MSI X460DX Screen, Speakers, Keyboard and Touchpad

September 13, 2011 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (26,842)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Screen and Speakers
The 14-inch display has a glossy/reflective surface and a 720p resolution (1366×768 pixels). This display is indistinguishable next to those on other 14-inch notebooks – in other words, nothing out of the ordinary. Color reproduction is satisfactory and contrast is good with nice deep black levels. Reflections are a problem with this display due to the glossy surface, as is keeping it clean.

Viewing angles are typical for a TN-type display like this one: the picture is fine from side to side but quickly distorts from above and below. Lastly there is the relatively low screen resolution of just 1366×768 pixels; ideally a 14-inch notebook should have 1600×900 so more information can fit on the screen at one time.

There are two small stereo speakers located above the keyboard. They are typical notebook speakers with no perceptible bass and a tinny sound.

Keyboard and Touchpad
The X460DX’s keyboard features square flat-topped keys with good tactile feedback. The keyboard has a tendency to rattle slightly depending where and how hard keys are pressed, which can be annoying. Otherwise it is very solid and has minimal flex. The matte surface of the keys will most likely wear shiny over time.

The touchpad’s matte surface has a fine circular pattern which provides excellent feedback. The touchpad button is a single piece which I normally don’t care for, but this one feels solid and is anchored securely in the middle to create a “dead zone”; this allows both sides of the button to flex freely without affecting each other. The amount of pressure required to create a click is just right and clicks are quiet to avoid disturbing others.



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