MSI Brings Winds of Change With U200 Notebook

msi-wind-u200Feel the breeze? That’s the new Wind notebook from MSI. Yes, I said notebook and not netbook for this Wind, which we first heard about during Computex. The Wind12 U200 is a larger device than the Wind netbook line and doesn’t include an Intel Atom under the hood. MSI is taking advantage of the larger 12.1″ display to provide a resolution of 1366×768. The official press release calls the screen a “16:9 HD-ready Glittering Crystal Frameless Screen,” which I take as glossy, since I’ve never seen glittering crystals on a display.

While larger than a netbook, the U200 (full specs here) doesn’t weigh all that much more: 1.3 kilograms with the included 6-cell battery. There’s no information on the actual battery capacity, but MSI touts a run-time of 6.5 hours thanks to the Intel Consumer Ultra Low Voltage platform. If that’s true, that’s essentially the same run-time as my MSI Wind U100 netbook, but with a larger screen and a performance boost. The Intel chipset also allows for a full 4GB of RAM to be used. System memory is shared with the Intel GMA 4500 MHD graphics solution. The standard connectivity and ports are available, including an HDMI out.

LAPTOP Magazine got a brief hands-on back in June and liked both the larger keys and edge-to-edge screen. Their expectation back then was a price range of $499 to $699, but MSI’s official release doesn’t mention price nor availability. I did check my standard online sources here in the U.S., but didn’t find anyone yet selling the U200.


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