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MSI Introduces Wind U180 Netbook With Cedar Trail

MSI Introduces Wind U180 Netbook With Cedar Trail

MSI revealed a new Wind U180 ultra light netbook with Intel's latest Cedar Trail Atom processing platform. This netbook features twice the processing and display performance as the previous generation netbook. It also touts a battery life of eight hours. The Wind U180 measures less than one inch thick and weighs about 2.2 pounds. In addition to the new generation dual-core Intel Atom N2800 processor, the Wind U180 also supports DDR3 system memory. You'll also find a power-saving 10.1-inch LED backlit display with a response time of just 8 milliseconds in this netbook.

MSI Wind U180 Netbook
The height of fashion, performance

MSI unveiled its all-new powerful Wind U180 for 2012. This ultra thin, ultra light netbook features Intel's new generation, power-sipping, high performance Cedar Trail Atom processing platform packed in a snazzy chassis. It boasts twice the processing and display performance of the previous generation netbook as well as eight hours of battery power, so it doesn't run out of energy before you do. In addition, it comes with MSI's own TDE overclocking technology to maximize processor performance. The Wind U180 strikes the ideal balance between performance and style as well as between technology and art.

Taipei—The Wind U180, meticulously crafted by MSI for 2012, marks a new zenith in computer technology, offering both performance and an esthetically pleasing looks. It comes in minimalist black, angel white or lavender, is less than one-inch thin, tips the scales at just 1kg, and is sheathed in MSI's own attractive IMR color film print to prevent scratches and smudges. Let this highly mobile piece of computer technology add color to your life.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that the MSI Wind U180, a new generation netbook characterized by painstaking attention to craftsmanship and innovation, not only packs significantly more power, it is the ideal solution to meet today's mobile multimedia needs. Its display is some three times more powerful than that of the previous generation, enabling the high resolution LED screen to show much more detail and color. What's more, the HDMI slot allows you to connect the U180 netbook to a large HDTV to maximize multimedia entertainment.

Double the power, double the fun

Intel's Atom processor: The stylish MSI Wind U180 netbook comes optional with the new generation dual-core Intel Atom N2800 processor with advanced 32nm-based process which works in conjunction with the Intel NM10 high-speed chip set. It not only effectively enhances processor and overall system performance by more than 20% over previous generation netbooks, it also supports DDR3 system memory, while using much less power than the earlier platform. This new generation netbook brings high performance under the hood of a lean, mean, beautifully constructed machine.

All-new media engine: The MSI Wind U180 utilizes the latest generation display graphics technology, enabling it to play high resolution 1080p movies, and it supports digital display and conferencing capabilities, such as HDMI. The internal Intel Graphics Media Accelerator works in conjunction with the integrated memory control to boost performance and system response. The display graphics performance is double that of the previous generation platform. You can watch movies or hook it up to an HDTV without compromising picture quality.

MSI TDE overclocking technology: The MSI Wind U180 comes with MSI's own epoch making TDE overclocking technology to speed up the processor clock, instantly throttling up performance. It optimizes the hardware which works in coordination with up to 2GB of DDR3 system memory to provide you a light and fast computing experience.

Stylish colors

Chic, slim, light exterior: The Wind U180's ultra slim, ultra light netbook sports a unique display axle and offers you a choice of minimalist black, angel white or lavender chassis protected from scratching and wear by the attractive IMR color film print. The palm-placement areas are sheathed in an attractive gleaming cover which adds to the overall elegance of the MSI Wind U180.

Unique Chiclet keyboard: The MSI Wind U180 has a stylish Chiclet keyboard with independent key design for quieter, more solid action. With each strike of the keyboard, you will understand that MSI truly does insist on the best in each and every detail.

Attention to detail

Swirl design touchpad: The Wind U180 employs MSI's own swirl design touchpad which gives the keyboard area a stylishly minimalist look and enhances touch detection for smoother cursor movement.

Super thin 10-inch LED screen: The MSI Wind U180 sports a power-saving 10.1" LED backlit display with a response time of just 8 milliseconds—more than twice as fast as traditional notebooks, to give you a smooth, crisp picture with greater detail and brighter colors when watching movies and animation. This netbook offers the visual quality of a cinema.

Ultimate mobility, extended battery power

MSI's ECO power saving technology: MSI's exclusive ECO engine power saving technology allows you to select from among five power management levels—Video Game, Film, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery, with the touch of a finger, so you can effectively extend battery power time 33% over the previous generation. Tests show that the 6-cell battery can power the MSI Wind U180 for 8 hours to give you all the power you need for the entire day.

