distance apart.
The lid is relatively strong and resists twisting well thanks to the aluminum backing. No ripples appear on the screen when pressure is applied from behind. The hinges are strong and hold the lid to the chassis securely; additionally they do not allow the display to wobble much.
The glossy plastic around the screen and keyboard gets smudged up easily and becomes an eyesore. Glossy plastic on a notebook is not a good idea from a usability or durability standpoint; it only serves to make the notebook look more attractive on a shelf display.
My second complaint is the mirror-finish touchpad button, which is perhaps the worst place to have a reflective surface. One press makes the button look greasy and unclean. While the X460DX looks smart from a distance, the glossy plastic is a notable downside.
Looking to upgrade the RAM or hard drive? It’s easy to do thanks to the large removable access panel on the bottom of the chassis which requires removing six screws.
Ports and Features
The notebook sports an average selection of ports plus USB 3.0, which is great for transfering data quickly to USB 3.0 external hard drives (~3x faster than USB 2.0). The X460DX does not have eSATA, DisplayPort, or an ExpressCard slot. All picture descriptions are left to right.
Front: Status lights
Back: Battery pack
Left: AC power, cooling exhaust vent, HDMI out, VGA, Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0
Right: Headphone and microphone jacks, media card reader, USB 2.0 port, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot