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Jun 3, 2010
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It’s hard to pinpoint the single best choice for a laptop these days. In fact, it’s practically impossible.[firstpara]
But if we were to say our piece, we’d give the MSI CX420 a pretty strong recommendation. It’s not flashy nor will it set any performance records, but it’s still perfectly capable and best of all, it won’t cost you a limb or two.


Surprisingly, this 2.6 kg laptop doesn’t lag behind in terms of looks. Its “cross-hatch color film print” and horizontal-running lines look pretty snazzy, if a bit too trendy for some.

It’s supposed to be scratch-resistant but techie.com.ph reveals that its test unit already had scratches on it.


We love how the black-and-silver color scheme gives the laptop some class. It has a retail price of P35,995, but its looks make it appear more expensive than that.

The laptop’s chiclet keyboard is a plus as well, and makes it easy to type quickly without pressing the wrong keys. Its 14-inch screen sports a 1366 x 768 resolution, practically standard in this particular class.


Appearances aside, the MSI CX420 is a steady performer like the NEO Basic laptop we featured a week ago.

It comes with the Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, and on the hardware side of things, the CX420 is equipped with a 2.13 GHz Intel Core i3 M330 processor, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 500-gigabyte hard drive.

So while the Basic has the more powerful Core i5 processor and an extra GB of RAM, the CX420 does have the more complete OS, and the larger hard drive.


Best of all, the CX420 blows away the Basic’s integrated graphic processor with its ATI Radeon HD 5470 with 1GB RAM graphics card. Essentially, this makes the CX420 a great choice not just for routine tasks but for gaming as well. The laptop even lets you switch off the graphics card when you’ve no need for it, to extend the laptop’s average battery life of 2 hours.


There really isn’t much to it: this CX420 is another worthy laptop competing for your hard-earned money.