MSI releases four new budget laptops, including Blu-ray model for $699.99

MSI releases four new budget laptops, including Blu-ray model for $699.99

Summary: 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.

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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.

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Windows

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  • Other information ?

    I wish all new product announcements for laptops included the weight. I believe, that weight, not product thickness, is a very important criterion that is often not released. Other information should include
    (some of this info will be found out only by
    reviews):

    - price (who cares how good something is if people don't know if they can afford it or not?)

    - battery life (in this vein, there should be
    a mutually-agreed upon verifiable standard test
    for battery life). Manufacturer claims on
    battery life are pathetic, and are almost like
    the almost outright lies being made for speed
    in Wi-Fi devices and the old EPA mileage
    estimates.

    - I think most people could care less about
    the frame rate achieved in gaming. But most
    people would care about the ability to play
    back stutter free high definition content at
    720p or 1080p.

    - Keyboard size and ergonomics. A metric needs
    be developed that indicates how usable the
    keyboard is. Maybe a simple poll (thumbs up
    or down) of actual users.

    - screen visibility outdoors and glare.

    - ease of upgradability, especially in smaller
    devices. In many small devices, what's in the
    device reminds me of the "mystery meat" talked
    about in fat food. Usually, to shave costs,
    the manufacturer puts inadequate storage in
    the original product. However, the specs of
    the storage used aren't listed, and end users
    have to take apart the device to figure out
    whether such storage can be swapped out at all,
    and whether upgrades make sense. This also
    refers to RAM, which in many smaller devices,
    can't be upgraded at all.
    rosanlo
    • I agree.

      Well said. This information would help a lot, probably even more than usual "4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive."
      statuskwo5
    • Go to the manufacturer's website

      and look under specifications.

      I choose my Dell Vostro 13 that way? Thinner than an Apple MacBook Air. No glare. Lasts longer. A bit heavier (but that's the batteries) Oh, only $450 instead of $1500...

      Neat uh?

      ~~~~~~~~~~~
      Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
      ~ Laurence J. Peter
      WinTard
  • Still looking for the rest of the post...

    Where's the rest of this post? That's all the info you have? Did you want to get it out so quickly that you couldn't get more than that?
    Steve Goldman
  • RE: MSI releases four new budget laptops, including Blu-ray model for $699.99

    I got the A6000 for $650, and it's 16" and has blu ray...
    It was on sale around Black Friday. Awesome little piece
    of work.
    evilkillerwhale@...
  • RE: MSI releases four new budget laptops, including Blu-ray model for $699.99

    Um... not a link in the article? Why not just print it and mail it hmmpf (j/k - sort of)
    rberman
  • Never considered MSI for a laptop

    I really never considered MSI for a laptop purchase. I have always stuck with bigger brands for fear of poor customer service. They always seem to cram a lot in to a cheap laptop. But when you have such a low price can any of the hardware be that good?
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
  • RE: MSI releases four new budget laptops, including Blu-ray model for $699.

    Once again Steve Jobs and Apple are whipped on the "cutting
    edge" front. Apple... so 2005.
    xbjllb
    • What does Apple have to do with THIS story?

      Why do people have to compare things that Apple
      does with its laptops to a POS like these MSI
      offerings? What is *missing* here is the
      complete story on each and every one of these
      new laptops, I mean my gosh...what a non-story!
      It has nothing to do with Apple, so why bring
      up Macs and Apple notebooks in the 1st place?

      I think the 1st post hit it on the $$$. There
      were no detailed specs and stats on any of
      these MSI notebooks, so what's the point of the
      story in the first place? If one of these
      writers is going to mention new products they
      should do two things, at least:

      1) Give detailed specs and stats, and pricing
      on the new models

      2) provide the URL to the manufacturer's web
      site for each model, if possible, otherwise to
      the general area of the mfr's site where such
      things might be found by interested people

      It's obvious that new notebooks are quickly
      going to the new i3/i5 CPU's now, and I would
      like to see some performance and battery life
      information on these new CPU's also, not just a
      continuing announcement of the models that are
      using them.

      That has yet to be made public, and I'm surely
      not the only one who feels like he is in the
      dark at this point about those important
      considerations...when are we going to see those
      things... in depth?

      This is a general comment to all of the
      writers, stringers, and editors at Tech
      Republic/ZDNet.com: get your stories together
      with a decent format, and include the
      parameters I just mentioned or DON'T RUN THE
      STORIES AT ALL!
      tech727
    • Really?

      Well tell us if this cheap junk cuts into Apple sales, k?
      Wintel_BSOD
  • RE: MSI releases four new budget laptops, including Blu-ray model for $699.99

    I'll wait til they go on sale
    Prime Waverider