The MSI EX600 comes in various colors, and the color of the logo on the top lid also varies. The model that we’ve tested is violet, with a black/silver colored logo. The machine itself and the lid have rounded edges, so it in no way appears clumsy, but instead very nice and smooth, and the MSI logo on the lid particularly draws some attention, and it put some extra detail to the else wise barren cover. The appearance is of course a matter of personal taste, but the machine feels solid, and seems thoroughly built in a good quality.
Just underneath the screen, furthest to each of their respectable sides, MSI have chosen to position the two speakers. The Function-keys have been placed in the right side as well, in the following order: On/Off, E-mail, Internet, Network, and a programmable key named “P1” that by default is set up for the webcam.
Although the MSI EX600 is a standard 15.4” laptop, MSI have gone against common keypad layouts by adding a numerical section, which is only common for 17” and up. The keypad is not perfect, but it sure comes close. Strokes are received well, but unfortunately the keys stagger a little. The fact that the pad is numerical requires some adaption, since some of the keys have thus become a little thinner, in order to fit in the numerical section. After a few weeks of use, this should offer no problem, and in fact, the numerical section becomes quite a favored feature.
I have not complains regarding the touchpad. It is much leveled with the surface of the machine, thus very comfortable to use. In the right side of the touchpad, a scroll area is located, which, in my opinion, is a must for any laptop today, and it works well. This is a very nice feature when e.g. browsing the internet.
On the left of the touchpad, an bunch of stickers are attached that describe the various functions of the laptop.