updated 10:00 am EST, Mon February 22, 2010
MSI slips out technical details of GE600 notebook
Taiwan-based PC maker MSI on Monday has officially launched its GE600 gaming notebook. First shown at CES, the 16-inch PC is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor of unknown clock speed along with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics chipset with 1GB of dedicated RAM. A unique feature is the integrated 720p HD webcam.
Intended as a self-contained entertainment system, it carries a subwoofer built-in along with two stereo speakers and SRS Premium Sound audio, as well as 7.1-channel audio output. Between the speakers sit a number of touch-sensitive hotkeys that let users quickly access their multimedia, MSI's GPU Boost overclocking feature and the Cinema Pro software. MSI's ECO Engine Power Saving Technology is also part of the specs, with five system modes for specific tasks to strike a balance between performance and battery life.
The hardware specs include a choice of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB hard drives, all preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium, Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi. MSI touts HDMI video output as well as VGA, three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port and an Ethernet jack. A six-cell battery is standard, with a nine-cell optional. The system weighs under 6lbs.
Despite releasing technical details, pricing and ship dates for North America haven't been released. MSI usually brings its PCs over to the US through online resellers like Amazon and NewEgg.