Jun 6 2010

MSI Reveals WindPad 100 Tablet at Computex 2010

MSI just revealed the newest addition to its tech lineup at Computex 2010.  The WindPad 100 is a 10″ (1024×600 resolution) Windows 7 Home Premium tablet powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor and packing 2 GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD hard drive.  The MSI tablet will also feature two USB ports, an HDMI port, as well as a webcam.

Something interesting about the tablet is that is made entirely of plastic.  Sadly, it does feel like it, but on the bright side, the WindPad also weighs in at a mere 1.7 pounds.  The prototype featured at Computex didn’t have any of the ports listed above, but the final product is expected to output 720p video to an HDTV.

The MSI WindPad 100 tablet is expected to hit the market later this year for a cool $499.

Via Engadget.

Jun 6 2010

MSI Introduces MSI La Mode and MSI Serene Netbook Concepts

We haven’t heard from MSI in a while, but rumor on the street is that they’ve come up with two new netbook concepts.  There aren’t much details on these, but here’s what we’ve heard.

The MSI La Mode netbook features a 10″ screen and looks similar to the MSI Wind U160 with a slightly different exterior design.  The “ebony cloth case with wave-pattern and luminescent MSI logo” is designed to help the netbook dissipate heat.

The (also) 10″ MSI Serene netbook will feature MSI’s thermal technology for heat dissipation.  It will not have a fan, so it will be as silent as a ninja when it’s turned on.

These two MSI netbooks might never even come to fruition, but we got excited when heard about them, so thought we’d just share the juicy rumors.

Via NetbookSpain.

May 24 2010

MSI Has Another Trick Up Its Sleeve

MSI, well known for their graphics card and mainboards, are ready to unveil a new product, albeit a slightly recycled idea. Prepare yourselves for the Graphics Upgrade Solution, otherwise known as GUS. The external graphics card interface enables notebook users with weak graphics power to supercharge their capabilities by over 19 times.

The idea isn’t all that new however, as companies such as AMD and Asus XG Station already tried and failed at a similar attempt. Express Card interface is something that presents a problem in this kind of endeavour, but apparently MSI was able to use over 70 percent of the theoretical bandwidth by innovating the design with a shielded copper cable. MSI also plans to move it to the USB 3.0 interface in due time. GUS will most notably be used with mainstream graphics cards like the HD 5670, seeing as it would be unnecessary to use it on higher performance laptops. One particularly interesting feature of GUS is that it has multi-monitor support, enabling up to four simultaneous display outputs, including the notebook.

While this won’t be an incredibly significant boost for notebooks, it will be enable some gaming for certain notebook users. It remains to be seen if such a feature will find its way to netbooks soon.

Via Fudzilla, image via Fudzilla.

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May 20 2010

MSI Introduces the Idea of a SketchBook Netbook/Tablet

Do you like drawing but hate wasting countless pieces of paper for your sketches?  MSI may have a solution for you.

The company has recently released the concept of their Sketchbook netbook/tablet to the public.  This device is essentially a netbook as well as a tablet that allows users to draw on an enlarged trackpad using a stylus. The MSI netbook/tablet combo features a standard QWERTY keyboard, which can be flipped over to expose an enlarged trackpad space.  It might still be unclear how this all works, but here’s a picture for further clarification.

MSI has not yet announced tech specs, launch information, or pricing for this device but there are rumors that it will be formally unveiled at the Computex convention next month.  In the meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

Via Electronista.

Mar 21 2010

MSI Wind 12-U230 Trounces Competition With AMD Congo

MSI Wind is one of the most common family of netbooks in the world.  Usually most netbooks are about the same when it comes to performance, but the Wind 12 is a clear exception.  Using an AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 CPU, it makes quick work of its Atom counterparts.  Its closest competition, the mighty HP Mini 311, is blown out of the water with every benchmark and test.  Indeed, the current generation of netbooks cannot stand a chance against the U230, and Testfreaks’ review leaves no doubt that a departure from the traditional Intel Atom platform yields impressive performance.

What is the reason for such awesome power?  It is a combination of the AMD Athlon Neo X2, dual cores at 1600 MHz, the ATI Radeon HD 3200 with shared memory, and the speedy Seagate Hard Drive.  Of course, this causes a hit to battery life, leaving it at 4 hours, and a boost in price, coming out to be $479 for pre-order.  At the 12.1” 1366 x 768 screen and all these other factors, one has to wonder, is this so much a high-end netbook as a low-end ultra-light notebook?

