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MSI Wind U123, X-Slim X320 & X340 video demo

MSI Wind U123, X-Slim X320 & X340 video demo

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?

Video demo after the cut

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MSI Wind U123, X-Slim X320 & X340 US specs confirmed

MSI Wind U123, X-Slim X320 & X340 US specs confirmed

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.

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MSI Wind Top AE1900 gets hands-on

MSI Wind Top AE1900 gets hands-on

MSI's Wind Top AE1900 touchscreen all-in-one had its official launch yesterday, and already we're seeing the first hands-on reports.  Section Addiction caught up with the 18.5-inch nettop, going so far as to check out its power demands, fan noise, and the possibility of 1080p on the Atom-based PC.

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MSI X-Slim X340 engineering sample gets video demo

MSI X-Slim X340 engineering sample gets video demo

After MSI's X-Slim X340 was spotted doing its envelope shimmy we demanded a full review of the low-priced Air rival.  That's still not been forthcoming, but we do have a new hands-on video to tide us over.

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MSI Wind Top AE1900 touchscreen nettop official

MSI Wind Top AE1900 touchscreen nettop official

MSI have officially announced their latest touchscreen nettop all-in-one, the MSI Wind Top AE1900.  First spotted on the company's Japanese site back in February, the 18.5-inch nettop has a single-core Intel Atom 230 processor, up to 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive, together with a DVD burner.

 

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MSI GX733 17-inch Turion X2 notebook

MSI GX733 17-inch Turion X2 notebook

MSI have announced a new AMD-based notebook, the 17-inch MSI GX733.  Based on AMD's Turion X2 dual-core CPU, the GX733 has 2GB of RAM (4GB max), up to 500GB hard-drive and ATI Mobility Radeon HD4670 (512MB DDR3) graphics.

 

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MSI X-Slim X340 Air-esque envelope video

MSI X-Slim X340 Air-esque envelope video

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.

Video after the cut

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MSI Wind U123 hitting Japan April 11th for $507

MSI Wind U123 hitting Japan April 11th for $507

The first MSI Wind netbook to use Intel's Atom N280 processor, the U123, will go on sale in Japan on April 11th, priced at 49,800 yen ($507).  The netbook has a 10-inch WSVGA display and comes as standard with 1GB of RAM, though unlike other Wind netbooks the U123 will support up to 2GB.

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MSI N285GTX SuperPipe with 90% thermal efficiancy boost

MSI N285GTX SuperPipe with 90% thermal efficiancy boost

MSI have announced their first video card with SuperPipe technology, using a heatpipe cooling system that is 60-percent thicker than traditional pipes.  The MSI N285GTX SuperPipe combines an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 GPU with a cooling system that's demonstrates 90-percent improvement in thermal efficiency.

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Intel slash CULV CPU prices to tempt manufacturers

Intel is believed to be heavily discounting its CULV processors - by more than 50-percent according to some manufacturers - in an attempt to promote the consumer ultra-low voltage platform.  HP, Dell and Acer are rumored to have been offered CULV chips at $65 each (when bought in bulk), a considerable reduction from the unit list-price of $152.

Acer, ASUS & MSI face tough year as Dell, HP CULV notebooks predicted

Acer, ASUS & MSI face tough year as Dell, HP CULV notebooks predicted

We could see a significant shake-up of the consumer ultraportable notebook segment in the second-half of 2009, claim Taiwanese market sources, as current mainstays Acer, ASUS and MSI find themselves under increased pressure from Dell and HP.  First-tier laptop manufacturers are expected to begin launching entry-level 11- and 13-inch ultraportables based on Intel's Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) platform in Q3 this year.

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MSI R4600 HDMI series: 1080p plus surround sound

MSI R4600 HDMI series: 1080p plus surround sound

MSI have announced a new video card range, the R4600 HDMI series, which as the name would suggest all support native HDMI.  The MSI R4600 HDMI cards output full 1080 high-definition together with 7.1 surround sound, as well as supporting Unified Video Decoder 2.0 to offset digital decoding from the main system CPU.

 

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