MSI's U110 ECO Wind Netbook Goes 9 Hours Strong

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News Posted: Mon, Mar 16 2009 2:48 PM

Man, if MSI doesn't stop popping out new notebooks, people are seriously going to have a tough time deciding whether to jump in now or wait all the way until tomorrow to see what's "just around the bend." As the flood of new MSI machines amazingly continues, the U110 ECO has become the freshest of the fresh for the moment. Not surprisingly, it seems this machine is MSI's answer to Asus' long-lasting Eee PC 1000HE, as it boasts a nine hour maximum battery life and is based on the power-sipping Intel Menlow platform.

Unlike the company's U115 Hybrid, this rig includes just a standard 2.5" HDD (and not an SSD), which makes the battery claims that much more astounding. Other specifications include a 10" LCD (with a 1024 x 600 resolution), 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD3200 graphics set, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB SATA hard drive, 3- / 6-cell battery, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 (optional), a 1.3-megapixel webcam and two built-in speakers. You'll also get three USB 2.0 sockets, a microphone input, headphone output, Ethernet port and a VGA video output.

Much to our dismay, MSI hasn't provided a price or release date yet, so for now, we wait.

U110 ECO Spec

Processor Intel® Atom™ Processor Z530 (1.60GHz)
Operation System

Genuine Windows® XP Home
Genuine Windows®Vista Home Basic

Chipset Intel® Poulsbo US15W
Graphic Ati Mobility Radeon HD3200
Memory DDR2 533MHz, 1 GB (By module only)
(Chipset support to 2GB)
LCD 10" 1024x600  LCD Panel
Storage 160GB or above (2.5" SATA HDD)
Card Reader 4 in 1 (XD/SD/MMC/Memory Stick)
I/O D-sub x 1 , USB 2.0 x 3 , Mic-in , Headphone, RJ45
Battery 3 cells  / 6 cells ( option)
Wireless 802.11b/g/n, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth V2.0EDR (option)
Communication Modem, 10/100/1000 Mbps GbE LAN
Webcam 1.3 M / 2.0M   (Option)
Sound 2 speakers
Dimension 260*180*19-31.5mm
Weight ~1.0 Kg (including 3 cells battery)

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Mar 16 2009 3:51 PM

Uhmmmm... where are the mouse-buttons below the track pad? If it only offers tap-to-click, it's going to be an extreme frustration for most users - especially if it uses the overly sensitive touchpad they put in the GX630 (and provides zero ways to configure them, as they did with the GX630).

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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