Senior Friendly Features
Senior Friendly Features
Notebook Type :
Thin-and-light (3-5 lbs.)
Screen Size :
16 - 17 in
You can now add one more device to the growing list of products that will utilize those 3D glasses you bought for your new TV. Taiwan-based computer electronics company MSI (Micro-Star International) recently jumped into the 3D Notebook game with the addition of the CX620 3D to its Classic Series lineup of laptop computers, providing the traditional features you’d expect in a laptop while incorporating the means with which to enjoy the ever-expanding array of available 3D content.
The current product listing on MSI’s website boasts the CX620 3D’s specs as including an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, a 15.6-inch, 16:9 cinema-class HD LED backlit display, a 1GB ATi Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics card and up to 8GB of RAM and 640GB of hard drive space. Additionally you’ll find the standard 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity capabilities, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB/eSATA combo, 1 express card and 4-in-1 card reader, a 1.3 megapixel webcam as well as VGA and HDMI outputs for displaying HD images on a TV or projector.
The are three display modes associated with the CX620 3D. First, there is the standard 2D mode the same as any other notebook computer, and then the last two modes having to do with 3D presentation – a mode for native 3D content, and a mode for converting 2D images into 3D.
The optical drive is described as a DVD super multi-drive with no mention of Blu-Ray support which seems strange considering the format’s abundance of newly released 3D films. One would imagine the optical drive of laptop with a high-definition 3D display would accommodate one of the largest avenues for 3D content available today, but it’s unclear whether or not that is the case. A quick search shows other MSI laptops with Blu-Ray options included so for their one 3D model to be without one is quite the puzzler.
As far as the apparency of senior-friendly features goes, at approximately 1.4-inches thick and weighing around 5.5 pounds, it’s fairly slim and lightweight compared to laptops with similar specifications. The 15.6-inch HD display should be sufficiently large and clear enough, but don’t expect the added aid of a matte-finish. The keyboard is a full-sized, “chiclet” style keyboard (similar to current Apple keyboard models), likely without backlighting as there is no mention of it in the supplied description. and looking at MSI’s available photos, the touchpad appears to be slightly smaller than average.
Any number of inclusions or omissions could change though since as of this writing, final specs, pricing and official shipping dates have yet to be announced.