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MSI spills the beans on the X-Slim notebooks

With the popularity of netbooks in the current economy, many computer makers are rushing to offer consumers more of the low-cost and portable computers. Most of the major computer makers offer only a few netbooks in their product line, but some of the smaller companies are offering many different netbooks.

MSI is one of the smaller companies that are now offering several netbooks in its global product portfolio. At CES 2009, MSI was showing off its new MacBook Air clone that sported a very thin profile and a 13.4-inch screen.

MSI has unveiled the thin X-Slim notebooks already, but held back on much of the system specifications until now. Engadget reports that MSI has officially announced the complete specifications for the X-Slim X320 and X340 notebooks.

The X320 will use an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor and run Windows Vista Home Premium. The screen is a 13.4-inch unit with a resolution of 1366 x 768. Dimensions for the system are 8.8-inches L x 12.9-inches W x 0.7-inch H with an overall weight of 2.8 pounds with the 4-cell battery. The X320 uses the Intel US15W chipset with graphics via Intel GMA500. RAM is DDR2-667 up to 2GB and storage is to a 250GB HDD. Wi-Fi is integrated and 3G and WiMAX will be optional.

The X340 shares most of the same features including dimensions but uses an Intel ULV SU3500 processor and the GS45+ICH9M-SFF chipset. Graphics are via Intel integrated GMA4500MHD and the machine supports up to 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM. Storage for the machine is to a 320GB HDD and the machine lacks the 3G and WiMAX options of the X320, though it adds HDMI-out which the X320 lacks.

MSI also announced the specifications for the Wind U123. It will use an Intel Atom N280 at 1.66GHz and run Windows XP Home. The chipset inside the 10.2-inch machine will be the Intel 945GSE + ICH7M with graphics via integrated GMA950. The U123 will use 1GB of DDR2 RAM and the screen resolution is 1024 x 600. Storage for the U123 is to a 160GB HDD and the netbook ships with a 6-cell battery. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are integrated and the machine measures 10.24 x 7.08 x 0.38 - 1.30 inches and weighs 2.98 pounds with the 6-cell battery.

Pricing for the X-Slim machines has also been confirmed with the X320 starting at $700 and the X340 starting at under $1000. Pricing on the U123 has not been announced. All of the systems are expected to be available in May.

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By Hapikern on 4/1/2009 5:05:40 PM , Rating: 5
OMG start using Ion platform already!!.... intel integrated graphics are a joke even for netbooks.

RE: Ion
By BansheeX on 4/1/2009 7:54:12 PM , Rating: 4
Agreed, and they need to use HDMI ports instead of VGA. Nobody gives a sh$% about VGA anymore, we're outputting to some form of digital display.

RE: Ion
By murphyslabrat on 4/1/2009 11:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
or, just cut the extra traces and side-space used by the VGA adapter, and offer a DVI to VGA adapter either free or as an optional accessory (as long as it costs $5 and not $25).

Lost me on Vista
By wordsworm on 4/1/2009 7:40:36 PM , Rating: 2
Not to say that Vista sucks like Millennium did, but there's a funny similarity. In 2001 I bought a new computer and had the option of ME or wait a few weeks for XP. I went with ME. After a year of struggling, I replaced it with a pirated version of XP. I figured I'd paid for trash and deserved a good OS for my money, but MS didn't agree.

About 18 months ago I bought a new computer with a legal version of Vista on it, and since then replaced it with a pirated version of XP.

I object to a product that needs to call home in order to operate - that's the reason why I switched back to XP PE (Pirate Edition). OEM and PE have one big thing in common though: neither one gets support from MS. My next machine will be Linux unless Windows 7 doesn't need to contact the collective. XP is getting so long in the tooth that it needs to be replaced by something, and I'll never get a Mac (that would be like jumping from the crap in the toilet and into the sewer).

RE: Lost me on Vista
By Pirks on 4/1/2009 8:55:15 PM , Rating: 4
I object to a product that needs to call home in order to operate - that's the reason why I switched back to XP PE (Pirate Edition)
Why didn't you switch to Vista Pirated Edition? It doesn't call home in order to operate.

RE: Lost me on Vista
By wordsworm on 4/1/2009 9:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'll be picking up a new system - maybe two - in the next two months. I think I'll give Ubuntu another try. I'm really itching to get away from MS. The *only* software that's been keeping me away is Adobe's creative stuff. But I'm so used to CS2 and I've read that can be made to work on Ubuntu now, so there's little to no reason left for me to stay with MS.

But you know, it really burns that someone who pays for the version gets the hassle of having it call home when someone who gets the PE doesn't. Gotta love that about the big corporate machine.

New Wind, RAM upgrade, and warranty
By Bateluer on 4/1/2009 1:56:05 PM , Rating: 2
On previous Wind models, MSI placed their warranty sticker over the RAM compartment, requiring a user to void their warranty to upgrade the RAM. Will this still be the case on the new Wind?

By hduser on 4/1/2009 4:24:21 PM , Rating: 4
I have a MSI Wind, I called their tech support about that. They told me I would not violate the warranty if I just upgrade the RAM. So they green lighted me to punch a hole in that sticker.

"MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/09, Rating: -1
RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Cullinaire on 4/1/2009 3:36:17 PM , Rating: 4
Is is going to be the start of yet another pointless 100+post thread?

On subject, to be labeled a "clone" it doesn't have to take everything after the MBA. The biggest factor is looks, not CPU power, and the MSI has it. The lower price makes up for the difference in CPU.

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Bateluer on 4/1/2009 3:54:08 PM , Rating: 3
Everyone buying Macs buys them for looks, not their functionality and certainly not their 'low' cost.

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By TomZ on 4/1/2009 4:50:13 PM , Rating: 3
Pirks, being an Apple zealot, you've probably already seen this, but in case you haven't, Apple has introduced a new laptop you might be interested in:

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By TomZ on 4/1/2009 5:19:58 PM , Rating: 2
What, no sense of humor? :o)

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Bubbacub on 4/1/2009 6:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
pirks, he isn't trolling - he's mocking you - rather successfully i might add.

do carry on. i love reading your posts - much amusement!

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By atlmann10 on 4/1/2009 5:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
ROFL TomZ someone is going to spread that one around the internet and MAC stores are going to get mobbed for a no keyboard laptop. I love the comments especially the one about the guy happily spending 45 minutes composing a single email to his friend.

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By kkwst2 on 4/1/2009 6:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
So what do you do when you're on a 5 hour flight with 2 hours of waiting beforehand and need do work the whole time? No plug can be found and there are no chargers on the plane (except in first class, and you didn't get upgraded because the people who do real work with Thinkpads all have higher preferred status than you - sorry).

The table doesn't seem to cover that.

Hint: On my X200, I just pop in the spare battery.

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/2009 6:23:37 PM , Rating: 1
I'd plug in a spare battery too. What are you trying to say? (besides mild trolling :))

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By teldar on 4/1/2009 4:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
How do you figure Pirks?
You're the most rabid anti-windows apple fan I've ever seen.

If it's something about apple you're posting 37 times yourself defending over priced Macs.

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/2009 5:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
Anything else besides trolling and personal attacks, teldar?

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Suomynona on 4/1/2009 3:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I understand why they're throwing an ULV processor in there, but do they really have to go with the single-core version? Paying $1000 for a single-core laptop is a little ridiculous. The SU9600 still has a pretty low TDP.

RE: "MacBook air clone" my @ss
By Pirks on 4/1/09, Rating: -1
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