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.
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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.
Apple's recently released 10.5.7 update for OS X seems to have backfired, with some MacBook users reporting sluggish performance and hardware issues, while owners of Hackint0sh netbooks have found their battery life much improved with the new software. The change has led to suggestions that Apple is readying OS X for better power management on netbook-style hardware, such as might be used in a 10-inch Mac touchscreen tablet/UMPC.
As expected, MSI have announced their Wind U200 netbook, based on Intel's Celeron ULV SFF 723 processor (now part of the Intel CULV line) with GMA 4500M graphics and a 12-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display. Netbooknews.de stopped by the launch to shoot some photos and hands-on video, which you can see after the cut.
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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.
MSI's X-Slim X340 ultraportable may be all about the skinny glamor, but once you've succumbed to its slender charms you want a machine that can handle at least the minimum of mobile processing tasks. According to LaptopMag's X340 review, as long as you're not looking to game or edit video, that shouldn't be too much of an issue: the 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo CULV chip may rack up only half the PCMark Vantage points as a ThinkPad X200, but it's good enough to run Vista, Office 2007, crank up tabs in Firefox or play 720p video.