MSI C-series Updates Get Core i3/i5 CPUs, Blu-ray Option

Notebook computer maker MSI has announced four new additions to its C-series of mainstream notebook computers. Three models sport 15.6-inch displays Core i3 and i5 CPUs (one also carries a Blu-ray Combo drive), and while the fourth might still carry a Pentium Dual Core CPU, it also packs Nvidia GeForce 8200M graphics and a 16-inch display.

MSI C-Series Notebook Feb 2010

All four C-series models sport a 4-in-1 media card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networking, HDMI and VGA video output, three USB 2.0 ports, 1.3 megapixel webcam, and an ExpressCard slot. However, the CR600 features a glossy 16-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel display along with a Pentium Dual Core T4500 CPU, Nvidia GeForce 8200M graphics, 3 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, and a DVD Super Multi optical drive.

Moving up the scale a little bit, the three new C620 models al back crunch down a little to glossy 15.6-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel displays driven by Intel GMA HD graphics; however, the CR620-030 and CR620-033 both pack Intel Core i3 330M processors—the CR620-033 also offers a Blu-ray combo drive rather than a DVD Super Multi drive. Finally, the CR620-021 steps up to an Intel Core i5-430M processor and a 500 GB hard drive, although no Blu-ray option is available. All the C620 series pack 4 GB of RAM.

All four of the new MSI C-series systems ship with Windows 7 Home Premium; the 16-inch CR600 has a bas price of $529.99; the CR620-030 starts at $649.99, while the Blu-ray-bearing CR620-033 starts at $729.99 and the Core i5-equipped CR620-031 starts at $749.99. The CR600 and CR620-030 are available through MSI directly; the CR620-031 and CR620-033 are available through Newegg.

MSI CR600 Notebook (Feb 2010)