September 4, 2009 at 11:08 am
The 12.1-inch Wind U210 is an AMD Neo MV-40-powered system with 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD. It also has a 6-cell battery, HDMI out and comes with ATi Radeon X1250 graphics.
August 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm
MSI’s 12.1-inch AMD-powered U210 Wind netbook is now up for pre-order in the United States. The Wind U210 is already available in parts of Europe and it is set to hit the US for $429.99 according to Amazon.
No date is given on the listing but if you’re interested, that $430 will buy you an AMD Neo MV-40-powered system with 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD. It also has a 6-cell battery, HDMI out and comes with ATi Radeon X1250 graphics.
August 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm
Asus is planning an assault on the e-book segment by launching its own device under the Eee family umbrella. The Eee Book may even see a launch before the year is out according to Asus President Jerry Shen.
Asus is not the only netbook manufacturer looking at this segment. MSI is also considering launch its own device, given the low barriers to entry. Whilst there is growing demand for such products in Europe and North America, the business opportunities in Asia are as yet unproven.
As can be seen with the Kindle’s success, the key appears to be getting the content delivery platform nailed down. That is likely to be a much more difficult hurdle to jump compared to the low barrier hardware requirements of such a device.
August 26, 2009 at 10:01 am
Just last week rumours were surfacing that MSI is planning to launch a touchscreen netbook powered by Intel’s next-gen Pineview Atom chips and Windows 7. That rumour gained further credence following a Gizmodo report that says this 10-inch model will be called the MSI Wind U150 and will formally be announced at the CES tradeshow next January.
Unfortunately the U150 will use a resistive touch-panel, rather than capacitive, which means no multi-touch support. They also confirmed that MSI wants to release the Pineview-powered device before the end of the year, trying to be first to market. MSI’s Andy Tung, suggests that Pine Trail is showing improved graphics performance and at least 20 percent better power consumption.
August 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm
The MSI Wind U210, the AMD-powered version of the CULV-based Wind U200, was only unveiled last week, but Pierre over at Blogeee has already gone hands-on. The MSI Wind U210 is a 12.1-inch mini-notebook that comes with an AMD Neo processor.
The Wind U210 has a 12.1-inch (1366 x 768) LED backlit display and is powered by a 1.6GHZ MV40 processor & ATi Radeon X1250 graphics. It can support a maximum of 2GB RAM and is available in 160GB/250GB storage sizes. It also comes with a 6-cell battery and HDMI-out.
Pierre gives us a comprehensive look at the U210 and also compares it to a 10-inch Wind U100. He also managed to fit the U100 battery into the U210 with success. It does have a glossy lid, but is not as much of a fingerprint magnet as other models. Another positive note is that the bottom panel easily allows you to upgrade components. Check out the unboxing video after the jump. Read more
August 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm
Whilst the MSI Wind U200 12.1-inch netbook has already had a launch event back in May, the company has only just got around to officially announcing the device. The Wind U200 has a high-resolution (1366 x 768) LED backlit glossy display and is powered by Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processor.
Two processors are listed, the 723 & SU3500, which means there are likely to be different SKUs. A maximum of 4GB RAM is allowed, it also comes with a 1.3MP webcam and three USB ports. The company claims that the 6-cell battery should last for 6.5 hours when running in ECO Turbo mode. This is a good time considering the size of the display. Read more
August 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm
The HannsNote netbook is heading to the US following on from its European launch. The HannsNote is based on the MSI Wind U100 and comes with a 6-cell battery as standard. The 10-inch netbook will sell for $379.99 in the US. Like in Europe, it will be available in black or white at TigerDirect and other retailers.
The HannsNote is a typical 10-inch (1024 x 600) netbook running on a 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU with 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD. It also features Wi-Fi (Draft-N), Bluetooth, a multi-card reader, three USB ports and a 1.3MP webcam. The whole package weighs a reasonable 1.2kg too.
August 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm
MSI has already announced the 12.1-inch Wind U200 CULV-based netbook. However, it looks like MSI is releasing a companion netbook dubbed the Wind U210 that will be powered with an AMD Neo processor. The feature set looks to remain the same apart from the AMD internals.
