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MSI CX70-I740M281W7H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of MSI CX70-I740M281W7H. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the price. The design also gets good feedback, but many are negative about the keyboard and touchpad.

performance, design, price

screen, size, touchpad, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the MSI CX70-I740M281W7H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Sascha Mölck (notebookcheck.net)

Review MSI CX70-i740M281W7H Notebook

 

Haswell Update. With the CX70, MSI offers a 17.3-inch notebook fo

Good application performance; Good gaming performance; Matte screen; 24-month warranty; Lots of storage space; Lower energy consumption than the predecessor

The display has low contrast and a blue tint; The touchpad, measuring 7.4 x 4.2 cm, is unusually small for a 17.3-inch notebook; Unusual keyboard layout. Some keys are in the wrong place.; The video memory is attached to just 64-bit bus width

Despite the Haswell processor and GeForce GT 740M GPU, the CX70 cannot set itself apart from its predecessor in the application and gaming tests and even has slightly lower results. But you could also put in a positive comment - the CX70 reaches the...

Aug, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / SRS TruSurround XT
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4400
Battery performance:4400
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:17.3
Display Resolution:1600 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:90

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600

Keyboard

Built-in touchpad: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:102 / 103
Keyboard type:QWERTZ
Number of hot keys:6
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:HD / SRS TruSurround XT

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:90

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM86
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM86
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-4200M / i7-4702MQ / i7-4712MQ
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.3 / 2.5
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4200M / i7-4702MQ / i7-4712MQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Processor socket:PGA946
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75119 / 76348 / 78933
Processor code:SR15J / SR1HA / SR1PS
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office 2010 Starter

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDIO, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.6
Height:1.54
Weight:5.95 / 6.39
Width:16.5