MSI Introduces 11.6" U230 Light Netbook With AMD Inside

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If the Wind U230, and its 12.1" display, was just a little too big for your netbook needs, help is soon on the way. MSI has today announced their newest notebook, the U230 Light. It's an interesting one, mostly because it resembles the original in so many ways, but the most obvious difference is the smaller (just barely) 11.6" LCD.

The new U230 Light contains AMD's 2nd Generation Ultrathin Platform and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. The machine weighs just 3.3lbs., and MSI claims that this one is "optimized for energy efficiency and delivers on-the-go computing with low power consumption and energy saving features that use approximately 60 percent less power and deliver twice the battery life of standard notebooks." Of course, as we have often seen in our own testing, actual battery life can vary wildly depending on how much you're using your laptop.

As for specifications, this machine is equipped with an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI output, a VGA output, 1366x768 native resolution, ATI Radeon HD3200 GPU, a 250GB SATA hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and audio in/out. The U230 Light (MSRP $399.99) is currently available on Amazon.com and online and in stores at Office Depot.

 Hot on the Heels of its Successful Wind12 U230 Netbook, MSI Introduces U230 Light with Sleek 11.6” Screen

Compelling Combination of Power and Portability in Svelte Design Available Only in Retail Stores for $399

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced the availability of its 3.3 pound Wind12 U230 Light notebook, with a smaller 11.6-inch high def screen than its 12.1-inch award-winning predecessor, the U230. This new model features AMD's 2nd Generation Ultrathin Platform and Microsoft's latest operating system, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, all driven by the most progressive mobile operating software available.

    “The Wind12 U230 Light is another extension of our very successful ultra slim U Series notebook line”

Product highlights include:

    * HD support and sleek design: Within its portable and elegant form factor, the MSI Wind12 U230 Light notebook has a cinematic 16:9 LED backlit display, a footprint smaller than a sheet of A4 paper and a total weight of 3.3 pounds including battery. It delivers the high performance and expansive field of vision associated with notebooks, with the slimness and portability of a netbook.
    * Solid processing performance: With the new processor from AMD, performance is more than double compared to traditional lightweight notebooks.
    * 60% less power consumption than standard notebooks: As a result of MSI's innovative craftsmanship, the U230 Light is optimized for energy efficiency and delivers on-the-go computing with low power consumption and energy saving features that use approximately 60 percent less power and deliver twice the battery life* of standard notebooks.

*Actual battery performance depends on operating conditions and user preferences.

“The Wind12 U230 Light is another extension of our very successful ultra slim U Series notebook line,” said Andy Tung, vice president of sales and marketing for MSI North America. “It’s a special combination of solid processing performance, HD display and a full sized keyboard for the feel of a notebook, yet it’s packaged in an ultra slim design with remarkable battery life and stylish good looks, which has proven to be very popular with consumers.” 
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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 21 2010 8:46 PM

MSi has been making some nice looking products lately.

Anyone have any experience with their customer suppoer?

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realneil replied on Thu, Jul 22 2010 8:43 PM

I've played around with one ("MSI Wind") for a few weeks and tried XP-Pro, Ubuntu, and Win-7 on it it had 3GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD in it.

Overall it was a fast little motor-scooter and had no problems running all of the mentioned OS's. I had no driver issues with Win-7 or Ubuntu and I pre-downloaded the XP-Pro drivers for it in advance so no issues there either.

It played DVD's and video content on all 3 OS's flawlessly too.

Verdict: Good little computer. I would buy one of them if I didn't already have my HP Lappy.

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acarzt replied on Fri, Jul 23 2010 4:46 AM

I think I might still go with Asus for my next laptop.. but it nice to know i've got some options(outside of the norm)

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