MSI Introduces 12" AMD-Powered Wind12 U250 Netbook

MSI has been rolling out new notebooks at quite the rapid pace lately, and the latest is a new netbook. But not just an average netbook--this is one of the largest netbooks on the market, which may satisfy those who were looking to split the difference between a typical netbook and an ultraportable.

12" netbooks aren't completely unheard of, but they aren't nearly as common as 10" netbooks. But MSI's Wind line is expanding with a new 12" model, the Wind12 U250. Boasting an ultrathin profile and the "Nile" platform, this AMD-powered machine has a dual-core Athlon II Neo (Geneva) processor, a 12.1" panel, support for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 1366x768 native resolution, 4-in-1 card reader, HDMI/VGA outputs, three USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, a 3/6-cell battery, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 1.3MP webcam and two speakers.

MSI also ships this machine with its own Ergonomic De-Stress) keyboard with keys that are 51% larger in area compared to other netbooks, and it's designed to run for around 5.5 hours on a single charge. Finally, the Cobra Gray color film print is engineered to both protect against scratches and wear. As nice as the package sounds, no details are being shared when it comes to a price or ship date.

MSI Wind12 U250
Broaden your mobile computing horizons

Taipei—MSI has officially rolled out this year’s 12.1-inch masterpiece—the Wind12 U250 which boasts under the hood the most advanced mobile computing architecture on the market. It features AMD 2010 ultrathin platform – "Nile" with AMD Athlon II Neo duo core (Geneva) processor which supports DDR3 memory.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern explained that continuing in the tradition of the Wind12 U series, the U250 is highly mobile like netbooks, but comes with a 12.1" screen to “broaden your horizons” and thin, power-saving duo core architecture, so it performs on par with conventional laptops. The cover and the areas in front of the keyboard of the stylishly high tech Wind12 U250 feature MSI’s own lustrous Cobra Gray color film print to both protect against scratches and wear.

Exclusive TDE technology for awesome performance
TDE Turbo Engine technology: The Wind12 U250 comes with MSI’s epoch-making TDE turbo boost technology which can kick in the turbo mode in both the processor and system memory simultaneously, boosting performance instantaneously to optimize hardware capabilities. The DDR3 system memory can be expanded to 8GB for a super fast computing experience in a thin, light package.

Supports UVD2 and DirectX 10.1: The U250 is equipped with AMD's latest RS880M chipset to support HD graphics as well as UVD2 and DirectX 10.1 technologies which work together with the cinema-class 16:9 ratio LED backlit display with HD Ready 1366×768 resolution to optimize your high definition viewing experience with more realistic images and rich, crisp colors.

High definition, double the processing performance: Employing a 16:9 ratio LED backlit display, which is smaller than an A4 sheet of paper (297×190mm), and a battery that tips the scales at only 1.3kg, the MSI Wind12 U250 is as portable as a netbook, but the third generation AMD 2010 ultrathin platform – "Nile" with duo core processor cranks up performance by 20% over the previous generation of NBs and supports HD high-resolution video output.

Double the battery life*
ECO power saving technology: The MSI Wind12 U250 features a large screen and high performance and weighs in at only 1.3kg. Coupled with MSI's ECO engine power saving technology, LED backlit screen, and AMD 2010 ultrathin platform – "Nile", the Wind12 U250 boasts up to 5.55 hours of battery power—more than twice that of traditional 12” laptops.

Extended mobile computing experience: 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, depending on your current needs, giving you flexibility that allows you to maximize battery power. Tests show that the Wind12 U250 can run on battery power for up to 5.55 hours, maximizing your mobile computing experience.
*Actual battery time will vary with differences in computer use and settings.

Stylish feel, nice to the touch
Cobra Gray color film print technology: The chic MSI Wind12 U250 is graced with elegant, flowing lines and the exterior employs the latest glossy color film print technology which is nice and smooth to the touch. The wrist-rest area in front of the keyboard is also coated with color film print to protect against dust and scratching.

EDS keyboard: The U250 also comes with MSI's own EDS (Ergonomic De-Stress) keyboard with keys that are 51% larger in area, a wider keyboard, and keys shaped for comfort. This innovative ergonomic keyboard makes typing faster and more comfortable and effectively reduces stress on fingers and wrists.