MSI Wind U100-432US 10-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) Black
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Product Description

The Wind, an acronym for Wi-Fi Network Device," features a speedy and energy-efficient Intel Atom 1.6GHz Processor to provide longer operation hours and better mobile lifestyle. This notebook is lightweight and ultra-portable, measuring about 7 inches wide by 10.23 inches long, and weighing just 2.6 pounds. Being small doesn't mean ultra-small keyboard, the Wind features an ergonomically designed keyboard that is only 20% smaller than a full sized notebook keyboard, with keys spaced a comfortable 0.68 inches apart. The Wind comes equipped with a 10" backlit LED screen that provides superior color quality and brightness giving you better comfort while reading reports, watching online videos and viewing photos. In addition, the 1024 x 600 screen resolution can fully display web pages, which makes it ideal for Internet browsing. With the 802.11b/g/n wireless built-in, you can enjoy the convenience of accessing the Internet anywhere and video chat with family and friends with the built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and microphone. Another wireless feature that comes with the Wind is Bluetooth, this enables you to wireless connect to headphones, or other Bluetooth devices making it more convenient by not carrying around a bunch of tangled cords. With the Wind notebook weighting less than 3 pounds, makes it a great second computer to use at school, work and to take on vacations. 10 WSVGA (1024 x 600) LED Backlit Display Two internal Speakers Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and Microphone Built-in 802.11b/g/n Wireless 10/100 Ethernet LAN Integrated Bluetooth 4-in-1 Card Reader - SD, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro 3 x USB 2.0, Headphone out; Microphone-in, VGA, RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions - 10.23 (L) x 7.08 (D) x 1.24 (H) Approximate Unit Weight - 2.6 Pounds

Enjoy ultimate computing mobility with the lightweight yet power-packed MSI Wind U100 Mini Laptop, which features a 10-inch LCD screen for excellent web browsing, Intel's newest low-power processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and familiar Windows XP Home operating system. The crisply and colorfully designed Wind U100 also includes an integrated webcam for video chats and an ergonomically designed keyboard that's makes typing easy.



The MSI Wind U100 in black.
Designed especially for mobile devices, the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor uses a brand new design structure new hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--to conserve energy, giving you more time away from the wall outlet--up to 6 hours with the included 6-cell battery. This model also features a 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB of installed RAM (2 GB max), internal stereo speakers, multi-format memory card reader, three USB ports, and a VGA monitor port. It also includes the next step in Wi-Fi networking with a Draft-N wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n). This model comes in black, but the Wind is also available in pink and white, and it includes a carry bag that matches its color.

Ride With The Wind
The Wind--which stands for for "Wi-Fi Network Device"--offers a number of convenient features that make this mini notebook a highly functional and easily portable laptop PC. The 10-inch LCD screen has a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, which enables you to view full web pages while browsing the Internet. It's also embedded with an LED power-saving backlight technology, which not only helps to lower power usage but also provides richer and brighter colors. The Wind U100 is also equipped with a 1.3-megapixel webcam (placed in the bezel above the LCD) and integrated microphone, allowing you to snap still photos of yourself while on the go for sending via email or join video chats with friends and family.



The keyboard is 20-percent smaller than a standard full-sized keyboard, but offers excellent spacing between keys.


Magnify a portion of the screen for closer viewing of photos or documents.
The ergnomically designed keyboard--just 20 percent smaller than a full-sized keyboard--provides excellent texture and tactile feel when typing, and the keys are spaced at a comfortable 17.5mm width (0.68 inches). Additionally, the ingeniously designed spacebar and 2.1-inch touchpad allow your fingers to move smoothly while avoiding strain.

The Wind U100 also has the ability to magnify text within software--whether it be an Internet browser or office document--with a unique magnifying glass overlay, making it easy to focus in on what you're reading or precisely edit photos.

Finally, your Wind U100 will is constructed using a special Insert Mold Roller (IMR) technology that protects the notebook from fading and also reduces the impact of fingerprints, so the laptop will continue to look brand new.

Processor
The Intel Atom processor uses a brand new design structure that packs in 47 million transistors into a single chip sized at just 22mm (0.87 inches), and it uses just 2.5 watts of power--less than 1/10 of the 35 watts used by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor--for excellent battery management. This 1.6 GHz Atom processor also includes a power-optimized front side bus of 533 MHz for faster data transfer on demanding mobile applications and a 512 KB L2 cache (which temporarily stores data).

Hard Drive
This version of the Wind U100 comes with a 160 GB hard disk drive (5400 RPM), which offers enough to room to hold a digital audio library of over 26,000 songs and still have room left over for movies, games, and a large collection of software. This Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.

Memory
This laptop is installed with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, which has a top-of-class 667 MHz speed. It can be expanded to a maximum of 2 GB. To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.

DVD/CD Drive
Because of its size, the Wind U100 does not come with an integrated optical drive, but optional CD/DVD read/write drives can be connected to the laptop via one of the three USB ports, enabling you to create your music mixes, burn movies to DVD, and more.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This notebook can be wirelessly networked with the integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g/n). Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks, allowing you to link up to home networks as well as Wi-Fi hotspots while on the go. You'll also enjoy wireless connectivity to a wide range of peripherals with the built-in Bluetooth. It comes with the following ports:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 headphone/line-in and 1 microphone/line-out
  • 1 VGA video output (15-pin, D-Sub)
  • 4-in-1 memory card reader, compatible with Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro
  • Fast Ethernet port for a 10/100 connection

Dimensions & Weight
The MSI Wind U100 measures measures 10.23 x 7.08 x 1.24 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 2.6 pounds.

