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Monday, January 18, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Review MSI Wind U135 Netbook

"The best design offers ultimate ease and joy." - is what MSI's Chief Industrial Designer is said to have stated in connection with the Wind U135. Well, we can basically verify the simplicity of handling the netbook, but joy on design is an issue as such. Our black prototype's great tendency to smudge smothers the initial exhilaration very quickly, in our opinion. Furthermore, there is glare type display that principally shows respectable assessment data, but is at a disadvantage in adverse light conditions in comparison to displays with a matt surface.

It's necessary to remark the good case stability as well as the very pleasant to use keyboard.

You get the usual Wind fare that correlates to the positioning in the netbook sector in terms of connectivity. This also applies to the netbooks performance, despite brand new Intel hardware. The Intel N450 CPU with the GMA 3150 graphic chip places itself on the same level as its predecessors (N280/GMA950) but has the advantage of a significantly lower power consumption.

The Wind U135 reaches up to 7 hours in the battery test. This is a feasible rate but still lags far behind the identically equipped Asus Eee 1005p. The netbook's soundscape, in particular the always present fan, could be an issue for sensitive ears. The price will likely also be decisive for the Wind U135's success, which is estimated at less than 300 euro, according to first information. A serious competitor, the Asus Eee 1005p, with a street price on about the same level is already being sold.


Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz

Intel NM10

1024 MB, DDR2, max 2GB

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 - MB

10.1 inch 16:9, 1024x600 pixel, WSVGA LED TFT, glossy: yes

Fujitsu MJA2250BH G2, 250GB 5400rpm

Realtek ALC662

3 USB, 1 VGA, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: microphone, headphone, Card Reader: 4in1 (SD,MMC,MS,XD),

Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), 802.11 b/g/draft-n (bgn), 2.1+EDR Bluetooth

height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 180 x 260

1.27 kg Power Supply: 0.33 kg

49 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1V 4400mAh

300 Euro

Microsoft Windows 7 Starter 32 Bit

Webcam: 1.3MP, 24 Months Warranty,