Via Engadget, image via Testfreaks

Mar 15 2010

MSI Pumps Out Yet Another Laptop: The GE700 Gaming System

MSI, creators of the oh-so-popular Wind line of netbooks, really likes announcing new laptops as well, and now there is another child joining the rapidly expanding family of their products.  Behold: the GE700 laptop, an enhancement over the recently announced GE600 laptop.  Specs are below, and they are pretty good:

  • Intel Core i5
  • ATI Radeon HD5730 with 1 GB VRAM
  • 17.3” “HD+” LCD
  • DDR 3 RAM (2 Slot)
  • Up to two 500 GB HDD
  • Optical Drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • HDMI Port
  • e-Sata Port
  • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • HD (720p) Webcam
  • 6 or 9 cell Battery
  • 7 lb (3.2 kg)
  • A Subwoofer

The GE700 also has MSI’s GPU Boost technology, to enable and disable discrete graphics, and MSI’s ECO Engine Power Saving Technology. Pricing is not out yet, but don’t be surprised if this hits the market pretty soon.  It looks as if MSI plans on giving Alienware a challenge for the gaming notebook market.

Via Engadget, MSI.

Mar 10 2010

MSI’s Wind U160 Netbook: 15 Hours of Battery Life

MSI (Micro-Star International), a netbook manufacturer, has announced the release of the much anticipated “Wind U160” netbook.

At first, the model seems to offer the usual netbook features: an Intel Atom N450 processor, 6-cell battery, Bluetooth functionality, and Windows 7.

However, its design shows innovation and creativity. The Wind U160 has evolved from the traditional clamshell figure to a slim .98 inches. The hinge is very much the same as a normal netbook, but has become more cylindrical with the addition of a power button constructed within. The chassis comes in a stylish gold and black model.

The Wind U160 truly shines above other typical netbooks by offering an outrageous 15 hours of battery life (in the company’s specially designed ECO mode). It’s no surprise that this netbook was the winner of the 2010 iF Product Design competition. Models are currently available starting at $380.

Via Maximum PC

Feb 26 2010

MSI Classic Series Notebooks Released

MSI has come a long way.  From a little known Taiwanese brand, it has gained a foothold in the netbook market with its famed Wind line.  Now, 4 of its latest notebook models are ready for shipping.  They are dubbed the “Classic Series” and we mentioned them during our CES coverage last month. Here are the final specs on some of their siblings:

CR620-030US CR620-033US CR620-31US CR600-234US
CPU Core i3-330M Core i3-330M Core i5-430M Pentium Dual-Core T4500
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 3 GB
HDD 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB
LCD Size 15.6” 15.6” 15.6” 16”
LCD Resolution 1366×768 1366×768 1366×768 1366×768
GPU Arrandale IGP Arrandale IGP Arrandale IGP NVIDIA GeForce 8200M
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Optical Drive DVD-RW Blu-ray combo DVD-RW DVD-RW
Battery Life 3 Hours 3 Hours 3 Hours 3 Hours
Price $630 $700 $730 $530

Other standard features include 1.3 megapixel webcam, multicard reader, VGA/HDMI out, 3 USB 2.0 Ports, Ethernet, and 802.11b/g/n. Unfortunately, the 32-bit OS is a let down, seeing as the 64-bit transition is now a fact of life for all companies and most of the laptops use 4 GB of RAM.

If you are still interested, go check your favorite tech supplier to purchase.

Via AnandTech

Feb 6 2010

MSI Wind U135 Netbook Runs Pine Trail CPU

MSI is taking advantage of the latest Intel Atom Pine Trail CPU with it’s Wind U135 netbook. The MSI Wind has a 250GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and of course, the 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 running Windows 7 Starter Edition. The screen measures 10.1 inches with 1024×600 resolution and the Wind has an Integrated Intel GMA 3150 to take advantage of it. There’s also a six-cell battery option which delivers up to 7.5 hours of life.

The chiclet-style keyboard is designed well, with decent spacing between the keys for comfortable typing. The touchpad, though attractive in the aesthetic sense, is a bit on the small side and does not support multi-touch. Furthermore, while the keyboard keys may give you that satisfying feeling when you type on them, the mouse button unfortunately does not. The LCD screen is LED-backlit and does not skip or lag in full-screen mode, and the speakers are acceptable by netbook standards: high max volume but low sound quality.

Via ComputerShopper and InformationWeek, image via Engadget.

Jan 31 2010

MSI Revamps C-Line To Use Intel Core-i Processors

MSI C-Line
MSI’s “Classic” series has commonly been known as MSI’s budget line of notebooks, lacking a fancy exterior or other premium characteristics.  That isn’t stopping MSI, however, from putting Intel‘s brand new line of  Core i Series CPUs in three C-line models: the CX420, CR420, and CR720.

