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MSI X-Slim X340 gets hands-on, benchmarks

MSI X-Slim X340 gets hands-on, benchmarks

We grabbed some hands-on time with the MSI X-Slim X340 at MobileFocus, but LaptopMag's Mark Spoonauer is obviously far more persuasive (or light-fingered) than we are, as he got to take the slender ultraportable back to his hotel room for the night.  That gave him time to try out the Intel CULV notebook's media credentials, as well as run some preliminary benchmarks.

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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.

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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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