*Actual battery time will vary with differences in computer use and settings.

Bluetooth and wireless network support: In addition to providing 8 hours of battery power, the MSI Wind U180 also supports a complete array of wireless connectivity with 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 3.0+HS, making connecting with the world simple. Enjoy advanced future mobile computing technology today.

U180 Spec


Intel® Atom™ Processor N2800 (1.86GHZ) / N2600(1.6 GHZ)


Intel NM10


GMA 3650


DDR3 800MHz/1066 MHz; support up to 2 GB(1 DIMM slot)


10" (1024 x 600) ultra slim


320/250 GB (2.5” SATA)

Card reader

2 in 1 (support SD,MMC)


USB 2.0*2 , HDMI *1


3 cells / 6 cells


802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+HS


0.3 M Webcam


HD Audio, Stereo speakers


263 x 186 x 21.26mm


1 Kg (with 3 cell battery)


Microsoft ® Windows® 7 Starter


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HDD 320/250 GB (2.5” SATA) ? or SSD . if that is HDD i think that is a low storage capacity there O_o. Not even one 3.0 Usb? ummmm. This better be cheap :)

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Cedar Trail hasn't changed the NM10 Express Chipset, which means there is still no integrated USB 3.0 Controller and one has to be added to provide USB 3.0 on these ATOM netbooks and that in turn means higher cost for the system. So you'll only see them on more premium netbook models like the Asus Eee PC 1025CE.

Models with the Intel ATOM 1.6GHz N2600 will tend to be the more budget models, focusing more on lower costs and longer run times.

While for models with the Intel ATOM 1.86GHz N2800, companies have the option for adding USB 3.0, up to 4GB of RAM, and other extras. It of course helps if the manufacturer makes a more premium version of the system to offer the better specs but don't expect much from models that only change the CPU, as they usually only change HDD and battery for those models.

General problem is Intel and others are focusing on getting ready for Windows 8. So there are a lot of delays for things like Windows 7 64bit drivers, DirectX 10.1 optimized GMA drivers, support for many of the new features Intel is starting to push will be delayed, and many companies have reduced interest in the netbook market.

So it may be near the end of the year before we see really better models being released.

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It is 2012 we have to advance how you are going to release a product with old features. O_o I think it was better to be released in 2011.When people upgrade is because  upcoming products have big improvement and good features that will be worth the upgrade, and not just when they change the cpu .The 8 hours of battery use sounds good, plenty of time to do what you want to do, though.Well that's how i think.Your opinion is good too :)

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Cedar Trail also improves the power saving modes. So for example sleep/suspend is much more efficient and a fully charged 6 cell can last up to 2 weeks, meaning you can just wake the system most of the time instead of booting or waking from hibernation.

The N2600 is pretty efficient as well with the max TDP of just 3.5W, not counting the other system components. So you can expect more run time than even a single core 1.66GHz N455 would have given you. While the PowerVR based GMA media decoder can let you watch HD videos with pretty low power usage.

The only downside is better power efficiency allows them to lower costs by using smaller capacity batteries, meaning more 3 cell or sealed internal models, but systems still sold with good size batteries should provide 8-12 hours depending on the capacity of the 6 cell and even longer if you manage a 3rd party 9 cell.

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I like the idea of 8Hr. battery life. I think that if it had an SSD in it, they would be saying so.

I know from experience that MSI really has Netbook design and implementation covered. Every single one of them that I've seen was of exceptional quality.

Depending on the price, this would probably make my short-list of what to buy.

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I don't understand.

I have the MSI Wind U180 but i want to use all the capability of the Intel N2800 64bit by installing Microsoft Windows 7 home premium 64bit instead of the Windows 7 Starter i got , plus other apllicaation changes after that.

For this upgrade i need to upgrade the RAM to 4GB.

Intel say as well as JDiaz here, that the cpu support up to 4GB DDR3 RAM , but MSI declare it's only upgradable up to 2GB.

I've tryed to send MSI a support ticket but they are not answering for 2 weeks.

This netbook wrork extrimly fast, and the 6-cell buttery did last for 8 Hours and more,

but the 1GB i've got with it is always have capacity of 90%, and multi tasking of more then 2 apllication is almost imposible.

What IN THE HARDWARE can limit the capability of the system to only 2GB?

maybe MSI want to to keep the market price low, and when you're not selling systems with 64bit OS the maximum capacity is 2GB.

Any ideas?

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Models with the Intel ATOM 1.6GHz N2600 will tend to be the more budget models, focusing more on lower costs and longer run times.

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