A look inside
MSI GX600 did not make if difficult to service the laptop, you can swap out the hard drive and memory, only thing you need is a screwdriver and a bit of patience.
While there is a large sticker over on the backside warning you that “warranty voided if sticker is tampered with”, we checked with MSI who told us that warranty is not voided
if you change memory/HDD.
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The battery pack is easy to remove and rather compact, while it’s not lightweight bringing a second one when on a long trip, will not take much room in your suitcase/backpack.
The hard drive is standard 2.5” size, a Western Digital 250Gb SATA model:
The other flap reveals the CPU, chipset and GPU area, as well as give you access to the memory modules. Two large flat heat pipes transport heat from the CPU and GPU towards the rear of the laptop where a rather small cools a set of copper fins down.
The memory modules are cascaded, the GX600P comes with 2x1Gb, you can upgrade to more if needed in the future, the laptop takes DDR2-667 SO-DIMM, which is quite affordable nowadays.Finger Prints
An exaggerated illustration of the thumbprints issue on the piano black finish:
It takes a few seconds to clean up, if you have the cloth in reach:
Enough about smudges and inside bits, time to open the lid and take a closer look at the keyboard ->