MSI MegaBook S425
MSI is a new player on the notebook market, but it has made great progress in a very short while. The company’s model range is now comparable to that of a long-established brand, it’s simpler to say what MSI does not offer. It doesn’t offer a sub-compact model with a screen diagonal of 10” or smaller and it doesn’t transformers – that’s about all. Other market niches have a model from MSI. The MegaBook S425 is a new notebook which perfectly meets the requirements of this review and is also one of the most originally designed models here. The developers seem to have taken all the existing design ideas and mixed them up to produce the following:
When opened, the S425 resembles LG’s T1 – the same pearl-white plastic is here, even around the screen. But when the notebook is closed, it doesn’t look at all like the LG with its black stylish coloring and reasonable minimalism in details:
I can put up with the red color of the lid, especially as there are other color schemes available, but the round insert in the center looks too obtrusive to me. It is also thick which doesn’t make it look any better:
The same logotype looks more appropriate on the L7xx series of desktop replacement notebooks with a screen diagonal of 17” because the notebook itself is larger. Here, the logotype is too big. Well, you may like it if you are fond of visual effects – the letters MSI are highlighted.
A characteristic feature of all notebooks from MSI is that they have audio connectors on the front panel:
These are headphones, microphone and line-in sockets.
Again, I don’t think it’s a proper place for them, but there must be some reason for the company’s engineers to place audio connectors on the front panel. Next to them, a card-reader is located:
The S425 is the second notebook in this review that supports xD in addition to the standard selection of card formats.
The notebook status indicators are designed as icons on a matte strip:
Some of them have copies on the front panel so that you could figure everything out when the lid is closed.