Opening up the GT683DXR we find a 15.6" display which will please many consumers as MSI have chosen not to use a high shine finish. Our review sample uses a 1920×1080 resolution and there is a decent bezel at each side with rubber pads to cushion the screen when closed. As is normal for mobile systems a webcam is integrated into the display surround, just above the centre along with a dual array digital microphone. The camera used here is a 720p model.
Looking down to the main body of the system we find a textured wrist rest which sits either side of the touch pad and metal effect mouse buttons above information LEDs.
A Chiclet style keyboard is present with the main gaming keys noted in red and a touch panel sits above this offering functionality such as quick access to maximum fan speed, power profiles and Wi-Fi on/off. A turbo button is also present here which, depending on the spec, will apply a MSI approved overclock to the system.
Sitting at the edge of the system are our two Dynaudio speakers and a small bass port is located on the base of the system. Also worth noting is the presence of orange LEDs on the system which are placed at the front edge, down the sides of the screen and on the lid. These can be fully on, off or set to match our playback output by pressing the appropriate touch panel button.