MSI X-Slim X340
SpecificationsNotebook: MSI X-Slim X340
Processor: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.4 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 900 euro
Average of 5 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI X-Slim X340
Light, slim, aesthetic. - that is how MSI promotes their X-Slim series. The X-Slim X340 in the test is, conclusively, a very slim, fairly light 13-4 inch subnotebook. The use of an Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor and integrated GMA 4500 HD graphic chip shows its orientation on mobile computing. If the X340 can fulfill these requirements without limitation is clarified in the following test.
In the world of notebooks, Apple is an indisputable trend setter. Case in point, the 13-inch Averatec N3400 that we recently reviewed had an aluminum outer shell, while the Acer Timeline 4810T used island-style keys like those found on MacBooks. At the end of the day, the X340 isn't a bad notebook but there are better options in the same category. For around $50 to $100 less, the Acer Timeline 4810T provides the same processing power and hard drive size, an extra 2GB of DDR3 memory, a larger screen, a much better keyboard, better battery life and an internal optical drive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2009
Rating: mobility: 90%
Source: Minitechnet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 60% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 60%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 60% features: 98% display: 80% mobility: 82% workmanship: 84%
Source: Magnus.de DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 62% display: 74% mobility: 84% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 77% emissions: 82%
Source: Hardware.info NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/06/2009
Rating: price: 40%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
SU3500: Power efficient single core processor for small subnotebooks that is based on the Penryn core and includes all features (like Virtualization, C6 state, ...). The performance should be comparable with a 1.7 GHz Athlon II Neo K125.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
81%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.