March 22, 2010 at 9:44 am
The MSI Wind U160 is one of the prettiest netbooks around, recognised by the fact that it won the 2010 iF Product Design Award. To give an idea on how MSI’s engineers packed everything into its slim chassis, the guys over at NetbookNews.it have dissected the Wind U160 to give us a closer look.
They claim that dismantling the U160 is both easy and fast, with ten main screws holding the bottom cover in place. Be aware though that by removing the bottom invalidates your warranty, so proceed with caution if you think of doing something similar once the Wind U160’s eventually hit retail.
The motherboard comes in two parts, much like the Asus Eee PC 1005PE. The Intel N450 Atom chipset is very small, but despite the increased power efficiency, a small ventilation system is still required. There’s no spare Mini PCI-E slot, the first being occupied by a Wi-Fi card, so those wanting to stick in a Broadcom Crystal HD card are out of luck (unless you want to sacrifice wireless capabilities). You can check out all of the pics here.