MSI EX620-207UK review

  • £700

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

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


  • Sluggish performance. Limited mobility. Mixed build quality

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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Tech Specs

Dimensions375 x 245 x 41
Display resolution1366 x 768
Display size16
Display typeTFT
Drive speed5400
Graphics memory256
Graphics memory typeATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
HDD capacity320
Installed RAM4096
Memory speed667
Networking featuresGigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
No. of USB ports3
Operating systemMS Windows Vista Home Premium
Optical driveBlu-ray
Processor speed2
Software suppliedUlead Burn.Now