MSI Kicks Out Three New Netbooks: U123 Series



If netbooks are a “dime a dozen” these days, how much value are three new models? That’s what MSI hopes to find out courtesy of their official announcement of the U123 netbooks. All three models share the same guts and form factor, but the U123H and U123T add a little extra something besides another letter in the name. The H includes embedded HSDPA for some speedy wireless broadband action while the T adds a digital television tuner. Other than those differences, all of the U123 netbooks share these not-too-shocking specifications:

  • Intel (S INTC) Atom N280 1.66GHz CPU
  • 945GSE + ICH7-M chipset
  • 1GB of DDR2 533MHz RAM on board in the specs, but the press release says 2GB. Hmmm….
  • 10-inch 1024×600 LED backlit display in 16:10 format
  • 2.5-inch SATA hard drive : 80-, 120-, or 160GB capacity
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support
  • Standard 3-cell battery, 6-cell optional
  • 1.3-megapixel camera standard, 2-megapixel optional
  • Dimensions of 260mm x 180mm x 9.75~33mm and weight of approximately 2.2-pounds

I’m still not sure on the memory due to the conflicting info; my hope is that there’s 1GB of RAM on-board and room for a memory upgrade slot to handle another gigabyte. MSI hasn’t mentioned any price or availability outside of Japan at this time. The company does say that they’ve increased the size between keys to 17.5mm, so I’d like to see how that compares to my ol’ MSI U100.


Carlton Bale

I hope the Shift and Enter keys are in the standard location (and have the standard width) on this model. I find the placement of these 3 keys on the U100 extremely frustrating.

Kevin C. Tofel

Hmmm… everyone’s different of course, but part of the reason I bought the U100 to begin with was the correctly placed and sized Enter and Shift keys as compared to most other netbooks at that time. The comma, period and slash keys are a little small, but that’s my only quibble.

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