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MSI: LEDs, Blu-ray Disc, Eco big in laptops this year

Notebook PCs coming out this year will likely include more colorful screens thanks to LED (light emitting diode) backlights and Blu-ray Disc optical drives this year, an executive from Micro-Star International (MSI) says, as well as more environmentally friendly attributes. But other technologies such as WiMax and SSDs (solid-state discs) probably won't see as much widespread use, said Sam Chen, director of notebook PC sales at MSI.

There are a number of new technologies people are likely to find more readily available on notebook PCs this year. For one, the size of the standard screen is likely to expand to 15.6-inches from the current mainstream standard, 15.4-inches, as users snap up notebooks with bigger screens, said Chem. And colors on those screens will probably be better due to the use of LED backlights, which are coming down in price.

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