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MSI Ships Wind U135 Special Edition Netbook

MSI Ships Wind U135 Special Edition Netbook

MSI's new Wind U135 netbook is now available. As the first of the Wind models to feature the Intel Pine Trail Platform with the Atom N450 processor, the Wind U135 Special Edition Netbooks are available today for prices starting at $309.99.

The Wind U135 Special Edition Netbooks will come in Silver, Charcoal, Ruby, and Sapphire and feature a 160GB or 250GB hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and Windows 7 Starter edition. Additional specifications are available below.


MSI US Announces Availability of Wind U135 Special Edition Netbook Commemorating the Millions of Wind Units Sold Worldwide

The U135 is the first Wind model to feature Intel’s Pine Trail Platform

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – January 26, 2010 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is proud to announce the availability of the MSI Wind U135 netbook. These special edition netbooks commemorate the millions of Wind models sold globally and are the first to feature the powerful, yet efficient Intel Pine Trail Platform with the Atom™ N450 processor. Available in Silver, Charcoal, Ruby and Sapphire, the newest addition to the Wind family also features a 160GB or 250 GB hard drive, 1 GB of DDR2 memory and Windows 7 Starter and start at $309.99.

The U135’s new CPU and single chipset architecture combine to consume just 7 watts, increasing battery life by 15% and overall performance by as much as 10%. Consumers can choose between a 3-cell or 6-cell battery, with the later delivering a battery life of up to 7.5 hours.

   
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The U135’s battery life also benefits from MSI’s exclusive MSI ECO Engine Technology and an efficient LED display. The ECO Engine technology allows users to choose from 5 power modes–Gaming, Movie, Presentation, Document and Turbo Battery–to customize the power supply based on usage requirements.

The U135 also features several design upgrades including a new raised chiclet keyboard and a color film printed case. The elevated keys are 20% larger, firm to the touch and improve typing accuracy and user comfort. The U135’s stylish color film printed case prevents smudging, giving the netbook a glossy finish. MSI also packed a 1.3M webcam, D-Sub port, 3 USB 2.0 ports and 4×1 card reader into the portable lightweight U135.

The new Wind U135 is available now at retailers such as Fry’s Electronics and Comp USA, and online at Amazon and Newegg for $309.99 – $329.99. MSI offers a 1-year limited warranty with the U135 and extended customer services hours at 1-888-447-6564.
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Now we just have to see where the market goes after tomorrow. I know other companies have tablets, but I think if Apple drops one at the conference it will have a direct visibility effect on it. Trendy things get noticed better like the I-phone has become. I wonder how it will effect the netbook market though.

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Netbooks are great things for travelers and the average user. They can handle most basic task many people use PCs for. It will be nice in a few more years when something this small can handle what current high end laptops and PC can do.

They don't really appeal to me cause they are too small and have no real power. But like I said it will be nice when they have the power that high end laptops and PCs have. I guess I prefer to always have too much power than not enough.

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I am actually thinking about getting a netbook for my daughter. I will see where they go this early spring. I really don't think she needs to much more. Of course for a hundred more I could get a laptop as well.

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Yeah Bighorse, I was actually quite surprised when I worked on one the first time. It was the Asus with the ssd (the really small one) 8 inch screen etc. I am not saying it was fast, but it did general stuff fine. So one of the new ones with a dual core and at least a system SSD and 2 gig memory would fly I am pretty sure at least at general tasks.

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I'm glad we're finally getting rid of the underpowered Intel's N270 processor. This netbook would be a lot more appealing if it came with Nvidia's ION, like the HP Mini 311. 1GB memory is a little on the low side, 2GB should start becoming standard later this year. The larger key size and smudge-free exterior are good additions.

I don't know if the future for netbooks is so bright with all the new ultra-portable laptops on the market such as the Dell Adamo XPS and Sony VAIO Z.

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Rapid1 has a good point, The apple announcement tomorrow will effect the whole 'Little-PC' industry and at this point, we don't know to what degree it will happen. With the Apple Tablet hanging in the balance, now is a terrible time to buy anything small.

This little PC is a nice design and would be good for travelling with if I already didn't have a full sized laptop. I like the price point too.

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realneil:

This little PC is a nice design and would be good for travelling with if I already didn't have a full sized laptop. I like the price point too.

 

A large number of people agreed with you and that's why we saw such exponential growth in the netbook market these past couple of years.

 

realneil:

Rapid1 has a good point, The apple announcement tomorrow will effect the whole 'Little-PC' industry and at this point, we don't know to what degree it will happen. With the Apple Tablet hanging in the balance, now is a terrible time to buy anything small.

 

Indeed, the tablet will be in line to challenge netbooks, in addition to e-readers. It's a shame MSI was a little late to the punch since they make such quality products.

The tablet announcement is only two hours away and Apple's stock has been fluctuating all morning.

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I see this a little different gibbersome see if you agree with my assessment here. On the PC side of things the mobility factor has been ruled by netbook and UL equipment. While the smartphone definitely has a presence it has been more limited.

On the Apple side of things it has originated with the iPhone rather than the netbook UL and with the introduction of this tablet it will extend up from the smart phone.

So although both paths (PC or Apple) will basically get to the same point (mobility and functionality) from different angles it is going the same way. Much like I have said annd you have commented on I think we are going to an all inclusive device for all uses (My e-reader, cell phone, net/notebook idea). In many cases this also applies to the Mobile hotspot on the Palm units as well but in a different sense.

Either way humanity is going for an all connected all usable device anywhere and everywhere. If you ever read any of the Cyberpunk books (and yes terminator/Matrix scenarios as well) in many ways is becoming reality now. As well as the Isaac Asimov etc preface.

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Please forget I said any of this about the apple tablet I let it go to my head.

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Lol, I understand what you mean. The tablet isn't as revolutionary as any of us thought it would be. I hope they add a lot of the features people want in the next generation of the product. Even the initial iPhone was released without 3G and with very low memory options (4 and 8GB models).

Yeah, I'm waiting for the all inclusive device and sadly the tablet is not it. The closest we have to such a device is the iPhone.

 

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As for these units they look nice. The components seem nice as well although I would like to see a netbook with USB3. The price line is prety good to for what you get.

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