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MSI introduces AMD Congo-based netbook, Wind12 U230

By Justin
Nov 30, 2009
  1. MSI introduced last week what they are calling this year's "showpiece" in the netbook world, the Wind12 U230. Based on AMD's ultrathin platform and a dual-core processor, the Wind12 U230 boasts many features that make it stand out. It supports up to 4GB of RAM, comes with an integrated Radeon HD3200 GPU, a SATA drive up to 320GB in size and ships with Windows 7 Home Premium. It also has an HDMI output port, Ethernet and three USB ports, making it suitable for a "lightweight" desktop replacement.

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  2. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Seems impressive, good to see a non-atom platform without the silly memory restriction. I wonder if they will offer an optional battery upgrade ?
     
  3. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    todays netbooks are creeping up on laptops in size and power very slowly, pretty soon they all a netbook will stand for is low powered hardware rather than small form factor IMHO.
     
  4. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    But really, it's not a 'netbook' is it ? The proc and graphics chipset will offer very good performance. This is not a device for 'light browsing and word processing', the battery time also does not scream longevity of portable use. An impressive device all the same.

    A true netbook will be the expected chrome OS thin clients, for logging into the google wan, oops, sorry, I meant internet :)
     
  5. bitMorph3r

    bitMorph3r TS Rookie

    Great netbook, perfect screen size, but ohhhh boy..... what a lame battery. but thats valid for pretty much every mobile device.
    i'am counting the days until they release the fusion powered battery
     
  6. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Is this even a netbook ? :D
     
  7. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 981   +31

    I figure the term "netbook" will go away in a couple of years. IMO it's good that the lines are getting blurred.
     
  8. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    Yeah...the battery life tradeoff is a killer for me. I mean, this really blurs the line between netbook notebook. The term netbook, look at it..."net"-book...to me that means a small, portable, light, laptop with lots of battery life that can be used for surfing the "net" on the go. You don't need a dual core processor, nor 4 GB or RAM to do that. The only computer I have that has 4 GB of RAM I use for graphics editing, and it needs that.
     
  9. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    Hey MSI if you are reading this...

    I want the next netbook to have an Intel i9 Processor, 8 GB of DDR3, a 2 TB HDD, and 4 Nvidia 8800 GTX in quad SLI with tons of glowing UV lights and a 22" widescreen display that features LED backlighting and a Pico Projector integrated into the back of the screen with a 2.1 virtual surround sound system built in....

    Of course, it will need a power supply the size of a fax machine.
     
  10. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    If you can keep it below a 300 dollar price point, i'd buy that netbook Vicenarian...
     
  11. Serag

    Serag TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    No Atom?, AMD Dual-Core?
    enough for me to consider it if I'll ever consider getting a netbook!
     
     
  12. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    sooner or later netbooks and notebooks are merging together
     
  13. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    At the very least they're trying to maximize the keyboard size. For those of us with larger fingers, it's not very easy to type on a netbook. I'm a pianist, and my fingers are fairly long. That means that I feel very confined and can't type well on such a small keyboard. If they can figure out a way to maximize keyboards on such a small form factor, they might pave the way for a new netbook leader. I'm starting to consider all of these newer netbooks that aren't fitting the definition of a netbook more of an exploratory effort to find out what the best combinations of performance and size will allow.
     
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,317   +101

    WoW! I love the idea of this kind of power in that kind of pack, it sure goes away from the idea of NETbooks, but for a 3 cell battery and that power 4 hours is a lot of time for it to be powered on.

    In the end the netbooks are going for versatibility instead of online time, and that is not bad at all.
     
  15. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 84

    In the end, screen size will probably be the border between netbooks and notebooks.

    11" or 12" will be the limit of netbooks, and anything upwards will be notebooks. Anyway, this seems mighty good, I just hope it won't cost like $600 or something.
     
  16. Heretic

    Heretic TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Nice computer, but it's too bad it only has 4 hours of battery life. But then again I'd just keep myself constantly plugged into the wall so it wouldn't matter. It's not exactly a netbook, but it's still smaller than my current laptop. I'll wait for the one with the Ion in it.
     
  17. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i have said before that netbooks are a joke when you can get a far more powerful system for nearly the same price. The one thing that makes netbook nice is there small but in being small they lack any reall power to do anything like play HD video or games at all. I for one would rather buy a 2 year old used laptop and carry it around as to have a slow computer with no dvd drive.
     
  18. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,317   +101

    Netbooks COULD replace in time desktop PCs, really low power consumption and with small size that caracterize netbooks, connected to an external display and mouse/keyboard or even docks with optical drives (Or USB ones) they can (At least with this hardware) replace a normal desktop computer, with the plus that you can unplug it and use it wherever you want.

    I'm really into the idea.
     
  19. TechDisciple

    TechDisciple TS Rookie Posts: 41

    I wasn't specting less from MSi, but then again the poor netbook 4hr battery life that... just cripples it. :( Hope they keep Price tag low.
     
  20. hathost

    hathost TS Rookie

    Just think how awesome a platform like this would be if AMD was producing it's mobile chips at 45nm rather than the typical 65nm they have. That would reduce the power usage and up the battery life. I'd love to replace my laptop though with a cpu/gpu on a chip design or on die at a smaller process.
     
  21. yorro

    yorro TS Enthusiast Posts: 246

    Blurring the line between Netbooks and Notebooks? more like turning a Netbook into a Notebook if you asked me.
     
  22. timljh

    timljh TS Rookie Posts: 33

    interesting specs there but with 3-cell battery can it really lasts 4 hours? i wonder how much will it costs..
     
  23. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 243

    "AMD Congo CPU MV40 / L335" - I can't even find benchmarks on this cpu...
    Did I miss the memo about new AMD processors?
     
  24. Heretic

    Heretic TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Looks like a pretty neat little netbook nonetheless. I'd consider buying this in all honesty.
     
  25. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,317   +101

    For a 3 cell battery, 4 hours is more than most of the actual N270 can even dream to reach on 3 cell, myself on my acer one (THE ONE!) get top 3 hours with wifi off on a 3 cell battery.
     
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