MSI has just made the MSI CR640 and CX640 notebooks available for purchase in the U.S. These Sandy Bridge notebooks include NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphics and 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 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.