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Review MSI Megabook S262

MSI continues the successful history of the small smart sub-notebooks S260 and S270 with the Megabook S262. Like already its predecessors the S262 is equipped with a graceful designed and resistant magnesium case, but beyond that contains a high performance Core duo processor.

Case

The case of the S262 is completely identical with the case of the S270. The design convinces with elegant modesty, but nevertheless sets gentle accents with the design of the hinges and the battery.

Like already the S260/270 the S262 is also presented in the colors anthracite coal and white, and is completely manufactured by magnesium. The advantage of the magnesium case is an extremely solid construction, which additionally is stiff against torsions. It permits to carry the notebook lively with one hand through a room without the problem of flexing and crunching.

The workmanship of the notebook is ok except a few negative details. If you press upon the chassis crunching can arise in certain areas. The moreover somewhat different gap dimensions of construction modules were noticeable. However both problems are not really disturbing and probably many users will not notice it.

The Megabook S262 is equipped with a classical double hook sealing system, which works without problems and which closes the notebook cleanly. It should be possible to draw the slidegate easier, it is somewhat difficult to slide.
 
The connections of the laptop concentrate on the right side except the audio ports and the Firewire connection (front) as well as a USB port (left side). Particularly righthanded people could be impaired in the freedom of movement when steering the mouse when using several ports.
In addition it is to be marked that the S262 exhibits only a VGA exit, but no video exit.

Our test sample was equipped with 2200 mAh Li-ion battery. Additionally there is a 4400 mAh battery available, which raises  the entire Megabook at the back somewhat upward due to its design. You can see this well in the photos of the reviews of  the MSI Megabook S260 and the MSI Megabook S270.

Interfaces Front
Schnittstellen
Interfaces Right Side
Interfaces Left Side
Interfaces Back

Input Devices

Keyboard/Touchpad

The keyboard can be handled well. The entire width of the Megabook S262 has been used for a clear arrangement and all important keys got a reasonable size. The space bar is positioned somewhat too far on the right side for my taste, since the thumb of my left hand misses that key often.

After overcoming the clear pressure point, the keys intercept the force gently and springily, and click at the way decently. Problems with the responding of keys could not be determined. Also the implementation of the keyboard in the case is perfect, in some areas the keyboard flexes with pressure.

The touchpad of the S262 remained without remarkablenesses, and is characterised by a good responding and a good sliding surface. The pertinent keys need more pressure for a response and are somewhat too small processed.

The MSI Megabook S262 offers 4 additional keys. Internet Browser, Mail Client and WLAN-switch as well as a key with a magnifying glass symbol (zoom?). The last mentioned key was not occupied by any function. These 4 keys are arranged above the keyboard in the center.

The handling of the WLAN key can be confusing at the beginning, since repeated pressing switches between different modes (WLAN off, WLAN on, WLAN+Bluetooth, WLAN off, Bluetooth on, etc.). A control lamp with changing colours at the frontal border gives feedback.

Display

Color Diagram of the MSI Megabook S262

Subjectively the WXGA x-black display works well with a resolution of 1280x800. Brightness and illuminating seem to be ok. The S262 contains like its predecessors a reflecting 12.1 inch widescreen display.

The measurement of the brightness resulted in a maximally measured value of good 177.1 cd/m² in the center of the display. The illuminating amounted to average 79.1%.

140,2 cd/m² 151,7 cd/m² 144,1 cd/m²
148,0 cd/m² 177,1 cd/m² 146,7 cd/m²
140,1 cd/m² 147,3 cd/m² 147,2 cd/m²
Illumination of the screen

With the test of susceptibility for creation of streaks by means of the Pixperan readability test we could achieve level 7, which is a result slightly above the average.

The diagram of the color representation shows a deviation of the blue color curve, which results in a somewhat warmer color representation (red tones accentuated more).

The Megabook S262 shows a good stability with viewing angles. Only a slight deviation in the vertical range leads to an impairment of the readability. A view from below results in a too strong deviation in the vertical range, which leads to an impairment of the legibility. Here the brightness decreases rapidly. Also the mirroring surface of the display is disturbing.

Stability with viewing angles

Performance

The core duo processor is guarantee for good performance data in applications. The Megabook S262 is content with the integrated graphics solution Intel GMA 900, which anyway is sufficient for a subnotebook. 

The access time of the implemented hard disk is slightly above the average.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark05
Benchmark Comparison
Benchmark Comparison PCMark04
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE5525 points
3DMark 031159 points
3DMark 05469 points
3DMark 06
 
118 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Sony TZ11XN
 U7500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
111
Sony TX5XN
 U1500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
112
MSI Megabook S262
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
118
Dell Latitude ST-LST01
 Z670, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
119
Toshiba L100-120
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
119
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 044867 points
PCMark 052741 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Fujitsu-Siemens Pa2510
 TL-50, Radeon Xpress X1200
2731
Dell Latitude D430
 U7600, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2738
MSI Megabook S262
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2741
Dell Inspiron 6400
 T2300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2746
Apple MacBook Air
 SP7500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
2752
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
120 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 19.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 38 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 30.2 MB/s
Access Time: 23.9 ms
Burst Rate: 56.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.2 %

Emissions

Warmth

The temperature emissions remain in the idle operation without considerable remarkablenesses. With continuous load the right part of the Megabook, the keyboard and the areas near the air entrances and exits heat up clearly.

