MSI CX620 3D Laptop Review

By on March 17, 2011
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Do we really need 3d?

Good: Slim design, Subtle styling, Decent performance
Bad: Irritating line polarized LCD panel, Bad 3D playback
Price: AED 3,500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

3D was all the rage last year with Sony and Samsung having a massive push for their 3D TV sets; monitor manufacturers brought in their 120Hz panels because when Avatar came out, suddenly 3D was not a gimmick anymore.

Now a traditional 3D panel runs at 120Hz or above, running two images in parallel at 60Hz each, thus the minimum 120Hz requirement. The recently reviewed ASUS G53SW used this technology in their LCD panel in tandem with Nvidia’s 3D vision, the Benq XL2410T also used similar technology. Basically in the world of PC gaming and entertainment, Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology is the most widely adopted tech as far as 3D implementation is concerned. Meanwhile our drawing rooms and bedroom sets are dominated with Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, etc. etc. So when MSI launched their 3D laptop, which uses a line polarized LCD display, I was very intrigued to see how this would work as opposed to traditional stereoscopic 3D panels.

On the outside the MSI CX620 3D looks quite appealing, what with its suave dark brown design pattern and glossy finish, not to mention the rather slim looking design. Inside the CX620 3D packs an Intel Core i5-460M CPU, ATI HD 5470 with 1GB DDR3 graphics adapter, 2GB DDR3 ram and a 320GB HDD. The 15.6″ LCD supports a meager resolution of 1366×768.

Interestingly, all the expansion ports are spread out on the left and back side, with the right side supporting the multi-DVD drive and a single USB 2.0 port. This maybe designed for better ease-of-use for right-handers as the entire right side is left clutter free. Underneath all the panels are accessible for easily upgrading the HDD and ram modules.

On the font are the LED indicators while inside the CX620 3D we’re greeted with a glossy LCD screen and palm rest. The keyboard is thankfully a chicklet styled layout with the speakers neatly tucked at the very top. The only extra buttons apart from the Power button are the dedicated and integrated graphics card buttons which switch between the ATI HD 5470 and Intel GMA.

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