Pros

  • Discrete graphics card.
  • Great trackpad.

Cons

  • Not powerful enough for high-intensity gaming.
  • No optical drive.

At A Glance

The MSI X420 packs a lot into a pretty package. While it's not quite a gaming notebook, it delivers some great high-def video.

Manufacturer’s Description

Not Available

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.msicomputer.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number X420004US
Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 1300.0 MHz
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 14.0 inches
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
General Information
UPC Code 816909070675
Ports and Connections
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • eSATA
Firewire 0
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n/b/g
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1066.0 MHz
Memory max 4.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 13.8 inches
Depth 9.3 inches
Height 1.5 inches
Weight 4.5 pounds
Weight with Accessories 5.3 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software ArcSoft: Magic-i Visual Effects 2, Print Creations, WebCam Companion 3; MSI: BurnRecovery, EasyFace Logon, S-Bar Utilities; WinRAR
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 68.0
Battery
Battery Life 6:21   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 481.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 453.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 371.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 659.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 495.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 1153.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 360.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 413.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 317.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 47.01   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 41.05   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 31.36   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 29.98   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 15.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 11.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 28.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 23.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 34.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 26.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 564.0