Overall there isn’t much difference between the three laptops. The CX420 and CR420 will come with relatively plain 1366×768 14″ screens, while the CR720 will have a much larger 1600 x 900 17″ screen.  In addition, the CX420 will have the special honor of getting a discrete ATI Radeon HD5470 for graphics with 1 GB dedicated VRAM.  Other than that, expect vanilla features across the board.

Still, despite the lack of aesthetics or exceptional screen resolution, these may still be products worth watching.  Equipped with Core-is, the MSI C-series computers will most likely be more powerful budget laptops than their mainstream American counterparts.  Pricing will be key.

Via Gizmodo, image via MSI.

Jan 26 2010

MSI’s Dual-Screen Tablet Netbook Could Run The Google Chrome OS

Word on the net says that MSI’s much-anticipated dual-monitor netbook, first seen at CES 2010, will be making an appearance on store shelves within a few months.

The netbook packs two 10″ monitors, one of which can be used as a keyboard with haptic feedback. While initial expectations were that MSI’s dual-screen netbook would run Windows 7, an interview with LaptopMag reveals that it could actually end up running the Google Chrome OS.

MSI says it will launch the netbook with 4.5 hours of battery life and e-reader capabilities. They may also add in a 7″ version of the tablet netbook by the time the original is released in Q3 or Q4.

As can be expected, info on pricing is not yet available, but I’m sure MSI will be doing its best to get the word out once a few more months go by.

Via I4U, image via Engadget.

Jan 19 2010

MSI Sets Sights On Indian Netbook Market

MSI is planning to hit India’s netbook market hard in the near future, according to company representatives. It will deliver not only Atom netbooks but AMD-powered machines as well.

Their lineup is impressive – four netbooks, starting at Rs19,000, and ten notebooks starting at Rs38,000. MSI is adding hi-def displays to many of the netbooks, replacing the Intel chips with AMD CPUs to bypass Intel’s restrictions on certain displays used in netbooks. Samsung did a similar thing with its NC20 netbook last year.

Frank Hsu of MSI explained what MSI means to accomplish in India:

“We are targeting sales of around 60,000 to 80,000 units in India in 2010.”

MSI’s figures in India last year were between 12k and 15k.

Via DnaiIndia.

Jan 16 2010

MSI To Ship U135 Netbook With Moblin Linux 2.1

MSI is planning to ship the MSI U135 netbook with Moblin, a version of Linux, according to a recent press release.

Moblin, like Android, was originally intended for mobile phones but netbooks have benefitted from its expansion into a netbook and tablet OS. Version 2.1 is the one we’ll be seeing in the MSI U135, the version that Intel and Novell optimized for netbooks.

Intel Business Director of Open Source Software Ram Peddibhotla says that “The Moblin project has the potential to become an accessible and widely used computing platform,” and we can’t help but agree, considering the wide variety of excellent features found in the OS.

The MSI U130 has a 10.1-inch screen and the Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail CPU, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and a 250 gig HDD.

Shipping in February 2010, the MSI U135 running Moblin should cost less than its Windows counterpart.

Via Nexus404.

Jan 11 2010

CES 2010: MSI Announces Dual-Screen Netbook Prototypes And New Android E-Reader

MSI has demonstrated a few prototype computers at CES 2010 so far, including two new dual-screen netbooks – a strange category we’ve seen a few times before that hasn’t really been explored in the netbook arena.

The new MSI dual-screen netbooks have touchscreen LCDs, but won’t be used in the manner of the Kohjinsha DZ. Instead, the screens are hinged notebook-style – you can use one as a touchscreen keyboard while operating the other as a laptop display, or you can turn the whole thing on its side and use it like an e-reader

The prototype dual-screen machines come in 10-inch and 7-inch varieties. The netbooks run Intel Menlow CPUs and Windows 7, allowing for 32 GB or 64 GB of solid-state storage.

If they’re ever officially launched, MSI has stated that they will be more expensive than traditional netbooks, though that’s what we expected. MSI also showed off a traditional 10-inch ebook reader at CEs 2010, running Google Android and the Nvidia Tegra.

Via NetworkWorld.

Dec 29 2009

MSI To Show Off Wind & U160 Netbooks At CES 2010

We’ve got about a week left before the January 7 Vegas Consumer Electronics Show 2010, where the latest  netbooks and more will be shown off by all the top retailers. MSI has already released a few tidbits about its upcoming U-series netbooks – the iF Product Design Award winning Wind U160 and the U135, another Wind netbook.

The most information has been released about the MSI Wind U135, which comes with a 1024 x 600 pixel 10-inch LED screen and in four different colors: Trendy Blue, Refined Silver, Cherry Red, and Wind Dancer Black. It will feature a redesigned chiclet keyboard with Color Film Print coating on the exterior, offering “the U135 scratch-resistant and anti-wear properties that keep it looking new after a long period of use… [giving] the entire exterior a sparkling and high quality feel.”

