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So far we've already seen quite a few notebook models from MSI this year, but the company is continually updating its line up and the new CX480 follows the CX640 in terms of overall design, but it has a few features of its own. MSI has really started to get the fact that design matters and beyond having managed to put together something that looks attractive, the company will also offer the CX480 in multiple colours and we have some exclusive pictures of the blue model.

So far we've already seen quite a few notebook models from MSI this year, but the company is continually updating its line up and the new CX480 follows the CX640 in terms of overall design, but it has a few features of its own. MSI has really started to get the fact that design matters and beyond having managed to put together something that looks attractive, the company will also offer the CX480 in multiple colours and we have some exclusive pictures of the blue model.

CX480 1 MSIs CX480 notebook features top mounted battery indicator

The CX480 is by all intents and purposes a fairly average 14-inch notebook with a 1366×768 resolution screen, a choice of an Intel Core i3-2310M or Core i5-2410M processor and it should support up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory. That said, MSI has kitted it out with a GeForce GT 520M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 graphics memory and in as much as this is Nvidia's most basic 500-series mobile GPU, it should still prove to be a smidgen faster than Intel's HD 3000 graphics.

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Add to that various storage options, an optical drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, D-sub, a pair of audio jacks, a memory card reader and a webcam and you got a somewhat better than average notebook. However, MSI has added at least one nifty feature, a battery charge indicator located next to the power button. This consists of four green LEDs which will switch off in order and once you hit 10 percent battery life the last LED will start flashing.

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The standard 6-cell 4,400mAh battery is said to be good for up to 8.5h of usage and a one hour charge replenishes 80 percent of the battery power. The screen has an ambient light sensor and it adjusts the screen backlight automatically based on ambient light and there are 16 brightness levels. At 2.2kg the CX480 is somewhat on the chunky side, but still a fairly standard 14-incher. It will be available in black, white and blue as per our pictures. No word on pricing as yet,  but we'd expect it to be slightly cheaper than the CX640 which would put it in the very affordable category.

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Source: MSI