Pros

  • Superfast, great for gaming
  • Fantastic speakers--loud, crisp, clear

Cons

  • Screen is not very bright
  • Battery life is short, and power block is heavy

At A Glance

This portable gaming notebook is speedy and affordable, and it has great speakers--all of which pretty much make up for the loud fan and the not-so-bright screen.

Manufacturer’s Description

Not Available

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.msicomputer.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5-430M
Processor speed 2270.0 MHz
Display
Display size 15.4 inches
Resolution 1680 x 1050 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Drive Controllers Serial ATA II
Other storage
  • Express Card 54
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick PRO
  • MultiMedia Card (MMC)
  • SD Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
General Information
UPC Code 816909069983
Battery
Battery Type Lithium ion
Standard Number of Batteries 1.0
Number of Included Batteries 1.0
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Available Interfaces HDMI
Memory Stick PRO 1.0
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Slots
  • Express Card 54
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick PRO
  • MultiMedia Card (MMC)
  • SD Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
PC Card Slots 0
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 14.1 inches
Depth 11.0 inches
Height 1.7 inches
Weight 6.5 pounds
Weight with Accessories 8.1 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
SD card Yes
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software Adobe Reader 9; ArcSoft Connect, Magic-i Visual Effects 2, Print Creations; WebCam Companion 3; Microsoft Works; WinRAR
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 105.0
Battery
Battery Life 2:16   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 291.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 347.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 212.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 427.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 329.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 452.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 233.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 306.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 194.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 102.34   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 98.96   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 74.88   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 72.79   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 73.43   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 61.22   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 340.0