In recent months, many manufacturers have released true-widescreen laptops to great acclaim. MSI is the latest to follow suit with the EX620-207UK, but while its screen and specification are strong, it fails to truly impress.
The chassis uses a look we haven't seen before from MSI. Its patterned lid and palm-rest resembles HP's Imprint designs, and adds style. Weighing 2.6kg, this isn't a laptop for regular travelling and better suits desktop use. This is highlighted by the very low 143-minute battery life.
Home entertainment is the main focus here and the 16:9 aspect ratio of the Super-TFT screen increases width 14 per cent over standard laptop screens. This reduces the intrusive black borders at the top and bottom of the screen when watching widescreen movies.
Nice screen for movies. HDMI output. Subwoofer. Blu-ray reader
Sluggish performance. Limited mobility. Mixed build quality
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375 x 245 x 41
1366 x 768
Graphics memory type
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
No. of USB ports
MS Windows Vista Home Premium