MSI X-Slim X340 Notebook Review

By on November 25, 2009, 3:25 AM
In the world of notebooks, Apple is an indisputable trend setter. Case in point, the 13-inch Averatec N3400 that we recently reviewed had an aluminum outer shell, while the Acer Timeline 4810T used island-style keys like those found on MacBooks. Not surprisingly, however, those two laptops are considerably less expensive than anything on Apple's product line.

Today we'll be taking a look at the X-Slim X340, a very slim notebook from MSI that's been labeled by many as the budget alternative to the MacBook Air. Currently selling for $600, MSI hopes to lure potential buyers with its svelte design and extended battery life.


The MSI X340 weighs in at only 3.2 pounds with the included 8-cell battery and is powered by Intel's Core 2 Solo SU3500 CULV processor operating at 1.4GHz. It comes equipped with 2GB of DDR2 -- its maximum supported capacity -- a 320GB SATA hard drive, 13.4" LCD display sporting a 1366 x 768 resolution, Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, and 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity.

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timljh said:

With that performance and the price tag. i will rather getting myself a netbook instead.

harby said:

timljh said:

With that performance and the price tag. i will rather getting myself a netbook instead.

CULVs are not supposed to compete with netbooks but with ultra portable laptops. Plus, I won't get a nebtbook till they come with more than 1GB of RAM (thank Intel for that, gogo ION).

yorro said:

Mushy keyboard is more than enough for me to ignore it.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nice to see more lightweight notebooks at a low price point. It's good that the netbook vs. notebook boundary is blurring.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

BTW, regarding the Acer comparison, that notebook is 1lb heavier.

Timonius Timonius said:

I'm concerned about the Core 2 solo. Will it actually perform well?

kimboy said:

$600 foa a notebook seems quite fair a price to me, considering that what I do is best done with a desktop PC== mouse-dependent activities like photo-editing and movies. The "solo" part, however is a turn off.

kimboy said:

$600 for a notebook seems quite fair a price to me, considering that what I do is best done with a desktop PC== mouse-dependent activities like photo-editing and movies. The "solo" part, however is a turn off.

z00lander said:

Since I don't carry my laptop around a lot, I fail to see the fascination with lightweight, small and underpowered computers.

Phantasm66 Phantasm66 said:

According to review here

[link]

the build quality is a joke. Looks like something that would break when you fart near it.

Ok, my Dell Vostro is a brick and weighs a ton but its gonna probably live forever.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

the build quality is a joke. Looks like something that would break when you fart near it.

Good god! don't fart near it, mac will void your warranty as a bio-hazard.

[link] couldn't resist.

irvin09 said:

Wow! This laptop is a beauty. A couple of years ago, I only heard of Apple Mac as the only company that manufactures slim laptops but now there is MSI X-Slim X340 Notebook that can compete with Apple computers. We're really living in a fast changing world.

jazboy said:

Its performance is not very good compare too Netbook taking consideration of price. I will buy Netbook rather than this. Its just my opinion about this notebook.

Docnoq said:

red1776 said:

the build quality is a joke. Looks like something that would break when you fart near it.

Good god! don't fart near it, mac will void your warranty as a bio-hazard.

[link] couldn't resist.

Hahaha, that article cracked me up. Apple is just so.. I don't even know what to label them anymore. That is just ridiculous, though. It just goes to show how silly big companies can be with their warranty policy. My HP dv6308nr, which is a little more than 2 years old, just broke a few weeks ago due to known problems with this specific model (and similar models), so I called HP about fixing it and they want to charge me a "discounted" $259 (as opposed to $400) since my laptop is broken due to a problem with the design of this model. Ridiculous.

sky_could_fall sky_could_fall said:

I don't like these kind of finish, piano black, or what they call it. You'll have to use samo cloth all the time.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Core 2 SOLO? Lame...I wish we could get out of the single core era

KG363 KG363 said:

As much as I love to see extended batteries, i could never get into these underpowered laptops and netbooks. I guess I'm just a power user but I couldn't settle for anything under 4GB RAM an at least 2.0 GHz dual core.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This isnt bad but there are far better performers for the samemoney imo anyways

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well thats very disappointing, it's marketed as a ultra slim with extended battery life. However thats with the 8 cell battery that adds weight and thickness which kinda kills the ultra light and slimness of the notebook. Not that I care really because I don't see the point in buying something that weights 3 pounds and can't do anything other than word processing and browsing the internet, I'll keep my 8 pound Gateway with its 2 hour battery life.

