March 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm
The MSI Wind U135 netbook is interesting for a number of reasons. It is one of the company’s first Intel Pine Trail offerings, it moves away from the usual bland MSI Wind design, it’s reasonably fully featured in terms of specifications, provides good battery life and, best of all, is priced at a reasonable price point.
We have put the Wind U135 netbook through its paces and overall we were left with positive impressions. Yes, we did find a few niggles, but couldn’t complain too much given its keen pricing at £280. Click through for our in depth review, along with our customary performance and battery tests.
- Solidly built with attractive design
- Good battery life
- Nice bright, vivid glossy display
- Comfortable chiclet keyboard
- Textured touchpad with smooth scrolling
- Feature rich specs includes 1.3MP webcam & Wi-Fi draft-N
- Good value price-point
- No access to components (void warranty if do so)
- Glossy lid, fingerprint magnet
- Speakers are loud, but quality is poor (little separation, muffled at high volumes)
- Small right shift key
- No multi-touch gestures on touchpad
MSI Wind U135 Technical Specifications:
- Processor: Intel Atom N450 processor (1.66GHz)
- Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Starter
- Chipsets: Intel NM10
- Graphic: GMA 3150 (Share with System Memory)
- Memory: DDR2 667 support up to 2 GB (1 DIMM slot)
- LCD Display: 10” (1024 x 600) WSVGA LED
- HDD: 160 GB or above (2.5” SATA)
- Card Reader: 4 in 1 (support SD, MMC, MS, XD)
- I/O: D-sub
USB 2.0 x 3
- Battery: 3 cells / 6 cells
- Wireless: 802.11 b/g/ draft n
Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
- Webcam: 1.3 MP Webcam
- Sound: HD Audio
- Dimension: 260 x 180 x 19 – 31.5mm
- Weight: 1.2 Kg (with 3 cell battery)
- Price (at time of publication): £279.99 (Amazon.co.uk), $329.99 (Amazon.com), $309.99 (Newegg.com)
The MSI Wind U135 is one of four Pine Trail netbooks that the company has released. The new processors aren’t the only thing that is new though, MSI has made much more of a concerted effort on the design of these new Wind netbooks. The older Wind design was certainly solid and functional, however with manufacturers pushing the envelope in making ever-more attractive netbooks, it was important that MSI were not left behind.
The Wind U160 is the most attractive, with its slim chassis and quoted 15-hour battery life. We haven’t heard much of the Wind U140 apart from a few photos and then we’re left with the U130 and U135. Both the U130 and U135 are very similar but the U135 has a 20 percent larger touchpad as well as chiclet keyboard. Apart from that both have a 10-inch (1024 x 600) screen armed with a 1.66GHz N450 Pineview Atom processor, 160GB/250GB HDD options and Windows 7. Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0, a 1.3MP webcam and a 4-in-1-card reader.
MSI has also said that power consumption is only 5.5 watts, battery life has been increased by 15 percent and performance is up by 10 percent using Intel’s new platform. As with other MSI netbooks, the company’s ECO engine is also present to prolong battery life.
We previously covered the unboxing here. Inside the box you will find a power supply, battery, some documentation (user manual & warranty card) and a recovery disc. You won’t find a netbook sleeve, but given the low price, it’s not really expected.