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MSI has now launched the CR650, a 15.6 inch with an AMD E350 APU that has a built in HD 6310 graphics chip. According to MSI, "the CR650 has been designed for demanding users who wish to combine the latest technology and high performance in as elegant and affordable a solution as possible". Sounds good doesn't it? Let's see how it performs in practice. We have been impressed with the improvement in the finish of all the recent MSI PC laptops tested. Unfortunately it seems as if the CR650 might have slipped through the net. Wherever you press down on the chassis it gives and the only area that is firmer is on the sides where MSI has placed the connectivity. This is also the only area - keyboard and touchpad apart - where you can place your fingers without leaving marks. Putting these issues to one side, the keyboard, with separated keys, is otherwise relatively nice to use. The keys are a respectable size overall and are well placed, providing instinctive keying (slightly too responsive for some). Including a number pad - practical if you're entering a lot of figures - has however forced MSI to reduce the size of the Enter and Shift keys.
Netbooks are falling out of vogue for two reasons: the rise of tablets and the fall of prices for laptops with larger displays. Priced at $499, MSI's 15-inch CR650 is the first mainstream notebook powered by AMD's Fusion processor, which combines the CPU and graphics on a single chip to give Intel's Pentium a run for its money. So is the CR650 a good value?The CR650's glossy black lid has a very subtle grid pattern and is flecked with metallic sparkles. Inside, the palm rest is a silver/gray color with the same pattern as on the lid. The gray fades to black when it reaches the island-style keyboard, above which are two speakers flanking dedicated media buttons. Overall, the look is fairly sleek for such a low-cost notebook, but the lid is a fingerprint magnet.Above the keyboard are dedicated media buttons. From left, they are: DVD eject, Screen off, TurboBattery (a utility that helps conserve battery life), a configurable hot key, media player, and power. Dedicated volume controls would have been nice, but the Fn shortcuts work fine.Measuring 15 x 9.8 x 1.25 inches, the CR650 is an average size for a mainstream notebook, as is its weight: 5.4 pounds.