New MSI Classic Notebooks

by Balraj Sandhu on 2/24/2010 3:00 PM EST
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  • squeezebox - Monday, March 01, 2010 - link

    I purchased the i3 version for my wife a few weeks ago at Fry's electronics store. It's a pretty solid little machine. It is true the battery life could be better, and the speakers are absolutely horrible--no surprise, but I mean HORRIBLE. You can barely hear them at all.

    But it does the job for my wife's surfing.

    One thing I really like about the design--many ports in the BACK, including HDMI and several USB. That's a nice change from the usual laptop design.

    The LCD is really bright and sharp.

    I didn't realize it came with a standard 3 year warranty, that's nice to know.
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  • crimson117 - Thursday, February 25, 2010 - link

    Do you really need blu-ray support on a 1366x768 laptop? Reply
  • erple2 - Thursday, February 25, 2010 - link

    The dearth of higher resolution screens is a bit disappointing to me. I would like to buy a 15" form factor laptop that has more than a 720p screen (I do more with a laptop than watch movies), but they seem to be hard to find (without spending a SIGNIFICANT premium).

    Do you really want a 768 screen on a 16" monitor? A friend of mine has a 17" laptop with a 1280x800 screen, and it's ... awful. I suppose that saving a couple of bucks on the screen is working out for laptop manufacturers...
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  • kmmatney - Friday, February 26, 2010 - link

    I have a 17" Dell with a 1920 x 1200 screen and love it. I don't always run it at full resolution, as the pixels are preyy small, but there are times when the high resolution is a lifesaver. I have to often connect up to remote machines for work (Remote desktop, VNC) and this is a pain with a low resolution screen. If I'm just doing basic work, then I often run at 1440 x 900 or even 1280 x 800 is my eyes are tired. Being able to change resolutions to fit my needs is very helpful. Reply
  • donkeybreath - Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - link

    wouldn't changing the screen rez to anything but native cause the screen to be blurry?

    i for one am sick of manufactures coming out with 1333x768 screens on laptops 15" and larger... why are there no options?

    a 1650x1080 option would be nice!!!!!!!!!!
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  • AstroGuardian - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    HP is known to have 1680 x 1050 res notebooks... Reply
  • jonasjill - Friday, March 26, 2010 - link

    Very realistic. Color is superb. The people behind the research papers is quite good. Reply
  • KidneyBean - Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - link

    Too bad about 32 bit Windows. Tonight I'm buying a new notebook, and I would've bought an MSI if it wasn't for that. Nice warranty, could've used that with my last laptop. Oh well.

    Are there any i3 or i5 barebone notebooks yet? I want an SSD drive, but I can't find any notebooks with SSD for under a $1000.

    Also, won't all i3 notebooks have LED backlights for the LCD monitor? LED costs less for manufacturers than for CCFL, and i3 notebooks will definitly be brand new.
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  • jayexel - Friday, February 26, 2010 - link

    You have too look for sales. Microsoft Store had the Dell Adamo with a 128GB SDD for ~$800 w/ tx&ship. Can't say the Adamo offers much in user expandability but it's a nice package for the price. The Lenovo X301 was $850, for the business user. Reply
  • iamezza - Thursday, February 25, 2010 - link

    You could always re-install Windows 64bit by yourself if it's that important to you. That way you get rid of all the OEM pre-installed crapware anyway.

    Also just buy your own SSD and upgrade it - not many manufacturers are offering good SSDs yet without massive price premiums.
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  • strikeback03 - Thursday, February 25, 2010 - link

    Sure you can replace those, but it would be nice to not have to pay for those components twice. Reply
  • alizee - Friday, February 26, 2010 - link

    No need to purchase Windows again, the license works on both 32 and 64 bit, just download the 64 bit DVD and use your fully legitimate serial number. Reply
  • AstroGuardian - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    You can't. It won't work. The OEM key is being pre-activated ant that is it! You can't activate it again unless the notebook is broken during warranty period.
    But anyways, you can always install a cracked Windows 7 Ultimate. It is so available, you can download it in 15 minutes, copy it to USB bootable stick and install it in 14 minutes.
    I don't see the point in buying any Microsoft Windows ever. It's buggy enough not to make me buy it.
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  • mrjminer - Sunday, March 28, 2010 - link

    Yea, let's tell people to illegally obtain their software instead of paying for it. You could just get an inferior Mac OS computer, or learn to use the supposedly bug-free Linux. Then again, I guess Windows is not too buggy for you to use to its fullest extent so long as you aren't paying for the work that went in to it? Nice justification, jerkoff. Reply
  • Penti - Saturday, February 27, 2010 - link

    An OEM-key is an OEM-key and it wouldn't be legit to use it with a non-legit media. You can't upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. There's just no way other then to purchase Software Assurance if your a company as that gives you imaging rights and a volume license of W7 Enterprise. I guess you can buy a retail 64-bit disc though and return the COA for a refund. Microsoft doesn't make it easy being legal. Reply
  • kmmatney - Friday, February 26, 2010 - link

    I was wondering about that - nice to know. I'm running a copy of Win7 ultimate 32-nit on my main home computer. I recevied it for free from a Microsoft conference. I wonder if my key will work with a 64-bit version, or if my free version is special. Reply
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