MSI and HP reveal spiffy new laptops - MSI

MSI today announced the launch of three new members to its Classic C series of laptops, the CX500DX, CX620MX and CX420MX.

The CX500DX is aimed at performance, with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The CX630MX and CX420MX are aimed at "mobile multimedia and smart multitasking" and feature Intel Core i3 processors. All three models will have ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v (DDR3 512MB VRAM) discrete graphics cards.

The  CX500DX and CX620MX will have a 15.6-inch HD 1366x768 screen, while the CX420MX will have a slightly smaller 14-inch 1366x768 WXGA screen. Hard drive space can be from 250GB to 500GB.

Connectivity wise both the CX630MX and CX420MX will feature 802.11 b/g/Draft N wireless and Bluetooth V2.1 connections, while the CX500DX won't have Bluetooth.. They will also have a D-sub port and three USB 2.0 ports, with the MX models sporting HDMI as well. The CX620MX also has an e-SATA port.

The new models will feature GPU Boost and ECO Engine power saving technology to reduce power consumption and maximise battery life. They will also have a 1.3 megapixel webcam.

A release date and price have yet to be announced.

CX500DX

CX620MX

CX420MX

Hewlett-Packard has also added to the laptop market with its HP Envy 17.

It features an Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost, 4GB of DD3 RAM, and 320GB of hard drive space. Options for improvement allow you to choose a Core i7, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 1TB of hard drive space.

Unfortunately the six-cell battery delivers a meagre 2.5 hours, which means you won't be taking this laptop very far. A nine-cell version is available that will up the battery life to 3.75 hours, which is still rather poor for this day and age.

The HP Envy 17 is on sale now with a starting price of $1,399.99.

HP Envy 17