If you read our first impressions of the MSI PX60 you would have noticed our disappointment in the company going with a budget TN panel instead of going all the way with an IPS screen. From a notebook that’s been marketed as gaming/workstation/multimedia device, you’d expect excellent sound and picture quality. However, the notebook delivers only the former.
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The notebook plays in the same ballpark as some other 15-inch multimedia alternatives like the ASUS ROG GL552VW, ASUS N552VX, Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition, Lenovo Y700 and Dell’s Inspiron 7559 but eventually struggles to keep up with image quality. Our tests from the lab show decent readings in some aspects like 100% sRGB color gamut coverage and accurate color reproduction out of the box. However, color temperature is deviating while the contrast ratio and maximum brightness are subpar – 390:1 and 7420K. And since this is a TN panel, its viewing angles are unsatisfactory as well.
Another interesting find is the fact that the considerably more expensive MSI PX60 uses the same TN panel that we found in the Acer Aspire V 15 (V3-575G) and the V5-591 models. The model number is N156HGE-EAL manufactured by INNOLUX and test results further confirm these claims as they are identical to the ones we got earlier this year.
Stay tuned for the full review of the model with more information regarding the screen quality, battery life, performance, etc.