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There should be an actual rule, not just an unwritten one, that if a manufacturer pitches a new product as a bargain or, in this case, carrying a "friendly price," said company should, oh, maybe disclose that price? We're thinking out loud here, but that seems fair to us. In any event, MSI announced its new generation CR460 notebook, giving us the skinny on the display size, processor, storage, and everything in and around the laptop, that is except the price tag.
So here's what we do know. There will be more than one model of the CR460, but all of them will sport a 14-inch HD (1366x768) LED display. Other options include an Intel Core i3 2310M (2.1GHz, 3MB cache) or i5 2410M (2.3GHz, 3MB cache) processor, DDR3-1333 RAM, Intel HD 3000 graphics, 320GB/500GB/640GB SATA hard drive (5400RPM), DVD reader, multi-card reader, GbE LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 (optional), a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port (optional), HD webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium, and a 6-cell battery.
As for the exterior, the CR460's chassis and palm rest come sheathed in MSI's own color film print with a checkerboard design. You'll also find nickel-plated touchpad keys and a chiclet keyboard. We can only discern so much from the pictures, but from what we can tell, it's an attractive notebook.
MSI says the CR460 is "available now at wallet-friendly prices," and while we couldn't find one listed online (not even in MSI's own web store), as a point of reference, MSI sells a similarly spec'd but larger (15.6 inches) CR640 for $630. Venturing a guess, it's likely the CR460 will check in at around $500 to $550.
Image Credit: MSI