MSI Ships Wind12 U230 Netbook With AMD Processor And ATI GPU

MSI has an itch, and obviously the only solution is to just ship more machines. After announcing the availability of the X-Slim X360 and the Wind U160 earlier in the week, the company has now said that two versions of the Wind12 U230 are also making their way out to consumers. This machine takes the place of the popular Wind12 U210, with the Wind12 U230-033 and U230-040 both relying on AMD processors and Windows 7 Home Premium, which is unusual to find on a netbook.

The first machine features an Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, a 12.1" WXGA processor, an ATI Radeon HD3200 GPU, 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 6-cell battery, 1.3MP webcam, three USB ports, VGA/HDMI outputs, a headphone jack, mic input, and a 4-in-1 card reader. The machines weigh 3.3lbs., and if you're looking for an upgrade, the U230-040US has an Athlon X2 L335 processor along with a 320GB hard drive.

Both machines are on sale now directly from MSI or through NewEgg, with the first priced at $429.99 and the second at $479.99.

MSI North America Announces Availability of Two Powerful, Yet Portable New 12.1” Wind12 U230 Models
Both U230 Models Feature the new AMD Processors, 12.1” HD LCD, 2GB of Memory, and Windows 7 Home Premium

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 9, 2010 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is proud to announce the availability of the new Wind12 U230-033 and U230-040.  The new models will replace the successful Wind12 U210, a favorite among netbook users looking for a larger screen and more computing power.   Upgrades to this new generation of netbooks include the first Wind to feature a dual core processor and Bluetooth connectivity.

Weighing in at just 3.3 pounds both versions of the U230 ship with 2GB of DDR2 memory, with a 6-cell battery and Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.  The newest editions to the Wind family are loaded with a 12.1” HD (1366x768) 16:9 aspect ratio LCD and an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card.  The combination delivers a bright widescreen visual experience with exceptional color saturation and crisp imagery.

The Wind12 U230 also features MSI's EDS (Ergonomic De-stress) keyboard with keys that are 51% larger than those on a standard keyboard.  The larger keys greatly improve finger contact range, which reduces stress on fingers and wrists to improve accuracy and comfort. Additionally, MSI included a 1.3M webcam, HDMI port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, and a 4x1 card reader in the new U230 notebooks.

The new Wind12 U230 models are available now at starting at $429.99.  MSI offers a 1-year limited warranty with extended customer services hours at 1-888-447-6564.