Once again, this all adds up to a Hardware. Unfortunately, day-to-day usability is flawed, but not enough to pose a major problem. Video Output Graphics Processor. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Click to enlarge With that panel out of the way, you can see the relatively large heatsink, heatpipe, and fan assembly that cools the processor, chipset, and some of the voltage regulators.

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MSI MegaBook S | TechRadar

Our overall impression of the RALINK wireless networking card is lackluster at best, and we also discovered at one point when the card was working that the latest drivers had a severe memory leak.

Click to enlarge When you got all that done, it’s pretty easy to remove the old processor and install a new processor. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. The screen is a Simply put, if you want to run any games other than solitaire, minesweeper, or other casual gaming titles, you will quickly find the included graphics to be unsatisfactory.

With graphics provided by an integrated chip from ATi, 3D performance is limited. Click to enlarge The very first recommendation we have for anyone considering this laptop or any dual core laptop for that matter is to get at least 1GB of memory, and if you really expect to make use of the multitasking capabilities of the dual core processor going with 2GB of RAM is a good idea, especially with Windows Vista on the horizon.

Its minute battery life is quite good, but falls below the three-hour average we expect from modern laptops, largely due to the use of Windows Vista. This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a inch display-diagonal. However, its poor usability and low power limit it, so it’s worth having a hands-on look before buying. Specifications Test results Reviews.


Lenovo’s top 2-in-1 perfected Lenovo’s top 2-in-1 perfected by Joshua Goldman. One of the major problems we have with the basic configuration is the amount of memory included. In Conclusion As with most other systems, Audio Output Compliant Standards. The shape reminds us a lot of the Apple Powerbook and we’re wirleess that was the look MSI was going for. The x pixel resolution mai it possible to work with up to four windows simultaneously.

MSI lists the weight as 4. So, details like letters are bigger. This is secured by one more screw on the bottom rear of the chassis and seven screws on the top of the panel.

MSI S271 Notebook Windows XP, Vista Drivers, Applications, Manuals

We have used other laptops that also include bottom panel access to the mini-PCI slot, and it certainly seems that there are better locations than MSI chose, although it is also possible that we just got a flaky wireless networking card in our review unit.

Battery life depends greatly on what you’re using the S for and whether you have wireless on or off. Here’s an overview of the basic features. Unfortunately, it seemed every time we opened the case wirelss was a good chance that the wireless qireless would fail, and eventually we reached the point where wireles were unable to get the wireless adapter to function anymore.

If you want to add memory, you will have to pop the hood, and as with most laptops this requires removing several screws — six to be exact.

Click to enlarge Here’s a quick shot of all the pieces you will have won the system is completely disassembled.

MSI Megabook S271 – Review

Once you have all the screws removed, you have to pry up mei plastic sides in a manner similar to how you first open the case, and then slide the panel up and out. We don’t have a similar laptop using Intel integrated graphics available, but we have previous results that show the ATI graphics are actually faster than most of Intel’s current offerings; however, the difference between extremely sluggish 3D performance and very sluggish 3D performance isn’t anything to worry about.



As mwgabook started work on this laptop, it soon became clear that this chipset codenamed RSM bears more than a passing resemblance to its predecessor, the Radeon XPress M. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.

Even with the upgraded processor and memory, there’s still at least one area where this laptop is glaringly deficient in terms of performance. Not direless lot of other brands manage to deliver a 12 inch notebook at this price level.

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If you are working on a flat surface, you don’t actually need to detach the ribbon cable, which is one less step to worry about if all you’re d271 to do is upgrade memory or hard drive.

MSI’s notebook range is expanding rapidly. Internals and Construction We mentioned that the system we originally received was essentially the base model, and since we really wanted to look at Turion X2 performance potential we had to perform some upgrades.