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MSI EX620 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £690
inc VAT


16 in 1,366×768 display, 2.7kg, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Home Premium

MSI’s EX620 is the same size and shape as the cheaper VR630, although its case has some neat design touches that make it look more expensive.

It also has the same 16in 1,366×768-pixel widescreen display. Internally, however, the two models are worlds apart – the EX620 has an Intel processor, an ATI graphics card and a Blu-ray drive.

Although the Intel T5800 processor in the EX620 runs at the same speed (2GHz) as the AMD processor in the VR630, the EX620’s overall PCMark score was 28 per cent higher. The EX620’s 3D performance is also better, although its 7.6fps in Call of Duty 4 isn’t high enough to appeal to gamers. This laptop will struggle with new games, even at lower detail settings. Battery life is also longer than that of MSI’s budget laptop, but at two hours and 10 minutes it’s still poor and only good enough for use in the garden or on short trips.

The keyboard is the same as that of the cheaper model, which is a real disappointment. It flexes on either side, and although the keys are large and comfortable, the flex takes the bite out of each keystroke, making feedback poor. The touchpad is large and smooth, with raised buttons close to the edge of the case where your thumb naturally rests.

The screen is also the same as the VR630’s, with bright backlighting and vibrant colours. The glossy finish will reflect nearby light sources, but it improves the colours and contrast of images. The colours may be a bit too vibrant, but that’s preferable to the dull colours on the two Asus models here.

Like all the other £650 laptops, the EX620 has a 320GB hard disk, which should provide plenty of space for your files.

Aside from the poor battery life, MSI’s EX620 is another decent Blu-ray-capable laptop. Again, its main problem is that it’s outclassed by Acer’s laptops. If you’re not interested in games, Acer’s £500 6530G is much better value; if gaming is important to you, buy Acer’s 6920G instead.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
Processor clock speed 2GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 42x374x246mm
Weight 2.7kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption idle 27W
Power consumption active 55W


Viewable size 16 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 256MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive model Optiarc BC-5500S
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem Yes
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports eSATA (shared with USB socket), 2x minijack audio input, 2x minijack audio output, mini-RF port


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option restore partition, restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £690

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