The notebook sports two extra stickers:
One sticker indicates a discrete graphics adapter, NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200 TC. The choice is strange because this core is below the average level as mobile graphics go, and it is TC, too! I don’t think this adapter is any better than an integrated graphics core – you can’t play new 3D games normally on either. The second sticker reports that the S425 is equipped with a new-generation HD audio codec and supports such technologies as Dolby Headphones, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro Logic II, and Dolby Digital Live. I guess a mobile user may only be interested in Dolby Headphones mode among all of this. The rest is virtually useless due to obvious reasons. Even putting the problem of speakers aside, the new HD Audio is inferior even to entry-level hi-fi equipment in quality. You shouldn’t expect much from it whereas stereo mode without any virtualization should be enough for decent headphones.
The display has good viewing angles, a now-fashionable glass matrix, high maximum brightness, and a good color reproduction and matrix response time. The backlighting isn’t uniform, but that’s not very conspicuous. All in all, the MSI S425 has one of the best displays among the notebooks tested in this review.
Here’s how MSI designs the bottom panel of its notebooks:
One cover for the hard drive compartment and another, larger one for the rest of the components (memory, CPU, wireless adapter, etc).
The battery isn’t the biggest in this test…
…but its parameters are not worse than the other batteries’.
The power adapter is small, too.
And it comes with a normal, two-wire cable.
You will find this mouse among the notebook’s accessories…
…and a napkin to clean the display. A funny thing about this display: on the cloth between the screen and keyboard which I at first regarded as an ordinary detail of packaging for the purpose of transportation there was a text like “always put this material in to avoid the keyboard scratching the screen when you close the lid.” Instead of just making the keyboard a bit sunken in (the MSI S425 is not the thinnest notebook in this review, by the way), they ask you to put some damping material on it! :)