MSI has officially launched its first Pine Trail-touting netbook today in the form of the Wind U135. Described as a special edition to "commemorate" millions of MSI netbooks already sold, the U135 swaps out the previous Atom N270 for a next-generation N450 clocked at 1.66GHz, and comes equipped with 1GB of DDR2 memory, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics.
This new system features a 10-inch screen with a standard 1,024x600-pixel resolution and looks very similar to earlier members of the Wind family in the same size category. MSI has made a few tweaks here and there, however. First and foremost, it is using a new chiclet-style keyboard with 20% larger keys that should offer better typing feel. A new, larger touch pad has also been added, as well as a "color film printed case" that produces a glossy look without collecting smudges.
The base $309.99 model packs 160GB of HDD storage and a three-cell battery, while an upcoming pricier variant has a 250GB drive and a six-cell battery rated for 7.5 hours of use. Three USB ports, an integrated 4 in 1 card reader, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and MSI's ECO Engine technology round out the features.