MSI's dual-storage Wind U115 Hybrid netbook was advertised as not only a speed demon (thanks to the 8GB or 16GB SSD) but a frugal one, with the company predicting runtimes of up to 10.5hrs from a single charge. However it now looks as though MSI were actually too modest in their claims; Eee PC.de have been running battery tests and the MSI Wind U115 lasted 13 hours and 15 minutes.
MSI brought along their 20-inch Wind Top AE2010 all-in-one PC to CeBIT 2009, and while it might look like an inflated ASUS Eee Top there's a whole lot more to it. Fronted by a 1600 x 900 touchscreen, the MSI Wind Top AE2010 has a built-in UVD (Universal Video Decoder) for high-definition playback.
At the same time as launching the X-Slim X340 and X600, MSI were also flaunting their MSI Wind Box DC100 nettop, and the Wind Top AE1900, AE2010 and AE2200 touchscreen all-in-ones. Engadget Chinese grabbed some hands-on time with all four, together with the X340, and have come away considerably impressed. ASUS may have got there first with the Eee Box nettop and Eee Top all-in-one, while Apple certainly sired the X-Slim's design DNA with the MacBook Air, but there's still plenty of attraction in MSI's range.
MSI have released images of a new color version of their Wind U120 netbook, obviously intended for anybody not turned on by the original model's bold black and white scheme. The new grey/black Wind U120 has a more sober casing, probably making it more appealing to the business and enterprise markets MSI originally suggested the netbook variant was aimed at.
MSI have officially announced their all-in-one nettop. The MSI Wind NetOn AP1900, which was first spotted back in November, has an 18.5-inch WSXGA 16:9 display, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and both a 160GB SATA hard-drive and DVD burner. According to MSI, at full operating load the 35mm wide NetOn AP1900 requires just 35W, saving around 86-percent on a traditional PC.
MSI's original Wind U100 remains one of the best-known and better-selling netbooks, not least because MSI niftily allowed other companies to use the OEM design and rebadge it for their purposes. Nothing lasts forever, though, and the company has a new range of netbooks out for 2009, the most distinctive of which is the MSI Wind U120. Does a new, "businesslike" monochrome casing make all the difference? LaptopMag have had one of the first U120's on their test bench to find out.
MSI have officially announced their WindBOX barebones nettop, set to hit the market this quarter. The slim, fanless box - which can be mounted to an LCD monitor's VESA bracket - is based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, and is supplied as a barebones unit without storage. There's a SATA-II connector and room for a 2.5-inch hard-drive; alternatively, MSI suggest you could boot the WindBOX from a memory card and use it as a thin-client.
MSI have announced their first dual-core nettop, the Wind NetTop D130, which uses Intel's Atom 330 1.6GHz dual-core processor. The D130 also carves something of a niche for itself by including an integrated DVD Super Multi drive, a rare sighting on nettops. MSI envisage buyers using the D130 as a media center PC, home email or file server, or even for online gaming.
MSI's Wind has already been the subject of a number of OS X hacks, turning the 10-inch budget ultraportable into the poster-child of DIY Apple netbooks. One significant stumbling block has been the networking; the Wind's Realtek RTL8187SE WiFi card refused to play nicely with Apple's operating system, and as such needed to be swapped out for a more friendly wireless card. Now official Realtek drivers have emerged, making the hack even more straightforward.
Just last week we heard about the upcoming MSI Wind U120, which will be making its grand debut at CES 2009. But now it looks as if two more netbooks will be added to MSI's U Series including the MSI U110 and the MSI U115.
The MSI U115 is really quite different. It features a SSD and a hard drive. So, the OS would then be installed on the SSD, but all of your data and information would be stored on a larger hard drive. This makes sense insofar as it will keep the price down and allow you room to save data, but doesn't it seem a bit counterproductive to save your data on the drive that can be scratched or ruined?
You will have several options with the U115, including a 8GB SSD/80GB HDD, a 16GB SSD/120GB HDD or a 32GB SSD/160GB HDD. The MSI Wind U110 does not have the SSD configurations. However, both models feature Atom processors and have 10-inch screens.