MSI CR420 Notebook Review
MSI, the Taiwan based computer company, is now moving up in the line with the introduction of its latest Intel wireless technology laptop to be known as the MSI CR420 Notebook. This elegant notebook comes with many unique and innovative features all wrapped in a classical cross-hatch design. The MSI CR420 will come pre-installed with Windows 7 Premium Home Edition.
The very first impression the user would get its eye catching cross-hatch design that stand outs like a classic corporate executive. The laptop’s body is made up of scratch resistant enamel having good strength, light weighing at 2.2 kg and the cross-hatch design emitting an array of colours under various lights.
Under the glossy skin, the MSI CR420 is loaded with enough arsenals to tackle the everyday computing needs. It is equipped with the latest Intel’s Core i5 processor and HM55 chipset. The DDR3 RAM component can be extended upto 4GB to load all the memory hungry applications simultaneously. And a choice to have hard disk capacity of 250 / 320 / 500GB albeit with an increase in price as per the order. It comes with a moderate sized 14 inch high definition LED screen having an aspect ratio of 16:9 and can let the consumer enjoy high resolution movies at any viewing angle. The crisp and clear visuals are powered by the Intel HD (high definition) graphics subsystem. A significant feature of the MSI CR420 is the Intel’s latest technology of Wireless Display (WiDi). The best part of this innovative technology is that laptop can pass on the display to a HDTV via HDMI setup box. The top of the display is studded with a high resolution 1.3 megapixel webcam and a sensitive microphone. The webcam and microphone coupled with 2 high quality speakers helps to deliver that full fledged audio visual communication over the Internet.
The keyboard possesses chicklet styled keys providing ample comfort while typing and so does the cross hatched touchpad for a slicker and enjoyable mouse movements. The CR420 has multiple options to connect other peripherals to give it a complete SOHO definition. These include the HDMI port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, RJ-45 apart from the usual built-in 10/100 Ethernet socket and a multimedia card reader. The MSI CR420 has also built-in components for wireless connectivity like Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n. The CR420 will be having a 6 cell battery for power backup to provide a decent working timeframe in situations of power outage. In addition to the battery power backup, the CR420 will also have built in the ECO Engine energy saving technology providing the consumer with 5 power management options namely – Movie, Gaming, Presentation, Office and Turbo Battery. These modes control various power consuming peripherals like the display, processor by supplying optimum power as per the selected mode and extended the battery usage.
So what is the performance / feature to cost ratio? The price of the MSI CR420 is expected to be in the range of $800 and $900. Needless to say very affordable with the SOHO segment considering the feature set and the price to tackle those everyday computing needs.