MSI EX620-207UK

A well-specified and feature-packed HD compatible laptop, but performance is low

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.

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MusicRadar Rating

3.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Nice screen for movies. HDMI output. Subwoofer. Blu-ray reader

Cons

Sluggish performance. Limited mobility. Mixed build quality

Dimensions

375 x 245 x 41

Display resolution

1366 x 768

Display size

16

Display type

TFT

Drive speed

5400

Graphics memory

256

Graphics memory type

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470

HDD capacity

320

Installed RAM

4096

Memory speed

667

Networking features

Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)

No. of USB ports

3

Operating system

MS Windows Vista Home Premium

Optical drive

Blu-ray

Processor speed

2

RAM type

DDR2 SDRAM

Software supplied

Ulead Burn.Now

Weight

2.7

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