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MSI Wind U180 - The Cedar Wind

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The netbook may have diminished, but this one still blows strongly

We may choose to lament how netbooks no longer hold much significance in the computing world, but why lament when we can celebrate that good products can still come from it? The MSI Wind U180 might sound irrelevant in the torrent of Ultrabooks these days, but for those still seeking a small computing companion, the U180 offers -- quite rightly -- some of the best of it.

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The U180 sticks to the tried-&-true design factors of every netbook there is. It's undeniably small, and welcomingly light at just 1kg. It's not the slimmest netbook we've seen though, and the battery is designed to bulk a little, acting like a stand for the netbook. It's not particularly aesthetically impressive either, but it does look decent at least.

There's nothing that we haven't seen here on the U180: it sports a 1024 x 600 10-inch screen, two USB 2.0 ports and HDMI and VGA connectivity. Everything works perfectly fine here; the screen displays well, and the audio is passably loud. The chiclet keyboard, while unassuming, actually provides a good typing experience, thanks to its wellspaced key. We'd like better spacing for the touchpad though; while it's responsive enough, it's a little too cramped to function smoothly.

The U180 is powered by an Intel Atom N2600 processor, which is part of the new Intel Cedar Trail processors. These Pine Trail successors offer an upgrade in performance, especially in the graphics department. You can be glad to know that the U180 can handle Blu-ray 2.0 support, full 1080p playback and the Fast Boot feature. Sure, the benchmark scores don't match conventional notebooks, but on the netbook perspective, the U180 offers admirable performance capabilities.

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As a little bonus, MSI has also included their Turbo Drive Engine technology to let you accelerate the CPU frequencies, which does improve its performance. On the battery life side, the U180 offers a hearty one. In our video loop test with Wi-Fi on, we managed a good 7 hours. More conservative use nabbed us 8 hours.

MSI Wind U180

Price $ 325

Info www.msi.com

Specifications

CPU: Intel Atom Processor N2600 RAM: 2GB

OS: Windows 7 Starter

Display: 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) Ultra Slim

Storage: 320GB

Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA

Extras: Webcam, Card Reader

Dimensions : 263 x 186 x 21.26mm

Weight: 1kg

 

Ratings

Performance

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Features

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Value

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(+) Better performance Good battery life Nice keyboard

(-)Small touchpad

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