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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AMD has been keeping Congo in the works for the release of Windows 7 as a competitor to Intel’s Atom, but it will soon be rearing its ultraportable head in the soon-to-be-released MSI Wind 12 U230. With a 12.1” monitor, it’s no netbook, but it packs a solid punch while staying under three pounds, though you may be able to clear three pounds if you order the six-cell-battery instead of the three.
It’s that exciting.
Specifically, the punch will contain up to 4 GB of RAM, up to 320 GB of hard drive space, and a 1366×768 screen resolution, along with the Congo platform, designed for multimedia usage and longer batter life, all in a package only 0.9-1.2” thick.
WiMax is the newest generation of high-speed wireless communications technology and MSI has spent an extraordinary amount of R&D resources on developing this fourth generation wireless technology for their netbooks and notebooks especially.
MSI has announced that they are the first company in the world to release a netbook that’s able to support WiMax – the MSI Wind U120.
In addition to the U120 netbook, MSI’s X-Slim X340 and X600 laptops featuring CULV platforms are the first Taiwan-based brand to receive the WiMax Forum Certification.
MSI is releasing its new U210 netbook to Canadian retailers. It’s been available in the States since September 2009.
The MSI Wind U120 netbook has a 12.1-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel HD-capable screen. It runs for four hours – weak considering that it runs a 6-cell battery. This is likely due to the 1.6 GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 chip replacing the traditional Intel Atom.
The netbook has otherwise standard specs – 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB HDD, a 1.3 megapixel camera, HDMI out, 3 USBs, VGA, and a card reader. It comes in black, blue, and white.
The MSI Wind U110 ECO netbook may not necessarily be a super netbook, but it no doubt is equipped with a super battery. This 10″ netbook (with screen resolution of 1024×600) that features a 1.60GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor and a 160 GB hard drive boasts a battery that lasts for a whopping 13+ hours!
The U110 netbook is also equipped with two speakers, a high-definition webcam, a built-in microphone, and Bluetooth. It’s currently available for $429.99.
While it’s easy to get excited about a particularly awesome netbook, MSI seems to have gone above and beyond the call of duty in a recent press release for the MSI Wind12 U200 featuring the altogether fantastic subtext ‘Genie of the Wind, Unlimited Magic’. Holy shit.
All ridiculosity aside, the MSI Wind12 U200 is either a netbook or a ‘CULV laptop‘ depending how much you like correcting people. But I’m getting off topic – here are a few gems from the creators of the Wind netbook:
“…The MSI Wind12 U200 is like a dancing fairy, possessing a light and agile body…”
“…[It] presents you with the most comfortable and splendid display, able to show off the vastness of the ocean and the land…”
“…You’ll hardly notice its weight at all while on the road…”
“…A Wide View With Boundless Reach…”
“…Marvelous Software Gives You Unlimited Joy…”
Unlimited joy? That’s a tall order for under $1000!
All joking aside, the press release is an entertaining read if you’re interested in the MSI Wind12 U200 netbook. It describes the features you can expect, albeit in superlative terms, so go have a look.
Gaming PC maker iBuyPower announced Wednesday a plan to bundle free MSI Wind netbooks with a selection of gaming computers, functioning as a curious way to get student gamers and budget buyers to choose their products.
The MSI Wind U100 is the netbook in question, which will be bundled with iBuyPower’s “Power Bundle” gaming rig. The systems have AMD Phenom II and Intel Core i7 CPUs and graphics cards in either ATI Radeon HD 4850/4890 or Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+GTX 285 varieties.
The PCs will have up to 12 GB of DDR3 memory, a hefty order, and will sell for a similarly hefty $1179-$1849. Bundling the MSI Wind U100 seems to give the good value, so you can keep your Power Bundle gaming computer in your dorm while carrying around the MSI netbook to class.
iBuyPower seems confident the deal will be worth your while:
“With a Power Bundle, users have more flexibility. Purchasing one laptop for both mobile and home use requires a sacrifice in both mobility and gaming power. The lightweight netbook is more portable than a 17” desktop replacement, which can weigh as much as 20 pounds and is definitely not the ideal mobile solution for taking notes in class or studying in a coffee shop. Additionally, a traditional gaming PC offers a superior graphics, processing power, and upgradability to deliver a gaming experience that cannot be matched by any notebook.”
Check out the iBuyPower website for more details.
The 12.1″ U210 netbook has an LCD display with 1366×768 resolution, is powered by a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU and an ATI Radeon X1250 GPU, and has 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive – not bad specs at all for a netbook. Like many other netbooks, this device also has b/g/n Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam.
The U210 has a six-celled battery, which supposedly allows the netbook up to five hours of runtime. Dimensions of this machine are 7.4″x11.7″x1.2″ and it weighs roughly 3.2 pounds.
According to Intel, the Pine Trail platform is not yet perfected, but the company hopes to start shipping to its customers before the end of this year. Hoping to be the first to the market with a Pine Trail netbook, MSI is eagerly awaiting for Intel to put the finishing touches on the Pine Trail platform.
MSI hopes to introduce the Pine Trail platform with their 10″ Wind U150 netbook. The Pine Trail platform is different from other previous Intel Atom processors because it combines the CPU and the GPU into one chip instead of having two separate chipsets. Intel’s new platform is also expected to have 20+% better power consumption.
There’s no other new information just yet on the MSI Wind U150 touchscreen netbook, but when there is, we’ll be sure to let you know.
The MSI Wind U200 netbook had a launch back in May of this year, but the company has just only recently officially announced this 12.1″ device.
The U200 will be powered by one of two Intel Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processors, either the 723 or the SU3500, and be able to support up to 4 GB of RAM. Here’s a more comprehensive list of some tech specs of this machine:
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
- Chipset GS45 + ICH9M-SFF
- VGA GMA 4500 MHD
- Memory Type DDR2 667/800Mhz
- 160/250/320GB SATA HD
- Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n
- I/O Card Reader 4-in-1 (support SD, MMC, MS XD)
- Communication LAN 10/100/1000
- (Optional) Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0 Ports
With a 6-cell battery, the U200 is expected to last for roughly 6.5 hours when running in ECO Turbo mode,. This is a good amount of time, considering the 12.1″ screen size. Three-celled or nine-celled battery options are also available for this machine. With a 3-cell battery, the U200 weighs roughly 1.4kg. The netbook is 31mm at its thickest point.
Pricing is not yet available for the MSI Wind U200 netbook, but it should be soon, since the AMD version of this machine (the Wind U210 model) is already available in Europe.
This is insane. Some guy over in the Czech Republic hacked a battery from the MSI Wind netbook, turning it into a USB charging port. Believe it or not, he can charge his iPhone twice in a row, and the battery still works in his netbook!
Luckily for you hardcore modders out there, this guy made a how-to video (underscored by European techno) showing you how to mod your netbook to have a USB charging port as well. Check it out.