MSI Cont.

MSI’s third generation Mega PC was also on display. The latest Mega PC comes in three flavours – The Mega PC 865 Enhanced is an Intel Pentium 4 solution based on the I865G chipset, while the Mega PC 800-K is an Athlon 64 platform based on the VIA K8M800 chipset. Finally the Mega PC 350 is also an Intel Pentium 4 solution, but this time based on the ATi Radeon 9100 Pro IGP chipset.



All three new Mega PCs finally incorporate the feature that we’ve all been waiting for – instant-on playback. This means that you can playback DVD movies, as well as audio and video on the hard disk without the need to boot up Windows. There’s also an optional 802.11g WiFi adapter that makes the Mega PC an even more compelling media PC platform.

A range of Mega Book notebooks were also on display. I was most taken with the Mega Book S250 which looked suspiciously like an iBook. The S250 comes in both Celeron and Pentium M flavours and has a 12.1in WXGA screen. There’s integrated 802.11g WiFi support as well as a 3-in-1 memory card reader that accepts MMC, SD and MemoryStick media.



The Mega Book S250 definitely looks the part, and after having a short play with it on the MSI stand, it feels well built. MSI has promised me a sample in the next couple of months, so watch this space for a full review.

The latest MSI DVD writer was also on display. The DR12-A2 is a dual layer writer, so you can burn 8.5GB to a DVD+R DL disk. It will also burn single layer DVD+R media at 12-speed, which should give it a significant performance advantage over the current crop of eight-speed drives. That said, with other manufacturers showing off drives that will write DVD+R media at 16-speed, MSI needs to get this unit out sooner rather than later.



Finally, MSI was also showing off a new set of networking products. Most interesting was a broadband router with integrated 802.11g WiFi support and a built-in print server. A device like this could be very useful for the SoHo environment, or even a home environment where there is more than one PC and a shared printer.

 
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