updated 11:45 am EDT, Wed July 15, 2009
MSI adds 16-inch notebooks
The recently introduced Classic series of notebooks from MSI, which kicked off with the 14-inch CR400 notebook last week, was just expanded with the promised arrival of the 16-inch CX600 and CR600. Either is wedge-shaped and sports 45-degree edges, as well as the same imprint finish as the CR400. The 1366x768 resolution displays are LED-backlit, while the touchpad buttons are brushed metal. Where they begin to differ is in their graphics processing powers, as the CX600 runs an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 3D card with 512MB of RAM, while the CR600 has NVIDIA's GeForce 8200M G GPU that shares system memory and adds an HDMI port.
Otherwise, specs, features and equipment are identical, with both systems apparently tipping the scales at the same near 5.5lbs with a six-cell battery. Users get the same choice of unspecified Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Wi-Fi compatibility, a 1.3-megapixel camera and an optional Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR connection. Hard drives come preloaded with Windows Vista Home Premium in 250GB, 320GB or 500GB capacities. Three USB ports adorn either notebook, and there is a DVD optical drive. A VGA output is common to both. There is support for up to 4GB of RAM in either the CR600 or CX600, though MSI does not specify what the standard spec is.
Pricing or release dates for Taiwan have not bee announced, nor whether the notebooks will make it to the North American market.