Apple's MacBook Air envelope advert is probably one of the most iconic pieces of ultraportable branding from the past few years, and it set a bar that new notebooks love to take pot-shots at. Given the striking similarity between the Air and MSI's X-Slim X340, it seems all too appropriate that the 13-inch notebook should try an envelope test of its own.
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MSI have released the first advert for their X-Slim X340 ultraportable notebook, announced this week at CeBIT 2009 in Germany. The X340 has the same super-skinny casing as the X-Slim X320, but boosts performance by switching out that netbook's Atom processor for a Centrino ULV chip.
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MSI have brought their X-Slim X340 ultraportable along to CeBIT, and while the MacBook Air resemblance is obvious, the MSI does a better job of standing apart in black. Design cues aside, it's a slick machine, with a 13-inch 16:9 LED-backlit display and power consumption that, according to the manufacturer, is one-sixth that of other notebooks.
After MSI confirmed the US specs for their Wind U123 netbook and larger X-Slim X320 and X340 ultraportables yesterday, we were keen to spend some hands-on time with the slick notebooks. Of the selection, the MSI X-Slim X340 is undoubtedly our favorite, but there's plenty to recommend the others: how about 5.5hrs runtime from the 6-cell battery, or 8.5hrs from the 9-cell, on the Wind U123?
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MSI have announced full specifications for their Wind U123 netbook and X-Slim X320 & X340 ultraportable notebooks. As in Japan, the 10.2-inch U123 has the Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor, WWAN and a TV-tuner; meanwhile the X-Slim X320 has an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor and optional 3G/WiMAX. The X-Slim X340 uses Intel's SU3500 CULV processor.
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.
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With official photos, full specifications, an unboxing and demo video behind us, all that's left for MSI's X-Slim X600 - before a post eventually saying it's been retired, of course - is a full review. Happily LaptopMag are on hand to deliver just that, putting the 15.6-inch CULV ultraportable through its paces to see if it's more than just good looks or falls flat like its smaller X340 sibling.
Of all of MSI's X-Slim series of ultraportables, the X600 has been perhaps the most mysterious. All that looks set to change, however, as the first review units start to slip out: NewGadgets.de have acquired one, and recorded a full hands-on of the 24.5mm thick notebook together with a comparison to the X340.
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MSI has officially announced their X-Slim X400 and X600 CULV ultraportables, together with confirming that the 14-inch and 15-inch notebooks will land before the end of June. The MSI X-Slim X400 weighs just 1.5kg while the larger X600 is 2.1kg; each notebook is less than 1-inch thick and have a 16:9 aspect LED-backlit display.