MSI throws Blu-ray, Core i3 in a laptop for $699

Mainstream Blu-ray laptops just got a little cheaper, and with a new Intel Core i3 processor to boot.

Budget HD: the MSI CR620 MSI

Introducing Intel Core i3 and i5 processors in a laptop is hardly surprising news anymore, but affordable notebook computing--well, that's another story. MSI tends to be on the bleeding edge of the cheap notebook spectrum, and the company's recent announcement of updated Classic laptops offers a few eye-openers. The entire line of C-Series 15.6-inch Core i3 and i5 laptops starts at $649, and there's even a config that includes Blu-ray and a Core i3 for $699; MSI claims the CR620-033US is $729, but Newegg does that price $30 better.

All MSI CR-620 models include Windows 7 Home Premium, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, have at least 320GB hard drives, and have 15.6-inch screens with 1,366x768-pixel resolution--not full HD, but at this price, close enough.

Does this begin to permanently change the Blu-ray laptop landscape, and expectations for laptop prices in general? To get a closer look at the rather boxy laptop, check out some photos below.

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired,, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.


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