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MSI CX640 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £630
inc VAT

A fast processor can't make up for the CX640's poor keyboard and terrible touchpad, and build quality isn't the best either.


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.6kg, 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

We’ve reserved our deepest ire for the touchpad. Instead of a smooth, uniform surface for your finger to glide over, the CX640’s has concentric, etched circles. This means that when you try and move your finger left-to-right, it’s guided instead by the grooves to follow a semi-circular motion. To cap it all off, there’s a single, stiff see-saw button underneath with a huge dead spot at its centre.

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There’s more: the screen’s backlight was dull and uneven, with a blue cast that dulled flesh tones, and images looked washed out. Vertical viewing angles were fussy and, coupled with a reflective glossy finish, it can be tricky to find an angle that gives the best picture.

MSI CX640 Ports

The CX640 does have some redeeming features. For example, it has four USB ports, two of which are USB3. Although you won’t want to lug its 2.6kg weight too far, a battery life of almost five-and-a-half hours is impressive for a 15.6in laptop.

However, you can’t escape the poor touchpad and keyboard. If you need better performance than the Dell Inspiron 15R delivers, it’s worth spending more on the Asus N53S or the Lenovo ThinkPad L520. Otherwise, the 15R is a better choice for £150 less.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-2410M
Processor clock speed2.3GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
SoundConexant SmartAudio HD
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GT 520M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory1,024MB


Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11b/g/n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter
Optional extrasNone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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