Temperatures at the Top
Temperatures at the Bottom

Volume

Without load the S262 worked without fan and remained pleasantly quiet. In the normal operation with Internet and Office the fan worked with maximally level 1, which lies with measured 32.9 dB still in the pleasant range.

There exists a zone between switched off fan and level 1, in which the fan switches on and off frequently. The volume of the fan does not disturb much, but already rather the frequent change between on and off.

Diagramm Geräuschkulisse

Measured Volumes

Environment: 29,5 dB
Idle, fan off: 31,3 dB
Idle, fan off, +Hdd: 31,7 dB
Idle, fan level1: 32,9 dB
Fan level2: 36,1 dB
Fan max: 38,1 dB
DVD max.: 36,9 dB

Loudspeaker

The mini boxes integrated in the display work loudly, but the absence of any basses is obvious. Briefly said: sufficient, but headphones are recommended.

Battery Runtime

Our test sample was equipped with a battery with a weight of 200 gram and 2200 mAh capacity. To reach a corresponding extension of the runtime a twice heavier 4400 mAh Li-ion battery is available.

Battery Eater Readers test - corresponds about the maximum runtime
(min. brightness, WLAN off)
achieved battery runtime: 2h 40min

Battery Eater Classic test - corresponds about the minimum runtime
(all max., WLAN etc.)
achieved battery runtime: 48min

WLan Operation
(brightness max., WLan on)
achieved battery runtime: 2h 5min

DVD Wiedergabe
(max. brightness, WLan off)
achieved battery runtime: 1h 25min

Current Consumption

Minimum (all off or at minimum): 14,1 Watts
Idle (max. brightness): 22,7 Watts
Maximum (full load inkl. WLAN): 40,7 Watts

Verdict

MSI Megabook S262

"speedy handbag"

Like already the S270 and S260 the Megabook S262 convinces due to its design of the case, the elegant colour and the high-quality magnesium case. Except some small  problems, whereby particularly different gap dimensions are to be mentioned, the S262 is well finished.  

The keyboard of the S262 is ok and also the display is ok, execpt the mirroring. The performance of the MSI Megabook S262 was outstanding with application-oriented benchmark tests. Responsible for it: a strong T2400 Core Duo processor with 1.83 Ghz.

Case temperature and noise emissions likewise remained tolerable.

The runtime of the test equipment sample with that 2200 mAh battery was ok, but not outstanding good. However, for "battery-junkies" there is a twice as large 4400 mAh battery available. We already tested it for the MSI S270 and MSI S260.

The MSI Megabook S262 is an elegant sub-notebook for the mobile user and works at the best without any cable.

Tested: The MSI Megabook S262

Specifications

Specifications

MSI Megabook S262

:: Processor
Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83 GHz (Intel Core Duo)
:: Mainboard
Intel 945GM
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2, PC5300, max. 2048MB, 2x512MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
12.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WXGA X-Black TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
120 GB - 5400 rpm, 120 GB 5400 rpm Samsung HM120JC: 120GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
3x USB 2.0 Port, 1 x RJ-45 Buchse für LAN, 1 x RJ-11 Buchse für Modem, VGA out, 1x PCMCIA Adapter, Kensington Lock, MicIn, HeadOut, Firewire
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 303 x 225
:: Weight
2 kg
:: Battery
, 2200mAh Lithium-Ionen
:: Price
1229 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 120GB, 5400rpm, Samsung HM120JC, Realtek ALC 882H, DVD+/-RW (Double Layer) Laufwerk HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4082N,

 

[+] compare
Like the already tested MSI S260 the S262 appears in an elegant white colour
Already known: the attractive battery design
Double hook catch grants a secure fixing
Our test sample was equipped with a fully integrated 2200 mAh battery
Nearly all connections are concentrated at the right side of the chassis - unfavorable for right handed people
The keyboard was good and could be handled pleasently
The S262 offers all over four additional keys - mail, browser, WLan and Zoom
The fan is positioned at the right side and sucks air from below
The S262 is available with a bigger 4400 mAh battery beneath the 2200 mAh battery

Pro

  • valuable magnesium case
  • elegant design
  • stiff against torsions
  • light weight
  • pleasent keyboard
  • bright display
  • good viewing angles
  • Contra

  • minor lacks of workmanship
  • bad positioning of the interfaces
  • no video exit
  • fan is not optimal
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    Rating

    MSI Megabook S262
    08/31/2007
    Josef Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    89%
    Keyboard
    88%
    Pointing Device
    85%
    Connectivity
    84%
    Weight
    87%
    Battery
    68%
    Display
    82%
    Games Performance
    57%
    Application Performance
    83%
    Temperature
    77%
    Noise
    79%
    Add Points
    94%
    Average
    81%
    83%
    Subnotebook *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: Josef Simon Leitner, 2006-08- 2 (Update: 2013-05- 8)