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Swirling around inside MSI's newest Wind U270 notebook is AMD's "Zacate" E-350 dual-core processor. Zacate is the codename, of course, the E-350 being AMD's first fully integrated CPU-GPU combination, otherwise known as an APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit. And if you're stockpiling buzzwords, go ahead and add "Fusion" to the mix, which is AMD's marketing moniker for these parts. So we know the Wind U270 sports an E-350 processor inside, but what else is it packing? Take a look: 12.1-inch HD (1366x768) LED backlit display AMD Radeon HD 6310 discrete graphics 250/320GB hard drive 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 4-in-1 media card reader Stereo speakers 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, Gigabit... Read more...
You didn't go and believe all the doomsayers who said that tablets would kill off the netbook market, did you? Good, because if you did, you'd miss out on MSI's new U160XM, the company's newest addition to its Wind netbook line, which MSI describes as "gorgeous, slender, and light." It's also well equipped (for a netbook), boasting an Intel Atom N455 processor and support for up to 2GB of DDR3 memory. The Wind U160XM can be configured with either a 250GB or 320GB hard drive. Features that come standard include Intel GMA 3150 graphics, three USB 2.0 ports, 2-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 0.3MP webcam, 3-cell battery, and Windows 7 Starter. MSI's usual assortment... Read more...
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... Read more...
It's getting difficult to discern one netbook release from another, which is our way of saying if you've seen one, you've seen them all. Until now. While the internal hardware is standard fare for a modern day netbook, MSI's latest entrant -- the Wind U135DX -- adds a bit of style to the genre by coating its latest netbook with its own "Color Film Print with elegant patterns." The special coating comes applied to both the cover and wrist rest areas, but it's not all about looks. MSI says the touchpad is now 20 percent bigger for easier control. Outside of the aesthetic changes, this is still a netbook as you've come to know it. Specs include an Intel Atom N455 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, Intel... Read more...
MSI usually delivers new machines at a fairly regular clip, but this is just insanity. The good kind of insanity. At the Computex trade show in Taiwan, MSI decided to showcase six major series of notebooks, with a grand total of 30 models making an appearance. The stylish F Series, multi-media centric G Series, handheld Wind Pad series and thin-and-light Wind U/X-Slim Series are all there, with a bunch of newcomers scattered across the lines. The 17" GX740 and GT760 and the 15.6" GX640 and GT660 are being showcased to those who need a standard sized machine to handle multi-media and gaming duties, both coming equipped with MSI's own TDE+ technology to give you overclocking at the touch of a finger.... Read more...
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... Read more...
We have been fans of MSI's Wind series of netbooks. They have consistently rivaled Asus' Eee PC range and HP's Mini line, and the competition has been good for the industry. MSI's Wind line has remained relatively consistent over the years, with the design staying mostly the same, but the internals progressively getting more advanced with newer hardware platforms from Intel and fresher operating systems from Microsoft (and Linux, truth be told). The Wind U135 is the first major contender in MSI's netbook line to ship with Intel's Pine Trail platform within, which means that it finally ditches the aging Atom N270/N280 CPU in favor of the newer Atom N450... MSI Wind U135 Netbook Review... Read more...
  We have been fans of MSI's Wind series of netbooks. They have consistently rivaled Asus' Eee PC range and HP's Mini line, and the competition has been good for the industry. MSI's Wind line has remained relatively consistent over the years, with the design staying mostly the same, but the internals progressively getting more advanced with newer hardware platforms from Intel and fresher operating systems from Microsoft (and Linux, truth be told). The Wind U135 is the first major contender in MSI's netbook line to ship with Intel's Pine Trail platform within, which means that it finally ditches the aging Atom N270/N280 CPU in favor of the newer Atom N450. What's... Read more...
MSI announced the new Wind U110 ECO netbook. Featuring best in class battery Life, the Wind U110 ECO offers up to 15 + hours of untethered computing power with its 9-cell battery. The Wind U110 weighs just 3.2 pounds and measures just 1.24 inches thick at its widest point. It comes with a one-year warranty. Featuring the Intel Atom Processor Z530 (1.60GHz) and a 160GB HDD, this ultra mobile machine features a 10-inch backlit LCD with a resolution of 1024x600, a high definition web cam, two speakers, a built-in mic, 802.11 b/g/n LAN, and is Bluetooth ready. Wind U110 Specifications CPU Intel® Atom™ Processor Z530 (1.60GHz) OS Genuine Windows® XP Home or Windows Vista Home Basic... Read more...
Not much has changed about the Wind U100 PLUS compared to the U100 we burned in earlier this year, but when something's hot, you might as well strike (again), right? MSI's certainly agreeing with that mantra, pushing out a mildly refined version of its hit netbook that takes advantage of Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 and adds a few other small niceties not found on the original.In addition to Imperial Black, Angelic White and Regal Red, two brand new colors (Rose Champagne and Metallic Blue) are being added to Wind U100 PLUS product line. Outside of that and the new CPU, most everything else will feel totally familiar. There's a 10" LCD, GMA950 graphics chipset, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 1024x600... Read more...
We had a clue as to what MSI's ultra thin X-Slim duo would look like, but beyond that, most everything else was veiled in mystery. Until now. This week at the CTIA Wireless Expo in Las Vegas, MSI has taken the wraps off the full specification list on the X-Slim X320, X-Slim X340 and Wind U123, all of which we'll detail below. As for the X320, a super thin, super light ultraportable, you'll find 2.8 pounds of stylistic goodness, and within, you'll spot a four-cell battery, 1.66GHz Atom Z530 processor, Windows Vista Home Premium, a 13.4" LCD (1366 x 768), Intel'sGMA500 integrated graphics and up to 2GB of DDR2-667 memory. There's also room for a 250GB 2.5" SATA hard drive, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n... Read more...
