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thanks to MsI’s switch to AMD’s Fusion
processor, the latest X-slim X370 sports
a lower price ($749 with eight-cell bat-
tery) than its $999 predecessor. Plus, the
newer version promises beefier graphics
and even longer endurance. sounds like
a steal on paper, but is this ultraportable
machine really a bargain?
slim and stylish, the MsI X370’s
top lid is a glossy black plastic with a
honeycomb pattern. the undercarriage
is made from a single sheet of sturdy
midnight black plastic. We especially
like the ridge-textured palm rest.
the island-style keyboard offers firm
tactile feedback. We wish the right back-
space, enter, and shift keys were larger.
but, we had no trouble scrolling with two
fingers using the X370’s spacious 3.5 x
the 1.3 -megapixel webcam captured
decent video despite the need to adjust the
settings to correct
the X370 fea-
tures a 13.4-inch
display (1366 x
768 pixels) that’s
crisp and bright.
thanks to sRs
the audio really
guitars, and vocals
in the Queens of
the stone Age’s
“3’s and 7’s” were
loud, clear, and
the MsI X370 uses AMD’s new Fusion
APU, which combines the dual-core 1.6 -
GHz AMD e-350 CPU on the same chip
as the Radeon HD 6310 graphics. the
X370 notched a PCMark Vantage score
that’s more than 1,300 points below
the ultraportable average. but this MsI
bests other Fusion systems such as the
HP Pavilion dm1z (2,198), which has the
taking nearly a minute longer than most
MSI’s X-Slim X370 delivers style, graphics punch, and long battery life for a reasonable price.
CPU: 1.6 -GHz AMD e350 Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium RAM/Expand-
able to: 4Gb/4Gb Hard Drive Size/Speed:
500Gb/7,200 rpm Display Size/Resolution:
13.4 inches/1366 x 768 Graphics/Video
Memory: AtI Radeon HD 6310/384Mb Wire-
less: 802.11b/g/n Ports: two Usb 2.0 , HDMI ,
ethernet, VGA, headphone, mic, kensington
lock slot Card Slots: 2-in-1 memory card
reader Size: 13 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches Weight:
3.4 pounds Warranty:one-year limited/24/7
toll-free phone, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon.- Fri.
solid performance and graphics
More than 8 hours of battery life
Impressive sRs sound
nice textured finish
Chintzy mouse button
short endurance with four-cell battery
phone support from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
At $600 less than the 13-inch Macbook
Air, the MsI X370 is a budget-friendly alter-
native to that machine for those looking
for an ultraportable that lasts a long time
on a charge. the MsI is considerably less
expensive than its predecessor, and offers
better performance and battery life. Just
make sure you get the eight-cell battery.
— kenneth butler
PCMark Vantage 2,509 3,805
3DMark06 2,260 1,4 89
test (h:m) 7:54
test (Mbps) 24.5
* Lower is better
ultraportables to transcode a 5-minute
114Mb MPeG4 video to AVI, the MsI tied
with the sony VAIo Yb on this test.
the 500Gb, 7,200-rpm hard drive
in the X370 moved a 4.97Gb folder of
multimedia files at a rate of 24.5 Mbps.
that is not as speedy as we’d expect for
this class of machine, but the Fusion-
powered dm1z pulled in a far slower
transfer rate of 18.4 Mbps.
the AMD Radeon HD 6310
graphics inside the
erage score of
2,260 on 3DMark06. It
creams its predecessor’s score of
699. the HP dm1z (2,217) is in the same
ballpark as MsI’s ultraportable.
In World of Warcraft, the MsI X370
achieved a barely playable 26 frames
per second using the recommended
settings. With special effects
maximized, it dropped to just
12 fps. though those rates
aren’t up to the category
average of 43 and 13 fps, the
MsI X370 compares favorably
to the dm1z (24/13 fps).
With its four-cell battery,
the MsI X370 lasted just 3
hours and 13 minutes. that’s
why we consider the eight-
cell battery a necessity. We
saw a long 7 hours and 54
minutes on a charge, about
2.5 hours longer than most
ultraportables. the previous
Intel-powered X350 turned in
a runtime of 7:05, while the
HP dm1z lasted a shorter 6:37.
the X370’s 802.11n Wi-Fi radio delivered
middle-of-the-pack data rates at 15 and
50 feet from the router.
A star logo at the top center of the
X370’s desktop screen expands to reveal
the s bar, a dock that houses shortcuts
to frequently used programs.
Unfortunately, MsI has pared down
its warranty from a three-year limited
to a one-year limited that includes free
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