MSI has announced the US availability of its FX600 multimedia notebook, which was first unveiled at CeBIT earlier this year. The 15.6-incher starts at $800 via Newegg and other web merchants, and features a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 450M, an Nvidia GeForce GT 325M, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a 1366x768 display resolution. There looks to be an optional 1080p screen, but it's not on any models we've spotted.

Enticed by the FX600 but need something slightly more compact? Keep your eye on the 14-inch FX400, which isn't shipping just yet. It's advertised with the same general specs, including an i5 CPU, 1GB GeForce GT 325M graphics, and 250GB to 500GB of storage. We don't see Optimus mentioned on any official page, but we hope it's present on both systems as they have a discrete Nvidia GPU with Intel's on-chip IGP.

Other hardware includes a DVD drive, an HD webcam on the FX600 and a 1.3MP camera for the FX400, USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA combo, VGA and HDMI outputs, a multi-card reader, wired and wireless network connectivity, optional Bluetooth v2.1, and a 6-cell battery. The FX600 weighs 2.41kg (5.31lbs), while the smaller FX400 shaves that to 2.2kg (4.85lbs). It goes without saying that both use Windows 7 Home Premium.