Early this year, Intel came up with a new system for naming their latest processors. With plans to phase out the "Core 2" moniker and replace it with the "Core i", they now have three ranges of processors for desktops and laptops. The low-end is called the Core i3, the mid range consists of the Core i5 and the high-end one is going to be called Core i7. The MSI CR620 is the first laptop we've received with the Core i3 processor. Other than that it seems to be a typical 15-inch desktop replacement model. Along with the laptop, let's see how better the Core i3 is in terms of performance and power saving.
Design and Build
The MSI CR620 has standard looks. The combination of horizontal lines on the lid and the palm rest make its identity unique. The build quality is pretty decent. The screen hinge offers good resistance. However, the glossy top accumulates finger smudges easily. At almost 2.5 kilos, its not too overweight for a 15-incher, but can't be considered lightweight either. It's not too bulky and can be carried around easily. The glossy screen offers good clarity and high brightness. HD movies looked good on it. It has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which isn't the crispiest, but at least it makes the fonts look adequately big. The webcam delivers good clarity and a speedy frame rate. There is a speaker-strip below the screen that delivers average quality audio. Also, when the volume was bumped up to max there was some jarring in the audio.
Like the MSI X350, we have a chiclet style keyboard where each square-shaped key has equal spacing and proportion. They've also fitted a numeric pad next on the QWERTY keyboard. The keys have good tactility, but there were times when we felt the QWERTY part was aligned a little too much to the left, thus putting a slight strain on the left hand. However, it's not a deal breaker. The touch-pad has a smooth material and offers good response. It's not multi-touch, but the side-scrolling strip works as expected. The right-left click buttons are disappointingly hard to click though.