Laptops that use Intel's new energy-efficient ultra-low-voltage processors may be thin and light, but that doesn't mean they're small. The £800 X600 is the latest in MSI's X-Slim series of ultraportable laptops but, with a 15.6-inch screen, it's pretty large.
If you like ostentatious laptops, the X600 probably isn't for you. The black plastic case on our review sample is about as conspicuous as a stealth bomber. The glossy lid with a painted MSI logo is the only design flourish. The rest of the X600 is matte black -- the perfect colour for its low-key good looks. You can also get the X600 in white.
Since it has a 15.6-inch screen, the X600 doesn't have quite the same slim profile as the X340, or the same MacBook Air pretensions, but 25mm thick is still pretty thin for a laptop of this size. But, at 392mm, its width is almost the same as that of some 17-inch laptops, so the X600 isn't as portable as you might expect.
The X600 is just as good-looking on the inside as on the outside. The enormous wrist rest is slightly sullied by an assortment of multi-coloured stickers that proclaim the laptop's prowess, but, if you peel these off, there's nothing else to detract from the gorgeous expanse of matte black. Not even the multi-touch trackpad stands out -- it's just a shallow rectangle below the spacebar with a single, though dual-action, mouse button below it.