Austria meets Taiwan for luxury laptop

Crystal-studded notebook adds brawn to beauty

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It's not often that you see a product pitched as "the fusion of Austrian beauty and Taiwanese innovation." On second thought, make that never. But it's a surprisingly accurate description of MSI's new Crystal Collection of laptops.

Unlike other jewel-laden computers, MSI's maiden Crystal model M677 seems to pay as much attention to its function as its form. provides the details: "It incorporates 15.4-inch widescreen, AMD Turion 64 X2 processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, 5400rpm hard drive and a DVD burner. MSI Crystal M677 is equipped with NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics card, 802.11 b/g wireless and Bluetooth. In addition, MSI Crystal M677 has a 1.3-megapixel camera and an independent numeric keypad."

Performance aside, we were just shocked to learn that it was possible for a computer to be made with crystals that didn't come from Swarovski.

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