It sounds like a pretty machine, and we’ve only a few more days to wait before we can see what MSI really means to bring to the table in 2010. Get excited.

Via LegitReviews.

Dec 21 2009

MSI Announces U130 and U135 Wind Netbooks Running Intel Atom N450

All kinds of netbooks running the new Intel Atom N450 Pineview chipset have been surfacing today, starting with the new edition of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and then the Fujitsu Lifebook  MH380. MSI is following their announcements with releases of its own – the MSI Wind U130 and U135 netbooks running the N450 processor.

Supposedly, they will be the first netbooks to achieve international WiMax certification. This is a notable step for the netbook world, which has been pushing ever-harder for increased connectivity.Bat

The hardware changes on the new machine should be conservative but much appreciated – a 15% improvement in battery life, 10-inch LCD screens, a webcam, memory card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional 3.5G mobile broadband. Storage options include 160 GB and 250 GB hard disk drives.

Furthermore, the pricing for these new machines isn’t bad at all – £229 ($367) for the U130 and £279 ($447) for the U135.

Via SlashGear.

Dec 7 2009

More On MSI’s Upcoming AMD Netbooks

MSI will soon be launching a new line of larger netbooks in the near future, both of which will run AMD processors. The new machiens are the MSI MS-1243 and MSI MS-1241, which recently showed up on the FCC.

These netbooks should be making an appearance by 2010 with 1366×768 pixel screens in 12.1-inch and 11.6-inch varieties. They are rumored to include 3G mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a TV tuner for an enhanced multimedia experience. Both will run the AMD Athlon Neo CPU.

The MS-1243 and -1241 are also expected to run Windows 7 and a momentous 4 GB of RAM. 250 GB hard drives could be on the way as well, which is great. Both machines will start with 3-cell batteries with the possibility of an upgrade.

Pricing and availability info are unknown for now, but if I had to guess I’d put the MSI MS-1243 and MS-1241 netbooks in the $500-$600 range, due to their huge RAM and other options.

Via TheLink.

Dec 5 2009

2 New MSI Wind Netbooks Spotted on FCC’s Website

Two more versions of the MSI Wind netbook were recently spotted on the FCC’s website. The model numbers for these netbooks are MS-1241 and MS-1243. One model has an 11.6″ screen display while the other has a 12.1″ screen display and both are equipped with AMD processors. The MS-1243 netbook may actually be the MSI Wind U230 that is going through its final checkup before being confirmed for release.

Some other tech specs for the MSI Wind netbooks include b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G WAN, a multicard reader, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, HDMI out, and VGA out. A TV tuner will be optional. The OS is assumed to be Windows 7, as Windows XP is quickly being phased out. The overall weight for these netbooks will fall around 3 pounds.

Via NewNetbookReviews.

Dec 4 2009

Intel Atom N450 Netbook CPU Coming 01/11/09

The date has been confirmed: you’ll be able to get your hands on the all-new Atom N450 line of netbooks from ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and MSI on January 11th, 2009. The new Atom netbook CPU was going to be here in December, but manufacturers have been holding off at Intel’s request.

However, in an effort to not overshoot consumer demand,  most vendors will only stock ‘conservative’ numbers of the new machines. These netbooks will be coming on a wider variety of operating systems than in the past – Moblin, Windows 7, and Windows XP have been mentioned, and everyone is still holding his breath for the Google Chrome OS. Word has it that if you buy a Moblin or XP netbook in January, you can upgrade to Chrome for free by the March release of the Intel Atom N470.

Via I4U.

Dec 1 2009

More On The MSI Wind12 U230 Netbook

Last week, MSI introduced a new netbook prototype showing what it hopes to bring consumers in the near future. It’s called the Wind12 U230, and it rocks up to 4 GB of RAM, an integrated Radeon HD3200 GPU, a SATA hard drive in capacities ranging up to 320 GB as well as Windows 7 Home Premium. Other features include HDMI out, Ethernet, and 3 USBs. This isn’t a netbook to be messed with.

The surface area of the keyboard has expanded while restricting the device to 11.7″ x 7.5″. It’s still light at 1.3 kg. Its 3 cell battery runs for over 4 hours, and while I’d hoped we’d be getting a 6-cell option as well there’s no word on that just yet.

MSI is starting to truly bridge the gap between netbooks and notebooks. This machine will definitely be able to play games you’d otherwise be unable too, though the price tag will likely be high enough to justify what it gets you.

Pricing and availability are unknown for now, but we’ll be on it when the info’s out there.

Via Techspot.

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