MSI's refreshed C-Series laptops appear to be quite boxy, but that may just be the sacrifice you make to own a seriously affordable Core i3 and i5 machine. The 15.6-inch CR620 models -- which include the CR620-030, CR620-033 and CR620-031 -- range from $650 to $750, and pack new Core i3 or Core i5 processors, Windows 7 Home Premium and six-cell batteries. Those wanting to spend even less have the $529 16-inch CR600, but despite its NVIDIA GeForce 8200M graphics it only has a Pentium Dual Core CPU. We had to do some digging of our own to see just how good these deals could be, and discovered that the CR620-33 with a 2.13GHz Core i3 330M processor, 4GB of RAM and a Blu-ray drive is only $699 at NewEgg. Yeah, we just said $699. If you're not looking at the gallery or the press release below, we'll assume you went shopping.
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MSI North America Announces the Availability of Four New Powerful Classic Series Notebooks
Posted on: 16 February 2010

The three 15.6-inch and one 16-inch start at just $529.99 and all feature Windows 7 and HD displays

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – February 16, 2010 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is proud to announce the availability of four new additions to its Classic-Series notebook line. The 16-inch CR600 and 15.6 inch CR620-030, CR620-033 and CR620-031 all feature the Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System and HD displays to deliver amazing performance in a stylish notebook.

The CR620 models are all built on Intel's Arrandale platform and feature new Core i3 or Core i5 processors. The notebooks' powerful image processing cores are capable of transmitting HD images and combine with backlit 16:9 cinematic HD displays (1366 x 768) to offer the ultimate viewing experience. Each of the three model features 4GB of DDR 3 memory, either a 320 or 500GB hard drive and the CR620-033 comes with a Blu-ray DVD combo drive. MSI also upgrade all of the CR620 models with a raised chiclet keyboard for grater accuracy and comfort while typing.

The CR600 features the NVIDIA's GeForce 8200M, and like the other Classic models, is loaded with an 802.11 b/g/draft n high speed wireless connection, an HDMI out port and a built-in 1.3MP webcam with MSI's Easy Image Recording tools.

The new C-Series notebooks also all feature a minimalist design that includes a sharp 45 degree angled-edge, which elegantly positions the side I/O ports and heat vents. The models' 6-cell batteries sit flush against bottom of the case to create a smooth curved design. MSI coupled the new Classic notebooks' flowing footprint with its Color Film Print Technology to create a fashionable line of notebooks that are sure to turn heads.

The new Classic notebooks start at just $529.99 and are available now at Newegg.

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