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MSI CR650 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £430
inc VAT


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.3kg, 1.6GHz AMD E-350, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The keyboard is reasonably firm, and the keys have a distinct bite that provides excellent feedback for touch-typists. There’s a numberpad to the right with four columns of keys; our only complaint is that the main keyboard’s Enter key isn’t double-height. The touchpad has a textured surface and was very responsive, but the single see-saw button is positioned away from the edge of the case where your thumb naturally rests.

MSI CR650 keyboard

One surprise was the quality of the speakers. They aren’t particularly loud, but have a well-rounded sound that’s good enough for watching catch-up TV or even a movie. We wouldn’t say there was a lot of bass, but it’s much better than the average laptop. If you wanted to hook the CR650 up to a surround-sound system, you’ll need an AV amplifier with an HDMI input, as the only other output is a 3.5mm headphone minijack.

A 500GB hard disk and seven-hour battery life are other benefits, but at 2.3kg this isn’t the lightest laptop to lug around with you. MSI’s two-year collect-and-return warranty is great considering the low price, but it can’t make up for the poor performance. For the same money, the Core i3-equipped Packard Bell EasyNote NS44-HR-033UK is better value.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD E-350
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 383x250x38mm
Weight 2.3kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 6310
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 500GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, Memory Stick
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £430

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