One of the features MSI is touting for its new CX640MX is a "clutter-free design." Scratching your head? We were too, until we read the description. What MSI means by a clutter-free design is that all of the frequently used slots, like the USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, have been drilled into the left side of the laptop, leaving just the optical drive on the right side. The idea is to remove the clutter of cables from obstructing your use of an external mouse, but MSI seems to have forgotten that left-handed people use PCs, too.
Unapologetic snub aside, it's an interesting concept that, in theory, should work well for right-handers looking for a 15.6-inch Sandy Bridge setup. The CX640MX boasts one of three second generation Core i processors, including a Core i3 2310M (2GHz, 3MB cache), i5 2410M (2.3GHz, 3MB cache), or i7 2630QM (2GHz, 6MB cache).
Other specs include up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, Nvidia GeForce 410M graphics, 320GB/500GB/640GB SATA hard drive, DVD writer (Blu-ray optional), 1.3MP webcam, 7-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (optional), Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 6-cell battery.
No word yet on price or availability.
MSI tells us they've started shipping the U.S. versions this week, including the silver CX640-071US for $680 and the black CR640-035US for $630.