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MSI X-Slim X340 Notebook Review

By Julio Franco ยท 35 replies
Nov 25, 2009
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  1. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    MSI really? Lets go with Asus!!
  2. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    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.
  3. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    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
  4. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    8-Cell Battery
    relatively light at 3lbs.
    decent looks

    Single Core in these multi-core times
  5. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    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.
  6. shoeseat

    shoeseat TS Member Posts: 87

    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.
  7. GACrabill

    GACrabill TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +9

    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.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,416   +809

    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.
  9. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,358   +1,517

    haha mate if that's how it worked there would be no such thing as a TechSpot on the Internet :D
  10. jerry53

    jerry53 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    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
  11. khalidnooh

    khalidnooh TS Rookie

    MSI X340 replace HD

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

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