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MSI Brings Four New Classic Series Notebooks Starting At $530

MSI Brings Four New Classic Series Notebooks Starting At $530

Hot on the heels of our Wind U135 review, here comes a new shipment of MSI notebooks for those looking for something a bit more powerful (and a bit larger). A total of three 15.6" and one 16" notebooks are now shipping in the United States, with a starting price tag of $529.99.

All four of these fit into MSI's "Classic" line of machines, with the 16" CR600 and 15.6" CR620-030, CR620-033 and CR620-031 all featuring Windows 7 Home Premium. The whole family is also built around Intel’s Arrandale platform and feature new Core i3 or Core i5 processors, and they also tout 16:9 displays with 1366x768 resolution. Other specifications include up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB or 500GB hard drive, an optional Blu-ray/DVD combo drive and an upgraded raised chiclet keyboard.



The CR600 features the NVIDIA’s GeForce 8200M, and there's also the expected 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi card, an HDMI port and a 1.3MP webcam. The full specifications and prices are below.


MSI North America Announces the Availability of Four New Powerful Classic Series Notebooks
Posted on: 16 February 2010

The three 15.6-inch and one 16-inch start at just $529.99 and all feature Windows 7 and HD displays

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – February 16, 2010 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is proud to announce the availability of four new additions to its Classic-Series notebook line.  The 16-inch CR600 and 15.6 inch CR620-030, CR620-033 and CR620-031 all feature the Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System and HD displays to deliver amazing performance in a stylish notebook.

The CR620 models are all built on Intel’s Arrandale platform and feature new Core i3 or Core i5 processors.  The notebooks’ powerful image processing cores are capable of transmitting HD images and combine with backlit 16:9 cinematic HD displays (1366 x 768) to offer the ultimate viewing experience.  Each of the three model features 4GB of DDR 3 memory, either a 320 or 500GB hard drive and the CR620-033 comes with a Blu-ray DVD combo drive.   MSI also upgrade all of the CR620 models with a raised chiclet keyboard for grater accuracy and comfort while typing.

The CR600 features the NVIDIA’s GeForce 8200M, and like the other Classic models, is loaded with an 802.11 b/g/draft n high speed wireless connection, an HDMI out port and a built-in 1.3MP webcam with MSI’s Easy Image Recording tools.

The new C-Series notebooks also all feature a minimalist design that includes a sharp 45 degree angled-edge, which elegantly positions the side I/O ports and heat vents.  The models’ 6-cell batteries sit flush against bottom of the case to create a smooth curved design.  MSI coupled the new Classic notebooks’ flowing footprint with its Color Film Print Technology to create a fashionable line of notebooks that are sure to turn heads.

The new Classic notebooks start at just $529.99 and are available now at Newegg.

About MSI Notebook

Based in City of Industry California, MSI Notebook manufactures and sells a wide array of mobile computing products that includes Gaming Notebooks, the X-Slim line of ultraportables, the Classic Series Notebooks and MSI’s award winning line of Wind Netbooks.  Each product line is designed with the latest technology to meet a specific set of needs for the various classifications of mobile users.  To learn more about MSI Notebook’s complete offering please visit www.msimobile.com.
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Hard to tell from the pic, but it looks like they're sticking with that horrible key layout with the tiny right-shift key that has you hitting cursor-up for the first couple of months.

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Yeah 3vi1 I also question the use of DDR2 on a mobile platform. If they used DDR3 it helps the energy platform on the CR-600, as this is the only one with a GPU besides the board included. That platform specifically would benefit more from DDR3 in 2 ways one for extended graphics memory (it also includes 3 instead of 4 gigs), and because of the add in solo GPU the energy time is already impacted as well. This seems odd to me, but maybe it's just me. The CPU and display are also going to impact this energy profile as well.

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