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MSI CR720-265US Review – i3-380M notebook

January 26th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

MSI CR720-265 US is a budget laptop with large screen and greater resolution. In fact, the money spent on this laptop would be a real worth for a buyer. It is not suitable for HD media and gaming as it does not contain Blu-Ray or dedicated graphics. This is a large screen general purpose laptop for the people that are on a fixed budget. Its peripheral ports would be definitely an advantage to gain needed expansion for the laptop.

As part of the MSI CR720-265US Review, we present the most common features of this notebook for a quick glance.

Main Features of MSI CR720-265US

• Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Mobile Processor
• 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
• 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
• 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
• 17.3″ WSXGA+ (1600×900) LED Backlit Display With 1.3-Megapixel Webcam
• Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
• Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
• Four USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
• 16.3″ x 10.5″ x 1.5″ @ 6.6 lbs.
• Windows 7 Home Premium.

MSI CR720-265US Positives

• It is a light weight 17-inch screen laptop.
• Peripheral ports are very well arranged for necessary expansion for the laptop.

MSI CR720-265US Negatives

• There is no integrated graphics.
• Blu-ray facility is lacking with this bigger screen laptop.


The lowest price tag of MSI CR720-265US laptop is definitely a drawing factor. Also, this laptop is powered through the latest Intel Core i7-380M budget class Dual Core processor. This processor is famous for its fast performance and buyer will definitely enjoy the performance of this laptop which will pace faster. Its 4GB od DDR3 RAM will support the performance of the processor to a major extent. Lacking of Hyperthreading and overlocking facility with this laptop will lag down the some of demanding tasks.

This laptop features 500 GB hard drive to provide huge volume of storage space for a user. This drive spins at 5400 rpm. A dual layer DVD burner is equipped in this laptop and this optical drive handles all recording and playback of CD and DVD media successfully.

MSI CR720-265US doesn’t have dedicated graphics processor, but depends for this purpose over the Intel GMA 4500MHD, which is suitable enough for basic HD media and web browsing needs. Casual PC gaming and 3D performance is not much effective with this laptop. Its 17.3-inches screen has 1600 x 900 pixels resolution. This screen is sported with a glossy coating which makes it difficult to use in certain lighting conditions. Some of the lighting conditions will result into glare or reflection over the screen and this includes outdoors too.

The keyboard size provided with this laptop is a full size one along with numeric keypad. The track pad of this laptop is slightly offcenter of the space bar and blends well with palmest area. A rocking button bar is arranged with the trackpad and no individual buttons. This kind of arrangement is often troublesome.

Peripheral connectivity is appreciating with this laptop. This laptop has 4 numbers of USB ports, one VGA port, one HDMI output port, one HDMI 1.3 port, one eSATA port, one microphone jack, one headphone jack and one Express card slot. For communication it has, LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps and one WLAN of Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000BGN.

The battery arranged with MSI CR720-265US laptop is a 6-cell compact battery. This battery offers one and half hours of battery life for this laptop. It has built-in speakers with decent sound quality through its integrated sound card. It size is 16.31”x10.52”x1.47” with a weight of 6.6 lbs. This laptop comes with one year limited warranty on spares and labor.

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