MSI has just made the MSI CR640 and CX640 notebooksÂ availableÂ for purchase in the U.S. These Sandy Bridge notebooks include NVIDIA OptimusÂ switchableÂ graphics and Â many of the latest notebook features in a package that starts at just over $600.
Both the MSI CR640 and the CX640 come with a 2.1GHz Intel 2nd Gen Core i3 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The 15.6″ display has a 1366 x 768 resolution with a built in 1.3MP webcam. The notebooks have SRS audio for enhanced surround sound.
What sets these notebooks apart, internally, is the inclusion of a NVIDIA GeForce GT520M GPU with 1GB Video RAM on the MSI CX640. The GPU used in the CX640 includes NVIDIA Optimus technology for smart switching between the Â powerful NVIDIA graphics and the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics.
Both the MIS CR640 and CX640 come with a host of additional features to increase your usability and protect your data.
- 2 USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfers.
- MSI TimeStamp for one touch backups.
- Extra hard drive protection (Drive is in the middle of the notebook in a special housing).
- Fast Boot – Claims a 2x speed boost in booting up over standard notebook.
- Automatic backlight adjustment (sensor will dim or brighten the display according to your surroundings)
These notebooks have a lot of new features that will be handy in a student or home use setting. The CX640, with it’s powerful GPU, will be a good fit for users who want to play games or enjoy multimedia. The CR640 is more tuned for a home user that wants faster speeds and the extra data protection.
Both the MSI CR640 and CX640 are available for purchase today starting at $629.99 and $679.99 respectively.