MSI Debuts 15.6" CX623 Multi-Media Notebook With Core i5 - HotHardware
MSI Debuts 15.6" CX623 Multi-Media Notebook With Core i5

MSI Debuts 15.6" CX623 Multi-Media Notebook With Core i5

We've gone nearly two whole weeks now without a new notebook from MSI, and that just seems extraordinarily long. MSI agrees. That's why the company is breaking their laptop silence today with yet another classic mainstream option, the CX623. It's the latest machine in the company's growing family of multi-media notebooks with this one having a traditional 15.6" LCD along with newer components from NVIDIA and Intel.


Within, there's a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 310M on the GPU front, while a Core i5 processor is available on the CPU end. There's also a pair of DDR3 RAM slots, a 1366x768 resolution panel, 2.5" hard drive slot (320GB/500GB available), a 4-in-1 card reader, a six-cell battery, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1, 1.3MP webcam, internal speakers and a variety of ports including VGA, HDMI eSATA, USB 2.0 x 2, mic-input, headphone-output, Ethernet, and a Kensington lock port.

As with many other notebooks these days, MSI is shipping this one with a chiclet-styled keyboard, and the cover/wrist areas are covered in the company's film print coating to protect these high-use areas from wear and tear. There's no mention of a price yet, but it should (hopefully) provide quite a value when it ships in the next few months.


MSI CX623—Enjoy Next Generation Multimedia Today

MSI just unveiled the newest member of its Classic series of notebook computers—a 15.6" model with a high end nVidia GeForce 310M discrete graphics card (DDR3 1GB VRAM) and the all new Intel Core processor, so you can enjoy next generation multimedia performance today.

Taipei—The CX623, the 15.6” laptop with discrete graphics card recently added to MSI's Classic series arsenal, just hit the market. Equipped with the latest Intel Core processor and the nVidia GeForce 310M discrete graphics card (DDR3 1GB VRAM), the CX623 offers the best multimedia processing capabilities out there. What's more, the CX623 comes with MSI’s own color film print coating with cross-hatch design and MSI's chiclet keyboard, accentuating its minimalist, stylish exterior.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern explains that the CX623 employs the latest Intel Core processor with nVdia discrete graphics card and MSI's exclusive GPU Boost technology. The nVdia GeForce 310M discrete graphics card enables the CX623 to automatically detect the load status of applications currently being used and to perform intelligent dynamic switching between the discrete graphics card and integrated display chip. It works hand in hand with MSI's ECO engine power saving technology, which allows you to select from among five power management levels, so you use just the right amount of power for the task at hand, allowing the CX623 to strike the ideal balance between quality multimedia performance, processing performance, and maximum battery life.

Next generation multimedia pleasure
All new Intel® Core™ processor: The CX623 comes equipped with Intel's latest Arrandale platform with advanced Intel® Core™ processor and HM55 chipset with Intel Hyper-Threading technology (Intel Core i5 processor model) and integrates the graphics core into the processor for less power consumption than previous generations of processor platforms, giving it 15% more battery life. The vastly enhanced integrated graphics core performance gives the CX623 unparalleled multimedia and processing performance.

nVidia GeForce 310M discrete graphics card (with DDR3 1GB VRAM): The CX623 comes with nVidia's latest GeForce 310M discrete graphics card with 1GB DDR3 of display memory. Graphics core performance is better than that of previous generations, offering a superior visual experience with enhanced display performance consisting of crisper picture and sharper colors.

HDMI: MSI's CX623 notebook also features an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) digital multimedia port that delivers 5GB of video bandwidth at 1080p resolution for video content. It gives clean, true-to-life images.

New generation power saving technology
Intelligent GPU Boost technology: The CX623 offers MSI's own intelligent GPU Boost technology which finds a balance between performance and battery life. Aided by the nVidia GeForce 310M discrete graphics card, the GPU Boost technology detects the graphics performance load status of the application currently being used and automatically switches between the discrete graphics card and integrated display chip, so when the system is performing high resolution tasks, like 3D games and graphics processing, the GPU Boost automatically selects the discrete graphics card mode to provide optimal image processing performance. When you're doing less power-hungry tasks, like word processing or cruising the Internet, the system switches back to the integrated chip mode to optimize battery life.

ECO engine power saving technology: The CX623 comes with MSI's exclusive ECO engine power saving technology which allows you to select from among five power management levels—Game, Film, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery, automatically adjusting image brightness, on/off switch, and sleep mode settings, maximizing battery flexibility to give you the most battery time per charge.

Classic minimalism—the epitome of MSI craftsmanship
Color film print coating with chic cross-hatch design: The cover and wrist rest areas of the CX623 are graced with MSI's stylish color film print coating with cross-hatch design to protect it from scratches and wear. This 15.6" machine with shimmering exterior and 45-degree beveled edges tips the scales at less than 2.5Kg. It's the ideal partner for mobile entertainment.

MSI's own chiclet keyboard: The CX623 comes with the latest independent chiclet keyboard, so whether you’re engaged in word processing or instant messaging, you’ll find yourself impressed by solid touch of the keys and you'll find that you don’t hit the wrong keys by mistake as much. The color film print coating with cross-hatch design on the cover and wrist areas combine with the chiclet keyboard to underscore the CX623's unparalleled minimalist tastefulness.

Classic design touchpad: Chic and unassuming, the CX623 is equipped with MSI's unique touchpad and sophisticated color film print coating with cross-hatch design for a more comfortable experience. The wrist area and touchpad come together to make the CX623 laptop the perfect blend of technology and art. 
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Good specs on this one for sure. So far the mobile core i5 seems to be the way to go.

It will be interesting to see what AMD mobile lineup performs like. AMD always has a better price point but they lose in the critical areas that concern me which are performance and battery life. These are two area I refuse to compromise on when I purchase my next laptop.

Also I wonder when we are going to see laptops shipping on a regular basis with 7200RPM HDD?

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la_guy_10: That 7200RPM drive you mentioned will cost you some of the battery life you want. They are power hungry little suckers. An SSD would be the best choice if they weren't priced to the Moon.

The core i5 does look like a good choice in a laptop. I have one in a desktop and it's a very nice processor.

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