I’m not sure now many different X-Slim notebooks that MSI can keep track of, but add another one to the list today. The X430 is the latest thin-and-light from MSI weighing in at 3.3 pounds — not bad for a notebook with a 14″ display. At that size, I think it could stand a higher resolution than 1366 x 768, but all the cool kids seem to be running that res nowadays. Unlike many other notebooks in this space, MSI opted for AMD’s second generation Neo platform that uses up to 18W of juice in lieu of the Intel CULV (s intc) package. The dual core AMD Athlon Neo X2 (s amd) is paired with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD3200 graphics chip which shares memory from the included 2 GB RAM module.
Other goodies include:
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
- Stereo speakers
- Ethernet port, Bluetooth (optional), 802.11 b/g/n
- 320 GB or 500 GB hard drive
- 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB, 2-in-1 card reader
- 4 or 8 cell battery
No word on price or availability just yet, but I’d hazard a guess of around $700 street price when it becomes available.