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MSI WIND U100

The U100 has selected a 10" wide LCD display as oppose to the typical smaller sizes to provide better comfort while viewing or reading. In addition, t...

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Review of "MSI WIND U100"

published 08/06/2009 | Versicolor1
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Pro Very Portable, Easy To Use, Good Value For Money, Has A Webcam, Quite Fast
Cons Keys Can Be Hard To Press
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"AMAZING Things Come In Small Packages"

Possibly The Best Notebook On The Market


Notebook laptops have become all the rage in the past year or two. Known for their ease of use, ultimate portability and value for money notebooks have become popular amongst university students to office workers. The MSI WIND is a great addition to the large range of notebooks already on the market and is quite possible up there with the best.


A little bit about the WIND


The WIND was created by Taiwan based company Micro Star International. WIND stands for Wi-Fi Network Device so as you would probably imagine this was not designed for serious gaming. It was designed mainly for surfing the internet and typing up documents and believe me there is a lot of space to store all these documents, with an amazing 120-160gb hard drive this will blow all other notebooks away. Tie the huge amount of hard drive space with a 1.6GHz atom porcessor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM and you've got urself a decent office notebook.


Good Aspects


There is a lot of disk space - The 120-160gb hard drive provides ample amounts of space to store documents, movies, pictures and videos.


It is great value for money - You can pick up one of these things for an average price of £275, which in my opinion is great value for money. It has all the features of a £375 laptop apart from the screen size.


It is comfortable - This is a lot easier to use compared to other notebooks. This is because the keys are not as clustered as other notebooks. MSI have spaced the keyboard out to provide maximum comfort and ease of use. The keys are (obviously) still not as easy to type with as a laptop but you can't really expect that from a notebook.


It is fast - The 1.6GHz provides more than enough power to run this little thing effectively, especially when tied with the 1GB of DDR2 RAM. Let me put this in to perspective for the more computer illiterate audience. Basically, a full sized laptop will generally have around 1-2GB of RAM (the more you have the faster your computer/laptop will be) and will have on average a 2GHz processor. This thing is almost as good as a normal laptop, the only difference is the screen and keyboard size.


It is capable of playing some low end games - I was able to play Call Of Duty and Far Cry on lowest detail at around 30 frames per second. I would not advise this this notebook for gaming though.


It has a webcam - In this day and age 1.3mp is nothing to get excited about but it will certainly do for those long distance video chats.


Bad Aspects


The keys can be tough to press - Sometimes the keys can be stiff and hard to push. This is bad especially when in a rush to type up a document.


The Final Verdict


This is a great little notebook. It is small and portable, is fast, cheap, good looking and is more than capable of processing simple tasks such as writing a report aswell as harder tasks such as watching videos and playing games. There is plenty of hard drive space to store music and videos and the 1GB of RAM helps to process things much faster.


Tips


If you are going to buy this notebook i suggest you do and don't do these things...

Do remember that this is only a laptop and that it is not as powerful as most laptops and computers, therefore it cannot do everything a laptop can.

Don't Install lots of software on this. - The more software you have on this the slower and slower your notebook will become.

Don't Throw away the packaging - If you for whatever reason ever need to return this you will need the packaging and everything that came with it in order to get a full refund/exchange.


Thank You for reading.

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  • ben-lloyd published 12/06/2009
    I like the idea but I don't trust the MSI brand.... ;-)
  • blackmagicstar4 published 10/06/2009
    Nice review x
  • retireduser published 08/06/2009
    Great review. Keep it up. ^_^
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Product Information : MSI WIND U100

Manufacturer's product description

The U100 has selected a 10" wide LCD display as oppose to the typical smaller sizes to provide better comfort while viewing or reading. In addition, the high resolution can relief concerns of the full display of web pages while browsing, giving you the freedom when exploring the Internet. The U100 is embedded with the LED power-saving backlight technology in providing better color fullness and brightness, elevating the total quality of imagery. Furthermore, the lower usage of power can offer a longer operating time. The U100 is equipped with the capability of magnifying text within software, so you may magnify any of the words displayed on the monitor freely, making it easier when you are viewing photos, editing or reading documents.

