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The MSi GT640 is an Intel Calpella-based notebook released by MSi in late 2009.

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Pros

high quality aluminum enclosure

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respectable 16:10 display resolution of 1680 x 1050px

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two year warranty

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full number pad

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2MP webcam

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HDMI output

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Comes with Windows 7

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powerful components - Core i7 processor, DDR3 memory, GeForce GTS 250

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attractive aesthetic

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Cons

claim of 'most powerful gaming laptop in the world' is dumb, and obviously not true

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poor for mobile computing - like most gaming laptops it will have poor battery life, heavy weight

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number pad offsets the keyboard and trackpad - not centered

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According to Intel (and me, fwiw), this isn't a gaming laptop. My experience was that it performed nicely as an entertainment laptop. The CPU - even with Intel's Turbo - is fairly punk for a gaming lappy; moreover, it's a weirdly configured lappy, full-stop. This lowest end i7 mobile chip runs about $375 and the Nvidia mobile card - far from Nvidia or ATi's better, current gen mobile cards - runs about $175, so we're really paying a lot more for "new and trendy" than we are for a seriously great gaming laptop. You can take a look at this laptop from Dell, HP, Acer, Clevo, etc and you'll see that they all are waiting until they can ship Win7 pre-installed. Until then, they're carrying small inventories of their Vista-based versions of MSI's GT640 with the "free upgrade" lol. No one's carrying this precise CPU / GPU combination but I could come close (much better card GTX 280M, everything else the same) and it was priced at about $1,400.00. There's "too much newness" for my taste in the GT640 from the operating system to the CPU, no matter the price. Whichever OEMs rush to offer this system are offering a large premium for newness - not so much quality or value - in their price of the lappy that's equal to or very similar to to MSI's GT640. I'd wait until at least early 2010 to shop for this lappy or similar. The MSI GT640 I trialed was up against a 1+ y/o ASUS G Series G51VX-X1A NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm NVIDIA GTX260M 1G DDR3, which blew the MSI away on FO3. Happy Shopping! -K:)

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According to Intel (and me, fwiw), this isn't a gaming laptop. My experience was that it performed nicely as an entertainment laptop. The CPU - even with Intel's Turbo - is fairly punk for a gaming lappy; moreover, it's a weirdly configured lappy, full-stop. This lowest end i7 mobile chip runs about $375 and the Nvidia mobile card - far from Nvidia or ATi's better, current gen mobile cards - runs about $175, so we're really paying a lot more for "new and trendy" than we are for a seriously great gaming laptop. You can take a look at this laptop from Dell, HP, Acer, Clevo, etc and you'll see that they all are waiting until they can ship Win7 pre-installed. Until then, they're carrying small inventories of their Vista-based versions of MSI's GT640 with the "free upgrade" lol. No one's carrying this precise CPU / GPU combination but I could come close (much better card GTX 280M, everything else the same) and it was priced at about $1,400.00. There's "too much newness" for my taste in the GT640 from the operating system to the CPU, no matter the price. Whichever OEMs rush to offer this system are offering a large premium for newness - not so much quality or value - in their price of the lappy that's equal to or very similar to to MSI's GT640. I'd wait until at least early 2010 to shop for this lappy or similar. The MSI GT640 I trialed was up against a 2 y/o ASUS ASUS G Series G51VX-X1A NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M - Retail Built in the latest NVIDIA graphic card GTX260M 1G DDR3

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The MSi GT640 is an Intel Calpella-based notebook released by MSi in late 2009. It was touted as the worlds most advanced gaming notebook upon its release, as it combined the recently released Intel Core i7 processor with Window’s latest operating system Windows 7. Included also is a large 15.4” (1680x1050) monitor, an nVidia GeForce GTS 250 graphics card, and 7.1-channel audio. And what with the GT640’s additional multimedia features — including a built-in DVD player and HDMI output — the MSi GT640 is essentially a full-fledged entertainment machine easily capable of processing and/or transmitting both high-definition video and audio content. And it doesn't disappoint on the outside either, as it incorporates a sophisticated aluminum alloy construction with a colorful brushed metal texturing.

Additional Information

The MSi GT640 also features  MSI’s proprietary ECO Engine, an innovative power-saving solution that automatically customizes the notebook’s power settings to suit the user’s precise needs. Additional features include up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 500GB of storage space; a 2MP webcam; 802.11b/g/n connectivity; and an eSATA input.

Features
  • Calpella-based Notebook
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
  • Windows 7 OS
  • DDR3 RAM
  • SATA HDD
  • nVidia GeForce GTS 250
  • Digital/Analog 7.1-Channel Audio
  • HDMI Output
  • Integrated DVD Player (BD Optional)
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Optional)
  • 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • LAN/WiFi Connectivity
Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • OS: Windows 7 Home
  • Chipset: Intel PM55
  • Memory: DDR3 1066/1333MHz, 2 slots, 4GB Max
  • LCD: 15.4” TFT-LCD
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTS 250M, 1GB DDR3 VRAM
  • Audio: 2 HD Speakers
  • HDD: 250/320/500GB SATA
  • Optical: DVD Super Multi
  • Webcam: 2.0M
  • Card Reader: 4-in-1, XD/SD/MMC/MS
  • Communication: Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/n
  • Keyboard: 103 keys
  • Battery: 6/9 cells
Inputs/Outputs
  • VGA Output (15-pin, D-Sub) x1
  • USB 2.0 x2
  • Mic-in Port x1
  • Headphone Out x1
  • Modem Port x1
  • LAN Port x1
  • PCI Express Card x1
  • eSATA (USB Combo) x1
  • HDMI x1
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