It seems that the recently introduced
Classic-series laptops from MSI are no longer the latest additions to the line, as the company has revealed two new models, the CX420 and CR420. The mobile computers are lightweight devices, powered by the latest 2010 Intel processors from the Core i series, and boast design features that complement their performance capabilities with an increased comfort, style and user enjoyment.
The newcomers are based on Intel Core i3 or Core i5 central processors, use up to 4GB of RAM and have hard drives with storage capacities of 250GB, 320GB or 500GB. The CX420 even boasts advanced graphics capabilities provided by the ATi Radeon HD5470 discrete graphics card with 1GB DDR3. In addition, the two devices' connectivity and I/O options include Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, D-Sub, a six-cell battery, two speakers and a 1.3-megapixel webcam.
Among the aforementioned design upsides of the products are a scratch-resistant Cross-Hatch Color Film Print (CFP) patterning on the lid and palm-rest area and a Chiclet keyboard. The case of the laptops also uses MSI's “wedge” design, which makes the notebook slimmer and lighter (less than 2.2 kg). Even the touchpad utilizes full-textured cross-hatch CFP for a maximum user enjoyment.
The two notebooks use 16:9 theater-class LED-backlit screens measuring 14 inches. The viewable area is even extended by 14% so as to make sure that no horizontal black bars will ever appear during the playback of high-quality DVD movies. In addition, the CX420 features MSI's exclusive GPU Boost technology, which balances audiovisual performance and battery life. A simple button enables the activation of the high-performance mode, so that any image-processing applications may run smoothly.
Finally, the CX420 and the CR420 come with the company's ECO Engine energy-saving technology, which provides users with a choice between five self-explanatory power-management modes. These are Gaming, Movie, Presentation, Office, and Turbo Battery. Each mode adjusts the screen brightness, hibernation settings, power switch, processor performance, etc. This allows the battery to be used more flexibly, thus extending its life.
The CX420 and the CR420 14-inch notebook personal computers will be running Windows 7 Home Premium, but have not yet been given price tags or a release date.