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MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop: Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz, 3GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, Nvidia 8200M-G, HDMI, Windows 7 Home Premium $320 @ Officedepot B&M

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Officedepot [officedepot.com] has the MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop for $320 In-Store Only.

This Ebay page [ebay.com] has the best information I can find.[/B]


Specifications
# Intel« Celeron T3000 processor 1.8GHz
# 15.6" WXGA widescreen LCD (1366 x 768 resolution)
# 3 GB DDR2 memory (2 Dimm)
# 250GB hard drive capacity
# Supermulti DVD-RW optical drive
# 802.11b/g/n WLAN
# 1.3 megapixel webcam
# Nvidia GeForce 8200M-G video graphics
# HD audio with 2 speakers
# HDMI port
# 3 USB 2.0 ports
# 4-in-1 card reader
# PCI Express slot
# VGA port
# 103-key keyboard
# 65-watt AC adapter
# 6 cell battery
# Windows 7 Home Premium

* Dimensions: 13.66" x 9.68" x 1.4"
* Unit Weight: 5.24 lbs.

Product Warranty:

* 3 year limited warranty.

Community Wiki

Last Edited by Jrav March 15, 2012 at 06:30 PM
BIOS with overclock options/ ctrl-fn swap updated to latest version (X.0T) released 2010-07-26:
http://www.mediafire.com/?bb82vxyu1nepwyo

MSI A5000, and A6000 are based upon the MSI 1683 "Whitebook".

A5000 , A6000 series uses the same motherboard as the 1683 "Whitebook".
A5000 =11-2009 (2010) model=Win7, aka CR500 = Vista 2009 model?

http://www.msiwhitebook.com/produ...S-1683-ID1

Information supplied by Warner from MSI USA:

Vista = Win7
U210 = L2100 (1241)
CR600 = A6000 (1683)
CR500 = A5000 (1683)
CR400 = A4000 (1451)
CX600 = A6005 (1682)
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=133088.0

Link to A5000-025US product page on MSI.com = as of 2011-06 I can't find it,Mad typing A5000, A5000-025US does not bring up any hits for me... EEK! (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number. Typing in A5000-025US should bring up product page- Link to latest bios, drivers. (Tip search for CR500)

EDIT: Found the product page by GOOGLING some more, Google rolled me over to my own posts on Slickdeals in which I had posted links to the product pages for the unit! MSI really needs to update their search engine so it searches all divisions when a model number is typed in. IIRC there are several divisions of MSI and they don't link /forward info between them.
http://www.msimobile.com/level3_p...d=9&id=157

15" ~ 16" (Discontinued) > A5000-025US
Product Number: 9S7-168344-025


Drivers, Bios, manuals: Link on above page rolls over to CR500...
http://www.msi.com/product/nb/CR5...div=Driver

Assemble, disassemble VIDEOS, and PDF's of CR600: (sister unit to A5000)
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=132295.0

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Windows 7 x64 =

MSI does not "do "x64, all systems, even ones with 4GB are shipped with 32-bit OS.

Search for posts by Hurt777 - he has a walk thru on installing Win7 x64

EDIT: It appears that x64 drivers are listed now: http://www.msi.com/product/nb/CR5...=Win7%2064

TIP: MSI sources parts from several vendors: Run a app like Belarc Advisor to find out what is in your unit.

Support: Long term impressions

Long term impressions of the unit is good- abit right now I have a problem in which the unit will not come out of sleep mode via any attached USB device due to BIOS is hard-coded to stop monitoring USB ports in Sleep mode.

Post 1199
Can't wake from S3 sleep mode from USB Mouse, keyboard, ehome Infrared Receiver (USBCIR)
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=40132411&postcount=1199

Anyone has any info, feel free to post...



MSI sites are tricky to navigate, links go dead:
As I mentioned above about a year and 1/2 after purchase I can't find support pages. Links previously post here are getting 404 errors.

MSI has a forum board .
MSI really needs to do some spring cleaning so to speak- Get some of their tech's posting over there.
- I'd rate it about a 3 out of 10.

What to expect when posting on the MSI forum board:

1: There are more mods than users.
2: If you post anything about x64, BAS (mod) is sure to post his boiler plate response there is no need to run x64, 32 is faster.
3: Mods to post "We don't work for MSI" if you ask a hard question.... if you get a response at all.
4: Most threads lead to a dead end, with the boiler plate "contact MSI support for hard issues".

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RECOVERY DISCS- WARNING, MSI ships product without testing what they sell.

Update the SATA DRIVERS ASAP before you burn the recovery discs ! (Disc burn will fail, or discs will burn but won't work
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func...aq_no=2134
(Crap-ola - 404 error.... What the FAQ, link to the files needed to update the SATA drivers for the burner said there was there was a LARGE number of units affected over several product lines- in which end users would burn the recovery discs only to find out "later" the discs were no good.
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Potential of T3000 CPU

The A5000 is powered by a Intel 1.8 GHz Dual Core Celeron processor. This processor (ranked #98, according to Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net], beats the M500 AMD II Processor (rank #99).
You can check out http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php to look at how it compares with others.

T3000 vs Pentium Dual Core T4200. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives, with 1MB cache vs. 2MB in the C2D T6500.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

OVERCLOCKING:

A5000/A6000's based upon the MSI-1683 are GOOD OVERCLOCKERS with SVET's modded bios.
Search for posts by SVET (On MSI forum) , Hurtz777 for a detailed step by step overclocking guide.)


