MSI Reveals CX61 And CR61 Multimedia Laptops

MSI announced its new CX61 and CR61 multimedia laptops. These laptops feature Intel's new generation Core i processor, SRS PC Sound, USB3.0, HDMI 1.4, and Bluetooth 4.0. Recognizing that graphics are a key component to multimedia laptops, the CX61 offers the Nvidia GeForce GT640M or GT630M discrete graphics cards. The CR61 utilizes Intel HD Graphics and offers MSI's GPU Boost technology. Both laptops also have hotkeys that make it easy to turn off power to unused devices and safe battery life. According to MSI, these laptops can last for as long as 7.5 hours on battery power. Thanks to MSI's recharging technology, you'll be able to recharge the battery to 80% in about 80 minutes.

Smooth, Powerful Multimedia
MSI CX61, CR61 Multimedia Laptops

MSI recently unveiled its multimedia CX61 and CR61 notebook computers, packing powerful features like Intel's new generation Core i™ processor, SRS PC Sound™, USB3.0, HDMI 1.4, and Bluetooth 4.0. It is also ready for the Windows 8 upgrade when it comes out. In addition, the CX61 sports the most advanced performance-level discrete graphics card—the Nvidia GeForce GT640M discrete graphics card, giving you the absolutely fastest, smoothest multimedia performance available bar none, making it "Your multimedia companion!"

Taipei—MSI’s new CX61 and CR61 15.6-inch multimedia laptops pack Intel's new generation Core i™ processor for the ultimate in computing power. What's more, to meet the needs of increasing high resolution of today's HD multimedia, the CX61 and CR70 come equipped with cinema-level SRS PC Sound and faster transfer ports, including USB 3.0, which is ten times faster than USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4, which can handle the latest HD resolution, and the new generation Bluetooth 4.0, which connects more quickly and covers a wider area.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, notes that the CX61 and CR61 feature a cutting-edge processing platform that employs the most advanced nano production technology, enhancing great processing performance over the previous generation. They are also ready for the Windows 8 upgrade when it comes out. For details, please visit MSI's website. Furthermore, to handle HD multimedia with increasingly higher resolution, the CX61 and CR61 pack powerful features like SRS PC Sound™, USB3.0, HDMI 1.4, and Bluetooth 4.0. In addition, the CX61 sports the most advanced performance-level discrete graphics card—the Nvidia GeForce GT640M discrete graphics card, giving you the absolutely fastest, smoothest multimedia performance available bar none, making it "Your multimedia companion!"

Superior power and speed

Intel latest generation Core i™ CPU: The MSI CX61 and CR61 come equipped with Intel's latest generation Core i™ processor which supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology to analyze processor workload and automatically allocate processor resources to throttle up core clocks to enhance computing performance. This cutting-edge processing platform employs the most advanced nano production technology, currently the most advanced on the planet, enhancing great processing performance over the previous generation, while saving power and optimizing cooling capabilities. In addition, MSI's fast boot technology gets the CX61 and CR61 up and running in half the time that it takes other laptop computers. *Boot-up time will vary with different hardware specs and environments.

Nvidia GeForce GT640M discrete graphics card: The CX61 features the Nvidia GeForce GT640M discrete graphics card with 2G DDR3 of display memory. It boasts display performance that is approximately 1.82 more powerful than same-class, previous generation graphics cards, scoring 7,261 points on the 3D Mark Vantage test, making it the most advanced discrete graphics card among performance-class discrete graphics cards (See chart below) for display performance so impressive that whether you are watching an HD video, viewing a new generation website with rich, interactive media content, or embroiled in a melee with bad guys in a DirectX11-supporting game, the CX61 delivers.

Perfect balance between performance and battery time: The CX61 laptop comes with MSI's GPU Boost technology, so when it's handling heavy load applications, the system automatically switches over to the discrete graphics card for powerful graphics and when it is performing general word processing tasks or browsing the Internet, it automatically cuts to the power-sipping integrated graphics chip mode, striking the ideal balance between performance and battery life.

