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MSI CR620-691US 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

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MSI CR620-691US 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

MSI CR620

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The Bottom Line

Apr 4 2011 - MSI's CR620-691US is a fairly typical 15-inch budget laptop that has pretty much all the basic features that one can expect to find. It does have a few things that help it stand out a bit including a full sized keyboard with numeric keypad and a display that is slightly brighter than the competition. These are offset by minor annoyances such as a flush trackpad that can be difficult to use and a glossy exterior that easily shows fingerprints and smudges. The best thing going for it though is a street price that can be found for just under $600.
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Pros

  • Display Offers A Bit More Brightness Which Helps In Outdoor Use
  • Full Keyboard With Numeric Keypad
  • Street Price Is Lower Than Many Similarly Equipped PCs

Cons

  • Flush Tackpad Design With Rocker Bar Buttons
  • Glossy Casing Shows Fingerprints Easily

Description

  • Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.8" x 9.7" x 1.7" @ 5.5 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter

Guide Review - MSI CR620-691US 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Apr 4 2011 - The MSI CR620-691US is just one of many in a long line of budget oriented laptops from the company. This revision has a slightly higher price than their base model but comes equipped with an Intel Core i3-380M dual core processor. This combined with 4GB of DDR3 memory provides it with a fairly smooth experience for those looking at a basic computer system. It even has enough performance available where it can tackle a task such as desktop video, but it will take a bit longer than slightly more expensive models.

The storage features of the MSI CR620-691US are what you will find on just about every 15-inch budget laptop on the market. A 500GB hard drive provides a good amount of space for storing applications, data and media files. It spins at the more traditional 5400rpm rate which gives it modest performance. A dual layer DVD burner handles all playback or recording of CD or DVD media. Finally, there is a 4-in-1 media card reader that handles the most popular forms of flash media.

The 15.6-inch display panel on the MSI CR620 seemed to provide a bit brighter image over many other budget class 15-inch laptops. This is nice as it does help out some when trying to use it in certain lighting conditions which cause glare and reflection because of the glossy coating. Viewing angles are still somewhat limited and the contrast is average. Powering the graphics is the all too common Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. This is a fine solution for laptops that are used for standard web usage or viewing high definition media. The downside is that it lacks any real 3D performance to be used even for casual PC gaming.

As with many low cost 15-inch laptops, the MSI CR620 comes with a six cell battery pack. Because of this, it will yield fairly typical results in terms of running time compared to similar laptops. In DVD playback tests, the laptop was able to run just under two and a half hours before going into standby mode. More traditional usage should yield between three and three and a half hours.

The keyboard design of the CR620 uses a standard chiclet layout that MSI has been using for some time. It is a nice sized keyboard that provides a comfortable and accurate experience. It is nice to see a full sized numeric pad included but the reduced size right shift key can be problematic at times. The trackpad is designed to blend into the palmrest area and this is a bit of a problem as one can easily overshoot the edge when trying to move a cursor. The trackpad buttons also use a single rocker bar design that is less than ideal compared to individual buttons.

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