With netbooks eating up nearly a quater of all mobile computing sales, and becoming an even more attractive option with their low price points, major manufacturer’s have been adding new and unique units to their lineups on a regular basis; however, few have yet to break the standard mold as MSI has done with the Wind U210.
The typical recipe for a netbook involves an Intel Atom processor, sub 11inch screen, poor integrated graphics, and a keyboard that often leaves a lot of be desired. MSI has reworked the formula into what it believes has the potential to be a smashing success.
The core of the U210 revolution, is that it adopts AMD’s new Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU, operating at 1.6GHz, and is coupled with a chipset supporting integrated ATI Radeon X1250 graphics. It comes standard with 2GB DDR2 Ram and a 250GB mechanical hard drive. The unit does have a larger physical footprint, with a 12.1inch screen, but a resolution of 1366X768 (a 16:9 aspect ratio), makes this a perfect candidate for real 720P HD video, provided the hardware can keep up. Even with its larger dimensions, MSI has kept the weight manageable at only 2.8lbs.
One of the more anticipated features for those turned off by a cramped keyboard, is the MSI EDS (Ergonomic De-stress) design. It increases the size of the keys by 51% over that of a traditional keyboard and is said to be comfortably laid out to reduce stress on the hands and fingers, making for a much smoother typing experience.
The Wind U210 also includes a variety of external ports including 3 x USB 2.0, audio jacks, LAN connection and wireless 802.11 b/g/n along with a 4-in-1 memory card reader, HDMI and VGA video outputs.
All of this operates on a 6-cell battery which provides roughly 4 hours of usage and is now available from North America retailers with an MSRP of $429 USD.
MSI Warranties the unit for a period of one year. More details can be found on MSI’s website here