Sister units
As stated previously the 1683 motherboard is used on the 5000, and 6000 series. Same motherboard is used on various models.
This laptop is essentially the same as the MSI A5000-026US Notebook that was sold thru Circuit City.

This deal compared to the popular Acer Extensa 5230 a few days ago (2009-11?).

MSI has a Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz Processor (rank #98 on Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net]) vs the Celeron 900 2.2GHz ranked #181 on the same benchmark test. +1 MSI.
Screen resolution is different because one is 15.6" while the other is 15.4".
3GB DDR2 vs 2GB DDR2 memory. +1 MSI.
250GB HDD vs 160GB HDD. +1 MSI.
MSI Has HDMI. +1 MSI.
MSI has a 4-in1 card reader. +1 MSI.
Acer has 64-bit Win 7. +1 Acer.

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#3
this looks sick... i toyed with keeping one of my acer deals for myself and upgrading the chip, ram and hdd, but this thing has it beat in terms of performance, and at a reasonable cost difference.
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anyone know the chipset?
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Quote from Wiki Community Board View Post :
Don't underestimate this 1.8 GHz Celeron processor, because it is actually the BEST Celeron dual-core processor available. This processor (ranked #98, according to Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net], beats the M500 AMD II Processor (rank #99).

This laptop is essential the same as this Deal for the MSI A5000-026US Notebook for $400 AR @ Circuit city a few weeks ago that seemed to be pretty popular, and costs $80 less.

This deal compared to the popular Acer Extensa 5230 a few days ago.
This MSI has a Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz Processor (rank #98 on Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net]) vs the Celeron 900 2.2GHz ranked #181 on the same benchmark test. +1 MSI.
Screen resolution is different because one is 15.6" while the other is 15.4", but that TFT LCD may be worse than this WXGA Screen.
3GB DDR2 vs 2GB DDR2 memory. +1 MSI.
250GB HDD vs 160GB HDD. +1 MSI.
MSI Has HDMI. +1 MSI.
The only thing better about the Acer is that it was $70 cheaper (less if accounting for shipping and different cashback values), but for 1 extra GB of Memory, 90 extra GBs of storage, A better LCD display, MUCH better processor, HDMI, and possibly 10% Bing Cashback (vs the 5% from Bestbuy, of course).
The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.

There were plenty of problems http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178
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Very good price.

The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.

Both are similar to the Core 2 Duo T6500, but both have 1MB cache vs. 2MB. Indeed, the Celeron T3000 could be called the Pentium Dual Core T4000, because it is that similar to the T4200, other than clock speed (again, 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

MSI is the only issue, as people in the MSI T6600 thread reported a few problems.

Other than quality, which could be fine, this is a great deal for the price.
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Quote from cool_guysd View Post :
The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.

There were plenty of problems http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178
I think MSI puts out a top notch product... I wonder if this laptop will incorporate "turbo" software features like alot of their laptops, allowing a nice OC, and use of setfsb to increase bus transport speed due to unlocked pll
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Does this slab have a modem port? From looking at the reviews I could find, I dont see or hear mention of one.

My niece wants a laptop for xmas, but she lives out in the sticks. 70% of the time she'll have wireless access but the rest of the time she's at grandma's house and has only dial up access.

So no modem wont fly.
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Quote from jays92 View Post :
Very good price.

The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.

Both are similar to the Core 2 Duo T6500, but both have 1MB cache vs. 2MB. Indeed, the Celeron T3000 could be called the Pentium Dual Core T4000, because it is that similar to the T4200, other than clock speed (again, 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

MSI is the only issue, as people in the MSI T6600 thread reported a few problems.

Other than quality, which could be fine, this is a great deal for the price.
the only problems I personally have had with msi has been with drivers... although they are an easy fix
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Quote from cool_guysd View Post :
The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.

There were plenty of problems http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178
Acer is moving fast, and is no longer small. A close 2nd to Dell, behind Dell and HP but above Lenovo in market share. Acer has one advantage in that you can find drivers on the US, Taiwan, and Europe sites.
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The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.
Not exactly. While both are in fact 45nm derivatives, the celeron t3000 does not have speedstep. While I dont think that'll make a mountain of difference in battery life on a portable, for those who make minute demands on the processor and dont have the screen brightness turned way up, it'll make some battery life difference.

I like the pentium dual core vs core 2 duo performance differences for most users, but the dual core celeron does have a few fingers tied behind its back on portable battery life vs the pentium dual core and the core 2 duo in the same architectural range.
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BCB - 22.40 will put this at 297.60 they will charge tax so 346.40-22.40 = 324.00 all said and done

need more specs!!! what NB chipset does this msi lappy use?
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i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.
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Quote from sklar View Post :
Not exactly. While both are in fact 45nm derivatives, the celeron t3000 does not have speedstep. While I dont think that'll make a mountain of difference in battery life on a portable, for those who make minute demands on the processor and dont have the screen brightness turned way up, it'll make some battery life difference.

I like the pentium dual core vs core 2 duo performance differences for most users, but the dual core celeron does have a few fingers tied behind its back on portable battery life vs the pentium dual core and the core 2 duo in the same architectural range.
True, it is missing some features, that is why I said "virtually" the same. But good facts to point out.

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i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.
You bought the $249 Acer? No, you should not feel any remorse. You have a great deal. You'll be able to resell it in 6 months for $249 if you so choose and get another one.
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