The Windows 7 budget laptop onslaught continues, this time courtesy of MSI, which has launched four new systems that all run Windows 7 Home Premium. One of them even includes a Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo drive for under $700. Two are currently available at Newegg.com.
While three of the notebooks use the new Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, the cheapest, the $529.99 CR600 is powered by a Pentium Dual Core T4500 CPU. It's also the only one using Nvidia GeForce 8200M integrated graphics and comes with 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB. On the other hand, the CR600 is the sole one of the four with a 16-inch display instead of a 15.6-inch screen.
The CR620-030 and CR620-033 both come with the Core i3-330M CPU, along with a 320GB hard drive. The CR620-030 costs $649.99, but the CR620-033 is priced $50 higher due to its Blu-ray combo drive. At $729.99, the CR620-031 sports the Core i5-430M and 500GB hard drive, but lacks that Blu-ray drive, leaving the potential buyer to decide if the more powerful processor is more important than Blu-ray.