BlindObject said:

Eh, just another slim top among a multitude of tops.

DarKSeeD DarKSeeD said:

For office use it would be OK but let's face it's not that light and glossy looks, there's always something to clean...

LazyNinja said:

I can't believe we're getting into the 8 + hour battery range on laptops these days. If my old Toshiba M100 gets more than two hours on a charge I'm impressed . . .

I wish I had a slim laptop back when I was in college. I was in a program that required everyone to have their own laptop and it was annoying lugging it and it's power brick around.

Serag said:

LazyNinja you kinda said what I wanted to say

except that I have an Aspire One...but the mushy keyboard and no optical drive would keep me away if I'm to get one slim notebook now

Puiu Puiu said:

They just used this notebook to make the acer one look good. All i found out from that review is that it looks a bit better. I wonder if any who reads that review will even think of buying it.

paynetrain007 said:

MSI really? Lets go with Asus!!

fref said:

Core 2 Solo isn't bad at all if all you need to do is access the Internet and use traditional office applications. It's almost twice as fast as the Atom processor used in netbooks if I remember correctly, so I'd certainly go with the Solo rather than the Atom. Not everyone needs dual or quad core CPUs.

lfg18 said:

MMm does not seem that impresive, i have seen better deals online, and DDr2 667 seem a little slow by today's standards, I prefers Asus by the way

saintbodhisatva said:

Pros:

8-Cell Battery

relatively light at 3lbs.

decent looks

Cons:

Single Core in these multi-core times

IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

I'm going to agree with people skeptical of single-cores. Really, the pinnacle of single cores was pretty unanimously the P4. It's only so-so by today's standards. Nearly NOTHING gets shipped with single cores anymore except mini-laptops. Until they shrink a dual-core to the point where they can fit it in one of these, I don't think any of the minis are really worth much. It might be a good thing to have if you really need it and you don't want to pay massive amounts of money. But as soon as the hard-drive gets bogged down, and it gets more than 6 months old, it might start huffing and puffing to do the same workloads.

shoeseat said:

why don't manufacturers first see other products of same category and price their product accordingly.Who would bu this instead of Acer Timeline if timeline have better feature than this one.

GACrabill said:

I can see why some folks like the netbooks (and numerous buyers end up with buyer's remorse since their performance is so poor). I also like the faster processors like Core Solo in a small, netbook-type frame. But the real problem for most folks is that they are now use to Core 2 Duo processors with 3GB - 4GB and the performance that comes with those specs. Then they get a "neat" netbook which runs like 4 year old technology. Netbooks are cheaper normally than notebooks but a lot of folks would give serious consideration to the smaller screen laptops if they didn't also have to take a performance decline. Netbooks with laptop performance specs at laptop prices and customer upgradability without voiding the warranty .... it will happen sooner or later and hopefully the quality manufacturers will be in the game. I am a little tired of seeing the low-price, low-quality manufacturers getting all of the press. I will gladly pay a 50% premium for a quality product with a 3-year warranty.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

They just used this notebook to make the acer one look good. All i found out from that review is that it looks a bit better. I wonder if any who reads that review will even think of buying it.

That's a bit unfair. Rather than just talking about the bright spots in the MSI system, we said what we believed was relevant for the purpose of our readers purchasing decision.

Because we had recently reviewed two somewhat similar notebooks in terms of pricing and portability, it made sense to make direct comparisons.

As for the single vs. dual core argument, it's always better to have two cores to speed up processing, but this kind of compromises is what drives the killer battery life on these systems. It's also considerably faster than an Atom CPU, which is usually deemed sufficient for basic tasks.

Staff
Steve Steve said:

why don't manufacturers first see other products of same category and price their product accordingly.Who would bu this instead of Acer Timeline if timeline have better feature than this one.

haha mate if that's how it worked there would be no such thing as a TechSpot on the Internet

jerry53 said:

i hoped that msi would be much cheaper than the other brands because i saw their offering in the i7 motherboard series their offering was very much below the competion so good value for much here it is totally different

khalidnooh said:

MSI X340 replace HD

how can i replace hard disk and memory in msi x340 netbook

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