MSI X340 Slim Core 2 Solo Notebook Review

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With the exception of netbooks, many laptops today are large and heavy and not the most convenient to lug around everywhere, whether you’re heading to class or on a trip.  I know my personal notebook weighs in at 4.5 lbs with battery, which doesn’t seem like much until I’ve added in any papers and books that I need to the carrying case and let all of the excess weight pull at my shoulders for several minutes.  A laptop that doesn’t add a lot of weight to our already burdened loads is just what MSI was going for when they developed the X Slim Series notebooks.  The MSI X340 is not just lightweight (2.86 lbs), but it is also of a very slim and unique design.  It ranges from 0.24″ thick at the front to 0.78″ in the back!  MSI claims that this is “the world’s lightest and slimmest 13″ notebook.”  With the 13″ screen and Core2 Solo processor, one would expect more performance and power than the lightweight laptops that use the Intel Atom processors. At the time of this article, the MSI X340 Slim Notebooks are going for about $699.99, which is a great price for what it offers!

Specifications:

 

 Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 
 LCD  
 Size 13.4″ TFT-LCD Display 

 

 Backlight

 WXGA/ Glare Type
 Resolution  1366×768
 CPU  
 Type  Intel Penryn Core2 Solo SU3500 CULV
 Speed  1.4 GHz
 Front-side Bus  800 MHz
 Cache L2  3MB
 Chipset  Intel GS45+ICH9M-SFF
 Graphic Type  Intel GMA4500MHD
 Audio  

 

 Audio

 Soundblaster Compatible
 Speaker  2 Speakers (1W*2)
 Memory  2GB DDR2 667/800MHz
 HDD  
 HD Capacity  320 GB
 HD Interface  SATA
 Communication  
 LAN  Gigabit Ethernet LAN
 WLAN  Built-in 802.11b/g/n WLAN Card
 Bluetooth  Bluetooth V2.0EDR
 Card Reader  2-in-1 Card Reader, SD/MMC
 Webcam  1.3 MP
 I/O Port  
 USB  USB 2.0 Port x2 or x3, RJ-45
 HDMI  Optional
 Video Port  D-Sub
 Audio Port   Mic-in, Headphone Out
 AC Power Adaptor  Output: 19V DC, 65W / Input: 100~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz Universal
 Battery Pack  4-Cells / 8-Cells (option)
 Physical Spec  
 Dimension  13.0″(L) x 8.82″ (W) x 0.24″-0.78″(H)
 Weight  2.86 lbs (with 4-Cell Battery)
 Accessory  Protection Bag (Optional)
 Manufacturer Warranty  3 Year 

 

CPU-Z

 

CPU-Z CPU

 

Here we see the details about our Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor. Notice that we have one core and one thread; so no HyperThreading on this processor. The specification says this processor is to be run at 1.40GHz. However, the core speed is actually running at 1.6GHz.

 

CPU-Z Memory

 

The included 2GB of RAM is running at 5-5-5-18 timings and in single-channel. While we are not running performance grade memory, the included memory should handle the average usage one would expect from a light and portable laptop that is just a step up from a netbook. However, it would have been nice to see CAS4 memory included given that the price point is pretty much the same for DDR2-800 memory.

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