I actually can’t fault MSI too much for this one. When I last saw the MSI X-Slim X340 device a few weeks ago, we heard it would be around $1,000. Turns out that MSI is offering it at $1,099 and although that’s a 10 percent price boost from what we heard, the company never announced an official price point that I know of.
I still find the X340 alluring due to the slim factor, but the proof is in the pudding. Or in this case, the new Intel Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processor. Essentially, the SU3500 is a Core 2 Solo CPU running at 1.4GHz and using upwards of only 5.5 watts, i.e.: another compromise attempt between power consumption and performance. One huge difference between this and Intel’s Atom is in the price and I’m wondering if that aspect is part of the $99 boost: a comparable Atom CPU is around $45 while the SU3500 runs around $260.
It’s worth noting that we’ll be seeing many more slim and smallish notebooks running on Intel’s CULV platform arrive this year. They just so happen to compete with that AMD Neo platform that powers the HP dv2 I’m putting through the paces. Although that notebook is a wee bit smaller and thicker, it comes in at a more affordable $749 price point. Too bad I can’t get my hands on the MSI X-Slim for a little head-to-head competition!