After the MSI X-Slim X340's recent frankly awful review, we've been waiting for a third-opinion and hopefully some indication that the ultraportable's poor showing was a one-off aberration. Unfortunately, many of the critique points from that review - poor build quality, "cheap and nasty" trackpad and "tacky" keyboard - also crop up in NotebookReview's piece.
The latest batch of new laptop and ultraportable rumors are spilling out of the Far-East, tipping new touchscreen models running Windows 7 and at least one ultra-thin from LG. According to industry sources, HP, Acer and Lenovo have all placed orders with Taiwanese capacitive touchscreen manufacturer Cando; meanwhile MSI are said to be supplying LG with an ultra-thin notebook that will ship in the second half of 2009.
MSI's X-Slim range is about to get a new screen option, in the shape of the 15.6-inch X600. Notebook Italia have unboxed the biggest X-Slim in advance of its late-June European launch, finding a laptop that may not be as portable as its smaller siblings, but which is perhaps all the more usable.
Unboxing video after the cut
If you've been interested in a new netbook for quite some time but have been hoping for one to be released that's within your price range, the MSI Wind U123 , just might be your answer. The computer manufacturer, MSI Computer, has just released their latest netbook and it has quite a bit to offer.
This new netbook sports an Intel Atom 1.66 GHz N280 processor, 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. It also features an ergonomic keyboard for ease of use and a 10.2-inch LCD display.
The U123 comes with EasyFace identification software, and the option of a 6-cell or a 9-cell battery. It's also available in four different color options including white, grey, red and blue. You can get the MSI Wind U123 starting today for $379.99.
The MSI Wind U200 might look quite a lot like its Atom N270 predecessors, but under the glossy hood there's a whole load of Celeron ULV SFF 723 goodness going on. Given that Celeron CPUs have long been the whipping boys of the processor market, that might seem a strange thing to say, but when you're comparing them to the low-power Atom chips they all of a sudden look more welcome. NewGadgets.de managed to score a hands-on with the U200, and you can see their video after the cut.
Videos after the cut
If MSI thought they could rest easy on the back of a good review for their X-Slim X340 ultraportable, they've a disappointment coming today. ZDNet Australia have been playing with the first Intel CULV notebook to the market, and they're really not impressed. Ranking the MacBook Air-a-like a mere 5 out of 10, reviewer Craig Simms is most disappointed by the "cheap, nasty and tacky" keyboard.