MSI Computers has officially announced the availability of their latest Wind model netbook, the U160. This particular model is actually the winner of the 2010 iF Product Design award, and the company is proud to finally bring the product to the consumers. They're also happy to be abandoning the far more traditional, and perhaps over-used, clamshell design of netbooks. They're going the route of a far more sophisticated look, and we have to say we like the aesthetics.
CeBIT 2010 is coming, and MSI are tipping their hand for what pleasures they'll have at the show. Most interesting are the latest Wind Top all-in-ones, the 24-inch AE2420 and the 22-inch AE2280; rather than the nettop-based models we've seen before, these new Wind Tops will use Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, ramping up to 3D capabilities on the top-spec machine.
We had a brief play with MSI's new Wind U160 netbook back at CES 2010, and came away uncertain about what felt like more than a little flex in the keyboard. Fingers-crossed that hasn't panned out to the latest models, and the people to ask are over at NewGadgets.de; they've picked up a U160 and have promptly shot a video hands-on.
Video unboxing/hands-on after the cut
The slider form-factor isn't unusual in mobile devices - HTC's Touch Pro2 has a particularly nifty mechanism, and larger handhelds, such as the PsiXpda UMPC, have used it too - but how about a 10.2-inch slider tablet? That's what InsanelyWind forum member c0ff33 is working on, turning his Advent 4211c (a rebadge of the MSI Wind U100) into a touchscreen tablet that opens up to reveal the QWERTY keyboard.
When it comes to shopping for a notebook there are those that look for small and portable machines if they are on the go a lot. The user who wants a notebook that will be mostly used in the home or office often looks for a machine with a larger screen for more usability. MSI has unveiled a new larger screen notebook called the CR720.
MSI wasn't much of a name in the American computer market until the netbook revolution began and its Wind line of netbooks proved popular with buyers. The company is now much better known and is offering up some new notebooks for users looking to get more power and a larger screen than is found in a netbook.
We'd question the timing of announcing tablet plans so close to Apple's iPad launch, but with mixed reactions to the Cupertino slate perhaps there's room for rivals to sneak in. MSI's sales director, Sambora Chen, has confirmed that they too have a 10-inch touchscreen slate in the works, which will arrive in the second half of 2010 priced at around $500.