Wednesday, February 23

Best Netbooks - MSI Wind U160MX

Best Netbooks - the New MSI U160MX

Asus and Acer and Samsung may sell more netbooks than anyone else but there are other netbook manufacturers that make some of the best netbooks that are every bit as good as the major manufacturers. The MSI Wind U160 for example is seen as being one of the best small netbooks around for a long time. It has not been upgraded to the MSI Wind U160MX.

MSI has just announced that it is introducing a new netbook based on Intel's Atom N455 processor. This ultra-thin and lightweight new netbook allows up to 8.5 hours running time. The new MSI U160MX offers either a single or dual core Intel Atom processor rather than just the single core of the original U160.

MSI Wind U160MX Netbook
The Wind U160MX and is less than 1 inch thick and weighs just over 2 pounds with the battery.

It is powered by an Intel Atom N455 CPU, with a single processing core, with a speed of 1.66GHz and a TDP of just 6.5W. The operating frequency can be increased using MSI’s Turbo Drive Engine technology that automatically increases the core's clock speed for processing heavy-load applications.

This chip also supports Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, allowing it to run 2 simultaneous application threads, and an integrated GMA 3150 GPU.

Wind U160MX Specifications

2GB of DDR3-667 memory, 250GB or 320GB hard drive, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, a 2-in-1 card reader, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and 10/100M LAN connectivity, a 0.3M webcam and a 3 cell Li-Ion battery.

It's screen is only 10.1-inch, has a 1024x600 resolution and a stated 8 millisecond refresh rate.

“The U160MX has a unique circular display axle and is sheathed in a brush finish black coating that protects against smudging. This elegant netbook also comes with a chicklet keyboard, MSI’s ECO Engine power-saving technology, Easy Face biometric software, the Easy Viewer photo manager, and the S-Bar tool bar. Stunningly beautiful and equipped with powerful MSI applications, you’ll fall in love with it,” said Eric Kuo, associate VP Global Sales at MSI Notebook.

The U160MX also features the ECO energy-saving technology feature that lets you change the battery management settings with a simple tap of finger.

For security the U160MX uses the Easy Face face recognition software to secure the data on the netbook.

It is offered with Windows 7 Starter Edition, but you would be well-advised to upgrade to Windows Home Premium if possible. MSI hasn't announced any prices or availability yet.

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