Sophisticated and chic

Refined flat metal brush finish: The stylish look is inspired by supercars. MSI's design team incorporated a royal bronze tone finish revealing a metallic luster used in luxury automobiles into the exterior of the MSI CX61 and CR61. In addition, the touchpad's crystal diamond finish and the layered texture of the recessed speakers accentuate the overall look and produce a sophistication reminiscent of high-end racecars.

Tapered profile and hidden hotkey design: The forward-tapering silhouette of the CX61 and CR61 notebook computer is also evocative of F1 racers. The layering of materials that compose the sides cause the bright layers to blend into the delicate etching of the flat black strata, exuding an artsy yet unpretentious feel. The hotkeys on the CX61 and CR61 are ingenisously integrated into the metal mesh strip above the keyboard, so while they are still easily accessible, they don't take away from the overall design integrity of this chic machine.

Friendly design, extended battery power

Hotkeys for shutting off power to idle devices: Above the keyboard on the CX61 and CR61, MSI placed special hotkeys that allow you to perform such tasks as ejecting DVDs, shut off the screen, and turn on S-Bar and Turbo Battery with just one touch. When you're going to be away from your computer temporarily, you can quickly cut off power to the screen with a hotkey to further extend battery life.

MSI S-Bar: The CX61 and CR61 laptops not only offer the most powerful hardware available, both its hardware and software were designed with the user in mind. MSI's S-Bar toolbar, located at the top of the screen, consists of shortcuts for major OS programs and hardware as well as MSI's own applications. It allows you to control all system functions, auxiliary programs and applications as well as an array of programs, such as software to save power and boost performance as well as MSI's multimedia software, the webcam, the projector, the wireless, Bluetooth, volume control, screen brightness, and standby mode. Operating multimedia was never easier.

Turbo Battery: Turbo Battery technology lets you control power on an array of hardware, including Bluetooth and wireless devices as well as your webcam, with a single click of the mouse. Now, you can extend battery time by shutting off devices not in use.

Powerful transfer technologies

SRS PC Sound: MSI's CX61 and CR61 laptops come with new generation SRS PC Sound™ for natural wrap around, high fidelity sound whether you use the built-in speakers, external ones, or headsets. This machine is designed to satisfy your craving for crisp, clear sound.

Latest USB3.0 ports: The CX61 and CR61 come with USB3.0 which boasts transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps—10 times faster than USB2.0, so a 25Gb HD film transfers in just 70 seconds. It also provides 80% more power for vastly faster charging speeds for external hard drives, flash drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

New transfer technologies: The CX61 and CR61 come with new generation Bluetooth 4.0 which boasts data transfer speeds of 24Mbps for increased connection speeds and a wider area of connectivity over the previous generation.

7.5 hours of battery time, fast battery recharge: The CX61 and CR61 NBs feature MSI's own ECO engine power saving technology, so with one touch; you can initiate the Turbo Battery to significantly extend battery time. Tests have shown that these laptops can operate for as long as 7.5 hours on battery. MSI's exclusive technology recharges them 1.5 times faster than traditional laptops. About 80 minutes is all you recharge to 80%. *Actual time required to recharge the CX61 and CR61 will vary with different environments.


CX61/CR61 Specs
Intel Third Generation Core i processors
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (Windows 8 capable)
DDRIII 1333 MHz, 2 slots up to 8GB (4GB*2)
15.6" HD 1366x768 ( 16:9 )
CX61-nVidia GeForce GT640M+2G VRAM
CX61-nVidia GeForce GT630M+2G VRAM
CR61-Intel HD Graphic
Hard Disk Drive
2.5" 500GB/640GB/720GB SATA
Optical Disk Drive
DVD Super Multi
5-in-1 card reader, HDMI, D-sub, USB 2.0*1+USB 3.0*2, Mic-in, Headphone out, RJ-45.
2Wx2 Theater Class Speakers
Surround Sound
Intel 802.11 b/g/n, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth V4.0
HD Webcam
6 cells
Dimension (WxDxH)
2.4Kg (w/ Battery)
Other Features
Turbo Battery, S-Bar , Multi-Touch Touch Pad, HDMI 1.4,USB 3.0,BT v4.0, CX61-NV Geforce GT630/640M+2G
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