Specifically, it will ship with an AMD Athlon X2 MV40 processor, 2GB RAM and a 250GB SATA HDD. It will also come with Windows Vista Home Premium. It will be available in both black and gray and cost €449 in mainland Europe. A cheaper SKU is also expected that will ship with Windows XP and have 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD and cost €399. There’s no word of a UK price or shipping date right now. Read more
August 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm
The MSI Wind U100 PLUS netbook is only a few weeks away from being released in Europe, however Sascha from NetbookNews managed to get hands-on with the device at the Taipei Computer Market. The U100 PLUS is effectively a refresh of the U100 and comes with a faster N280 (1.66GHz) Atom processor and two additional colours (Rose champagne and Metallic Blue).
He played with the metallic blue version, which has a glossy lid and matte display. The specs are pretty much the same as the U100 (bar the upgraded Atom) and comes with 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD. It is currently being sold in Taipei for the equivalent of $400 or €320. Check out the video after the break. Read more
August 18, 2009 at 11:19 am
MSI will launch netbooks using Intel’s next-generation Atom Pineview processors in December 2009 according to Digitimes. The Intel Pine Trail platform launch has been pushed back from October 2009 to Q1 2010, but the report says that MSI is planning to launch their netbooks ahead of schedule to avoid competition. This means the company would not need to compete on price.
The new netbooks will use the Windows 7 operating system and also come with touchscreen displays. MSI’s peers, such as Asus and Asustek, will be sticking with Intel’s schedule according to the report.
August 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm
The MSI Wind U100 PLUS was announced four months ago but we haven’t heard anything since. Well it now looks like the U100 PLUS will finally start to ship in Europe within the next few weeks. The U100 PLUS is effectively a refresh of the U100 and comes with a faster N280 (1.66GHz) Atom processor.
It also comes in two additional colours, Rose Champagne and Metallic Blue, as well as the original three colours (red, black and white). Apart from that the specifications appear to be the same as the original U100 netbook.
August 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Both Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Micro-Star International (MSI) are planning to launch convertible netbooks during the first half of 2010, according to Digitimes. MSI will be launching a 10-inch tablet netbook at the start of 2010, whilst HP plans a similar release for April/May 2010 manufactured by OEM Inventec.
The report says that both convertible netbooks will use Intel’s next-gen Pineview N450 Atom processor. It’s therefore very likely that they will be powered by Windows 7, taking advantage of the operating system’s touch features. It also says that Asus will be launching its 10-inch Eee PC T101 tablet netbook with Windows 7. The report goes on to say that Apple may be launching its tablet device as early as November 2009.
August 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm
There has not been much news on MSI’s 12-inch Wind U200 over the last couple of months. Despite this, the device is now up for pre-order on German retailer Notebook.de for €629. There’s no release date listed, although availability is expected in 3-4 weeks.
This particular model comes with Intel’s 1.3GHz Pentium US2700 processor, 4GB RAM and a 320GB HDD. Other features include HDMI-out, Wi-Fi (Draft-N), three USB ports, a 1.3MP webcam, 6-cell battery and 4-in-1 card reader.
However, Fudzilla claims that we may expect to see a U200 with a lighter 1.2GHz Intel Celeron M Processor ULV 723 by the end of next week. It says that this less powerful version will cost around the €499 mark. This version will come with 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD.
The Wind U200 seems like a solidly built netbook with a full-sized keyboard and high-res display (1366 x 768). The ULV processor is paired with the Intel GS45 chipset and Intel GMA 4500M graphics.
August 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm
A big smartbook push is expected by a number of manufacturers towards the end of the year. This includes netbook heavyweights such as Asustek and Acer. However, another heavyweight in the industry, Micro-Star International (MSI) will not be following suit according to Digitimes.
The report says that both MSI and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) will watch the launch round from the sidelines, to determine exactly what the market response will be for these new devices. ECS was planning on entering the smartbook segment, through orders from Chinese vendors. However, these orders were cancelled and now ECS will wait until early next year before making another move in this new area.
August 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm
Hannspree’s Hannsnote 10-inch netbook is basically a rebadged MSI Wind. The Hannsnote SN10E1 netbook has been on sale for the past couple of months in the UK for £259.99 and seems to offer good value for money, despite its generic specifications. For this money, it offers features found in more premium models including a wireless draft-N, Bluetooth and a 6-cell battery good for around 5 hours.
TrustedReviews has put the HANNSnote through its paces and scored it well (8/10) mainly due to its value offering and ‘premium’ features outlined above. Given that Misco.co.uk are offering £30 cashback until the end of August, this makes the HANNSnote an even more compelling offering at £230. This puts it a significant discount to the likes of the Asus Eee PC 1000HE at £290 that has a better keyboard and touchpad. Check out the key review points after the jump. Read more