MSI have outed their latest ultraportable, and it comes as a pleasant surprise to find a chip other than Intel’s Atom under the hood. The MSI Wind U230 squeezes AMD’s 1.6GHz Neo X2 MV40 processor into a 12.1-inch 1366 x 768 chassis with AMD Radeon HD3200 graphics, up to 4GB of RAM and a choice of 160GB, 250GB or 320GB hard-drives.
The ultraportable appears to be a reasonably straightforward update of the MSI Wind U210, boosting the graphics performance and switching out Vista for a Windows 7 Home Premium install. Connectivity includes HDMI, VGA, three USB 2.0, ethernet and audio in/out, along with a multiformat card reader, while wireless includes standard WiFi b/g/n and optional Bluetooth.
Battery choices include a three cell pack or six cell pack, the former rated for up to four hours runtime which seems reasonably healthy (we’re used to seeing Intel-based machines get three hours for a three cell pack). No word on pricing, but the predictions are hovering in the early $400 region.