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MSI S250 12.1-inch Notebook
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 20th March, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  

A Slim and Thin Computing Machine

Among the many classes of notebooks available to consumers, 12-inch notebooks are probably the most favored by folks seeking for a well-balanced and portable computing machine. Backed by a healthy selection of battery efficient processors specifically tailored for notebooks, modern 12-inch notebooks are able to operate at higher frequencies, consume less energy and are a lot cooler running than their predecessors, which were equipped with processors that were meant to power desktop computers. Some obvious benefits of a cooler running processor include a much simpler design for its cooling solution and a lower power draw by its cooling fan(s), since fast and usually loud fans that were once used for cooling hot desktop processors are not necessary anymore. With all these points combined, we are able to observe improvements to both mass and operational volume of notebooks.

The MSI S250 12.1-inch notebook

Taking advantage of the abovementioned points, many manufacturers are now capable of carting out slim and lightweight notebooks and one of these to make its way to our lab is the MSI S250. Tailored specifically for modern women, the mass and design of the S250 are kept light, at just 1.8kg and simplistically styled to match the design of modern consumer electronic products. From the side and with the LCD lid firmly closed, the side profile of the S250 is just 26mm thick and should allow for firm handling on all sides. On the flip side of the 12.1-inch LCD is a protective magnesium alloy skin coated in silver and this is firmly hinged to the main body that latches through two spring locking hooks housed within the LCD lid. In terms of footprint, the surface area of the S250 is just slightly larger than a piece of A4 paper and should sit comfortably on your lap, coffee table or desktop. Given its small profile and light mass, owners will also have a lot more options to choose from when sourcing for a suitable and fashionable carrying bag to protect the notebook when on the move.

Front View – (left to right: Firewire jack, MIC jack and headphone/optical S/PDIF jack)

Left Flank – (left to right: Combo drive, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x PCMCIA slot and MMC/SD/MS card reader)

Right Flank – (left to right: 2 x USB 2.0 ports, RJ-11 modem jack, RJ-45 Ethernet jack, 15-pin Analog RGB port and power jack)

Rear View – (a Kensington slot is located on the left corner, but other than that, the rear has a clean design)

MSI S250 Technical Specifications
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Celeron M 1.4GHz
  • 1MB L2 cache
  • SiS 661MX + SiS 963L
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • AMI
System Memory
  • 256MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM
  • Upgradeable to 2048MB on dual SODIMM sockets
  • 12.1-inch WXGA LCD
  • 1280 x 800 pixels
Video Expansion
  • 1 x 15-pin D-sub
  • SiS M661MX
  • 64MB Shared Video Memory
  • Toshiba PATA (MK4025GAS )
  • 40GB
  • 4,200 RPM
  • 8MB Buffer
Optical Drive
  • MSI MS-8524M COMBO drive
  • DVD-ROM Read: 8x
  • CD-ROM Read: 24x
  • CD-R Write: 24x
  • CD-RW Write: 24x
  • Agere Systems AC'97 Modem v2136D
Network Connections
  • SiS 900-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
  • Ralink M2500 MiniPCI WLAN
  • SiS 7012 Audio Device
  • Two built-in speakers
  • S/PDIF (Sony/ Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers
I/O Port
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
  • 1 x Mic-in Port
  • 1 x Headphone Out
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet Connector
  • 1 x RJ11 Modem Connector
  • 1 x PCMCIA 2.1 Compliant Type
Dimension & Weight
  • Dimension: 303 x 225 x 26 mm (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 1.8kg
  • BIOS Lock
  • Kensington Anti-theft Lock Slot

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