Besides a redesign of the exterior styling and top grade hardware, the MSI GT660 comes with a decent pair of speakers from DynAudio and we’ll soon find out if they are up to task. As for the screen and the other internals, we do have a few things that we have to point out, especially if you’re considering getting one.
Now, it seems that there are two versions of the GT660, one packing a 15.6-inch screen with a higher resolution display of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the 16-inch version sports only a 1366 x 768 pixels resolution screen. Unfortunately we have word that in our local market in Singapore, only the 16-inch version will be available. So you’re really keen on getting one locally, you'll have to make do with the limited screen resolution. Both screen types are the glossy types and it's to be expected of a gaming-class notebook.
Next, we focus on the notebook's input options and for this, you’ll find a nice looking isolated keyboard and trackpad. However, appearances can be deceiving. The keyboard exhibited plenty of flex in our usage and that's quite odd considering the sturdiness of the entire notebook. You’ll find your fingers hating how the entire keyboard surface 'bounces' as you type. As for the trackpad, it does track your movements fine, but the scrolling is a tad buggy. You’ll need to find the exact position on the pad to activate the scrolling as it’s not positioned correctly at the right side as most other trackpads. Thankfully, the unit does come with a mouse so you can just skip using the trackpad and the frustration of using it.
Fret not, there's still plenty of hope for the unit. Since the GT660 comes packing DynaAudio speakers, we test drove its capabilities using our usual selection of audio materials used to evaluate multimedia speakers. To summarize our findings, we found that it delivered strong bass performance for a notebook. In fact, we found the sound to be exciting and aggressive, though it can be tiring to listen to over extended periods. Still, it’s a great step-up for gaming notebooks to feature quality speakers rather than the usual “stereo speakers”. Don't expect wonders out out of it though; it's still a pair of compact multimedia speakers (with another dedicated driver acting as a subwoofer) and they would have their limitations given this price point.