MSI Wind U135 Netbook Review
Introduction and Specifications
What's most interesting here is that our review should detail quite nicely what improvements are available from Intel's new platform. In most every other way, the Wind U100 that we tested early last year is exactly the same, save for the new CPU and new integrated GPU. The price has also fallen quite nicely, with the Wind U135 priced around $315. When the U100 launched, it was around $430. MSI has also made a few small improvements here in terms of usability, with a chiclet keyboard being implemented and the trackpad given a small bump in size. There's also the option for adding WiMAX support for those near Clear equipped cities, and the addition of Windows 7 (albeit the Starter edition) really makes this a compelling netbook for those who were waiting out the Windows XP phase.
You'll notice a lot of familiar specifications here, but the notable difference makers are the Atom N450 CPU (based on Pine Trail platform), faster memory, a new GMA 3150 GPU and Windows 7 Starter instead of Windows XP. We'll be putting this one to the test in the pages to come, so join us as we take an in-depth look at MSI's latest Wind netbook.