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MSI CX640 Laptop Review (Core i5/Nvidia)

Rating: 7.0.

MSI have been consistently releasing some of the finest enthusiast grade hardware in the last year and today we are looking at their competitively priced CX640 15.6 laptop which features a capable Core i5 processor, Nvidia discrete graphics, 500GB hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 memory. For under £600 is this an ideal all round machine for gaming and work duties?

The CX640 can be currently bought online for £576.95 from Amazon, which puts it firmly into a very competitive, mid to low end bracket. With a Time stamp function, the machine can automatically back up and restore information. There is a less expensive version available, called the CR640, which is supplied with just the onboard Intel HD Graphics.

Time Stamp has been one of the selling points for MSI, as there is a dedicated button which can automatically return a system to a prior state, ideal for dealing quickly with a data corruption issue for instance. The safety features continue, with the hard drive being placed into a reinforced protection package, a little like a low profile airbag, to help protect against platter damage.

CPU 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3 / i5 / i7 Processor
OS Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
(MSI recommends upgrade to Genuine Windows® 7 Professional)
Chipset Intel® HM65
Memory DDR3 1333,2 slots, Max: 8GB
LCD Size 15.6″ HD 1366×768 (16:9)
Graphics nVIDIA Geforce GT520M Graphic Card
Graphics VRAM DDR3 1GB
HDD (GB) 320G/500G/640GB SATA
Optical Drive Super-Multi / Blu-Ray
Audio 2 Speakers
Webcam 1.3M Webcam
LAN 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 (Optional)
D-Sub (VGA) 1
USB 2.0 port 2
USB 3.0 port 2 (optional)
Mic-in/Headphone-out 1/1
Line-in N/A
Express Card N/A
Modem port N/A
Keyboard 99 keys
AC Adapter 90W
Battery 6 cells / 8 cells
Power Management N/A
Dimension 380mm x 260mm x 27.1~34mm
Weight (KG) 2.6

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  • iain

    Havent had time to read it all just yet, but it seems respectable for the price. a lot of the budget has gone on the CPU. so ideal for workers I think.

  • Rufus

    Our local PCWORLD store has this machine I think. it looks good, but it was very dirty looking, from the people pawing all over it. Sony machines always do well in a retail store environment

  • Frank

    Nice looking machine really for the price, but I think id spend a few hundred more aim higher up their range for a better model

  • Thomas

    Looks quite average, but the CPU is a good selling point

  • Lee Franks

    Man their other models are so much better

  • David

    yeah, not that impressive overall. ive been contemplating one of the google laptops when they are released. to try a new operating system.