Be it motherboards or graphics cards, MSI is practically a household name among the DIY and enthusiast scene but when it comes to notebooks, it is fighting an uphill battle to make inroads on a global market dominated by international brands like HP and Dell. Even fellow Taiwanese brand Acer has risen rapidly up the ranks to emerge a surprise third in the global stakes last year, while on the home front, ASUS is another dominant and familiar competitor. Though MSI is a minor player in the channel at the moment, with the bulk of its notebooks mainly the 12 to 15-inch variety, it obviously has ambitions for this segment, leading to some high profile moves recently.
One of these high profile products is its Crystal Collection, which features MSI notebooks embedded with Swarovski crystals. Looking to build on the momentum, MSI recently showcased another new design that has set tongues wagging. Debuting at Computex 2007 in both a glamorous all-white facade and a more traditional black and silver professional edition, the new PR200 builds on MSI's experience in ultra-portable 12-inch notebooks with a clean chassis design and is based on Intel's latest Santa Rosa platform. Does this reddot design award-winning notebook live up to such heightened expectations? We share our user experience right after the technical specifications:-