Maybe we're suffering from delusions, but does MSI's newest all-in-one PC look eerily similar to Apple's previous line of Cinema Displays? (Hint: yes.) That small detail aside, the Wind Top AE1900 does look like a pretty stellar machine, particularly for those who value style over all else. The all white machine dons a glossy coat and features a 19-inch touch panel that encourages users to point their way around applications rather than just mouse around. RAM slot, 1.3- Super-Multi drive. Further specs include an Intel Atom 230 processor, GMA950 integrated graphics, a single SO-DIMMmegapixel webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS and xD), a headphone jack,... Read more...
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... Read more...
MSI did the right thing by beefing up its Wind U100 with a six-cell battery and a 160GB hard drive, but in doing so, it took a fair amount of thunder away from the machine's successor. The Wind U120 keeps the same 10 inch LCD, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1.3 megapixel camera and 4-in-1 card reader, though it does include Bluetooth as a standard option. It's widely speculated that the U120 is a simple stopgap between the aging U100 and MSI's true next-generation netbook, but for those in need of a small machine right now, it still offers plenty of value. For $469.99, the freshest Wind can be yours, complete with a more mature, classy enclosure and a nagging feeling that it will be outdated... Read more...
The folks at MSI have been cooking up a number of new netbook products, as we'll certainly see at CES this week. MSI has released a cheaper 8.9" version of the Wind, the U90, which is currently available in parts of Europe, Australia and Canada. However, at least for the time being, the original MSI Wind, now dubbed the Wind U100, is still the only MSI netbook officially sold in the US. Today we're going to pit it head-to-head with a couple of its younger competitors to see if can keep up with the mass of new competition.  ... Read more...
Immediately after ASUS launched the Eee PC into an unsuspecting notebook market over a year ago, the short term answer from competitors was, well, nothing, save perhaps for the XO-1 from the OLPC organization. At the time, there was still speculation about whether or not anyone would even be interested in a low power, low cost, ultraportable notebook. Certainly no one who has seen netbook sales figures is asking that question anymore but at the time few companies were eager to jump onto a new and unproven bandwagon. Netbook-mania and the first retail-available responses to the Eee didn't appear until nearly 6 months later, but when it did, it arrived in the form of the MSI Wind, followed closely... Read more...
When pimping Windows Vista prior to its release, Microsoft called it "the most secure OS ever." Of course, software is just software, and there are bugs in anything. And on Friday, security firm Phion AG announced they had discovered a TCP/IP stack buffer overflow. As researcher Thomas Unterleitner indicated: Since this buffer overflow overwrites kernel memory, it could be possible that members of the Network Configuration Operator group exploit this and take control over the operating system without any restriction. This buffer overflow could be exploited to inject code, hence compromising client security. It's a new vulnerability, meaning it is not reproducible on Windows XP. Microsoft was... Read more...
In an attempt to gain a stronger foothold in internet "cloud", Microsoft has revamped their Windows Live services with new applications and third-party integration. By providing a hub for web access to e-mail, instant messaging, photos, and other web applications, Microsoft hopes to enhance the consumer experience by consolidating the digital content scattered throughout the PC.   Not only is it a one-stop interface for users, but it also hopes to be the point of contact between friends. This service puts Microsoft into competition with social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. “Our customers have friends across the Web. They communicate through many unconnected... Read more...
Though obviously Microsoft has taken a fair amount of heat regarding Windows Vista, there's probably a directly proportional level of hype on their next mainstream OS, Windows 7.  Projected by some to be the OS that Vista should have been, and still by others to be nothing more than Vista on steroids (perhaps just a six-pack of Red Bull, depending on who you talk to); there's plenty of rumor, gossip, leaked and public information to go around to keep your mind off your troubled Vista installation that just crashed again for the eleventh time today.  However, when it comes to unreleased OS information, we like to spend our bandwidth listening to trusted sources close to the development... Read more...
In an interview with Laptop, ASUS' CEO, Jerry Shen, confirmed that ASUS will introduce a new Eee PC sometime in the second half of 2009 that will have a touch screen and run Windows 7. Given that Microsoft has said it plans general availability of the new operating system around January 2010, there’s a bit of a discrepancy here. Promising more details in the first quarter of next year (we’re guessing CES), Shen also indicated that the company doesn’t plan on putting Vista on any of the Eee PCs.Other noteworthy snippets from the interview: The company has sold four million Eee PCs to date. Touch-enabled Eee PCs are coming in early 2009. ASUS is exploring a convertible mode and a regular laptop... Read more...
Since the codename for the next release of Windows was announced, many of us have wondered what the actual name would be. Well, it turns out that the codename for the next version of Windows, Windows 7, is going to be the actual name for the product. And in what is somewhat of a passing of the torch, the announcement was made not on the Windows 7 blog, but on the Windows Vista blog. In a few weeks we are going to be talking about the details of this release at the PDC and at WinHEC. We will be sharing a pre-beta "developer only release" with attendees of both shows and giving them the first broad in-depth look at what we've been up to. I can't wait for them to see it. And, as you probably know,... Read more...
We're not quite sure why anyone would want to do this, but a Norwegian programmer claims to have created an application that allows you to run the Windows Mobile operating system on your iPhone. The programmer, Erik Kristiansen, showed off his app in action at the recent myPhone2008 convention in Las Vegas. Kristiansen's application operates similar to Apple's Bootcamp in that it allows you to load either the iPhone OS or the Windows Mobile OS when the iPhone boots up. Running Windows Mobile, the iPhone appears to have full functionality as a Windows smartphone, including (of course) making phone calls. Kristiansen's program is currently in beta, but he says it should be available as an open... Read more...
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