Product Details

Product Description: MSI Wind U100-220UK-BK120A - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 120 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-027EU - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-041EU - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-049EU - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-008 - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 80 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-015 - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-1061EU - 10" - Atom N280 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100 - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 80 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-053US - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 80 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-1616NXP - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-1616XP - 10.2" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD, MSI Wind U100-1618XP - 10" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 80 GB HDD

Product Type: Netbook

Operating System: Win XP Home, Win XP Home SP3, Win XP Home - Dutch / English / French / German / Greek, SuSE Linux 10.1, Windows 7 Starter

Processor: Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz / 512 KB Cache, Intel Atom N280 / 1.66 GHz / 512 KB Cache

Memory: 1 GB DDR2, 1 GB

Storage: 120 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD, 80 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Display: 10" LED backlight 1024 x 600 / WSVGA, 10" 1024 x 600 / WSVGA, 10" LED backlight 1024 x 600 / WSVGA - matt, 10.2" LED backlight anti-reflective 1024 x 600 / WSVGA, 10" LED backlight anti-reflective 1024 x 600 / WSVGA

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth , 10/100 Ethernet

Battery: 3-cell, 6-cell

Colour: Black, White, Pink

Dimensions (WxDxH): 26 cm x 18 cm x 3.2 cm, 26 cm x 18 cm x 3.1 cm, 26 cm x 18 cm x 3 cm

Weight: 1.1 kg, 1 kg, 1.17 kg, 1.2 kg, 1.04 kg, 1.3 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty, 1 year warranty

Manufacturer: MSI

Long Name: Wind U100-1616W7S, Wind U100-1615W7S

Type: Netbook

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Operating System

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

General

MPN: U100-220UK-BK120A, U100 PLUS-880UK-BK160F, U100 PLUS-634UK-WT160F, U100 PLUS-880UK, U100 PLUS-634UK, U100 PLUS-441UK, U100-009UK-SWT120A, U100-027EU, U100-041EU, U100-210UK-PK120A, U100-049EU, U100-054UK-PK80A, U100W-011NL LOVE, U100-008 BLACK, U100-221UK-BK160A, U100-222UK-WT120A, U100-249UK-WT160B, U100-291UK-BK160B, U100 PLUS-064UK-WT160D, U100 PLUS-210UK-BK160D, U100-015, U100-098UK-BK160E, U100-290UK-PK160B, U100-612UK-WT160E, U100 PLUS-441UK-PK160F, U100-1061EU, U100-030US, 0011221-SKU3, U100-053US, 0011221-SKU31, 0011221-SKU42, 0011221-SKU20, 0011221-SKU350, 0011221-SKU201, 0011221-SKU22, 0011221-SKU1, 011221-SKU11

Product Type: Netbook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - Dutch / English / French / German / Greek, SuSE Linux 10.1, Microsoft Windows 7 Starter

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz, Intel Atom N280 / 1.66 GHz

Cache: L2 - 512 KB, 512 KB

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz, 667 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GSE Express, Intel 945GSE Express, Mobile Intel 945GMS Express

Memory

RAM: 1 GB, 1 GB ( 1 x 1 GB ), 1 GB ( provided memory is soldered )

Max RAM Supported: 2 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 667 MHz / PC2-5300, 667 MHz

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 1

Empty Slots: 0, 1

Storage

Main Storage: 120 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD, 80 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Display

Type: 10", 10.2"

LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

Resolution: 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Features: Anti-glare, Matt, Anti-reflective

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0, Shared Video Memory (UMA)

Camera: Integrated webcam

Resolution (MP): 1.3 Megapixel

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio, Sound Blaster

Max Allocated RAM Size: 128 MB, 224 MB

Codec: Realtek ALC888S

Image Sensor Type: CMOS

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Features: MSI Ergonomic Big-Size Keyboard

Communications

Wireless: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet

Battery

Technology: 3-cell Lithium Ion, 3-cell, 6-cell, 6-cell Lithium Ion, Lithium Ion

Capacity: 4400 mAh

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 1 x memory ( 0 free )

Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x headphones - output ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45

Memory Card Reader: 4 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card )

Miscellaneous

Colour: Black, White, Pink

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Included Accessories: Carrying case, Sleeve, External speakers, optical mouse

Compliant Standards: WHQL

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 26 cm

Depth: 18 cm

Height: 3.2 cm, 3.1 cm, 3 cm

Weight: 1.1 kg, 1 kg, 1.17 kg, 1.2 kg, 1.04 kg, 1.3 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty, 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years - pick-up and return, Limited warranty - 2 years, Limited warranty - 2 years - on-site, Limited warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 2 years - pick-up and return

Software

Software Included: Microsoft Office (Trial), MSI Q-Face, Adobe Reader 9.1, Windows Live 3, MSI BurnRecovery, WinRAR

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

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