Power
This model of the Wind U100 comes with a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides up to 6 hours of usage. The long battery life is aided by the low power consumption of the Intel Atom processor, as well as MSI's ECO energy-saving technology, which can distribute power intelligently and adjust screen brightness to prolong the operating time of the battery. Using the ECO Engine software, you can choose between five power modes--gaming, movie, presentation, office and turbo battery.

What's in the Box
This package includes the MSI Wind U100 laptop in black, AC adapter, carry bag, and printed instructions. It's backed by a one-year manufacturer's warranty.

Features:
  • Intel Atom 1.6 GHz Processor 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Bus speed 6 Cell Battery 1.3 MP Web Camera Includes protective bag
  • Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN Card / Built-in 802.11b/g/n WLAN Card / Bluetooth Supported
  • Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition
  • 160 GB SATA Hard Drive, 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM, 2 GB Max
  • 4-in-1 SD/MMC/MS/MSpro Card Reader, 3 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 Mic-In Port, 1 Headphone Port, 2 Internal Speakers, SoundBlaster-compatible Audio

Customer Reviews:

  • GREAT Machine
    I bought this little gem, and it is wonderful. its fast and light and the build quality is outstanding. I LOVE the bigger screen and keyboard. I got the one with the 6 cell battery and have not looked back, to be honest the machine is quickly becoming my main everyday use machine. My other laptop which is a HP is sitting in its bag, it has 4 gigs of Ram and duel core AMD processor and Nivdia Graphics and this little Netbook smokes it, I recommend buying the extra 1 gig of ram for the 15 bucks, its easy to install and I had mine installed in uner 10 minates. Just to give you a idea I can run Quake 2 in hi res mode at 60 frames a sec and Anarchy Online at about 18-25 fps also I can run Guild Wars and get around 15-24 fps, not to bad for a little Netbook. It runs Open office like a dream and basically anything I throw at it it runs well. This machine running against a Macbook Air just makes the Air look weak. I am running WindowsXp Sp3. The screen is outstanding very bright and clear. When I am watching a movie that I have ripped and put on the harddrive it look great. Over all this is a great machine and if you are looking for a little computer to use this is the one. ...more info
  • Not too bad
    I just recently bought this mini-computer and have fallen in love with it. My laptop had gotten too heavy so it just sat in its case. The Mini goes with me everywhere. I can write to my heart's content.
    I did have some difficulty in setting up the Mini but a computer whiz helped me out...it did cost though. I also went back to the old Word program, which I have on my other computers. I needed to keep everything the same, so I could write my novels on any of my three machines. It was a good move. I just slip in a flash drive and I can move my chapters anywhere I want.
    The Mini is a blessing....more info
  • Great Netbook
    Hadn't thought about something this small until a friend bought one. Decided this was what we needed to save our marriage (wife was always on my laptop). So, she now has this "cute laptop" (her words, not mine).

    Haven't really found any negatives to it. Added a Logitech TrackMan Wheel for her to use. Plan to add Office 2003 to it so it can be more versatile. And the best part is it doesn't run on Vista!!

    We recently took an 8 hour trip and it kept her and another friend occupied playing Spider Solitaire on it (significantly reducing the number of driver corrections need). Plan on loading a GPS program on it eliminating the need for a separate system in the car....more info
  • Great little computer for the price
    I got this netbook for Christmas and have found it to be a great little machine. It is very versatile and is really quick provided you don't bog it down with too many programs. I highly recommend it. So far I have had no issues with it. Just know you have to manually turn on the wireless connection with the Fn button as it comes turned off from the factory as does the webccam....more info
  • Couldn't be Happier
    Although this is my first netbook, I have experience with several brands and sizes of laptops. I love this little computer. Before purchasing it I had also researched the ASUS 901, 904HA, 1000HA, the Samsung NC10, Dell mini 9, and Lenovo ideapad. I chose this one because it looked sturdy, had a 6 cell battery option, has wireless b/g/n and bluetooth, 160gb hdd and 1gb ram for a price lower than comparable models in other brands. And its cute. Here are some of my feelings on the product:

    1) The lack of an optical drive can be a little inconvenient, but one cannot be expected in such a small package. Given the abundance of online downloads offered by major industries (gaming, virus protection, word documents) this really does not present much of a problem except for playing cds or dvds.

    2) I had read in several reviews that the larger 6 cell battery makes the unit "tippy." I have noticed that if I push the screen without holding the keyboard it will lean backwards (keep in mind the entire thing is <3lbs), but I also lounge with this machine on the couch and it has yet to tumble backwards.

    3) While reading reviews on various netbooks I found that a common complaint was their inability to multitask or operate quickly. I find that this little netbook is able to have several tabs open at once, while downloading and supporting word documents. With its 1gb ram it is not the fastest, but I certainly have no complaints. Even with ZoneAlarm Security Suite and ForceField running in the background the Wind still boots up at a snappy pace and surfs the net easily.

    4) I admit that I was concerned about the battery life of this machine because I could find very little about its realtime life. One of the major draws toward the ASUS 904 was that most reviews said that it got around 5 hours. The Wind does not get quite that much, more like 4-4.5 hours while typing and browsing the web. I was surprised that during its initial setup (installation of web browser, virus software, word) it pulled about 3.5-4 hours despite numerous restarts.

    5) The keyboard is quite comfortable for my hands. My first laptop had a 12" screen so I am accustomed to slightly smaller keyboards, and I suppose the size of this one might be a problem for some. One feature I particularly like is that my thumb does not hit the touchpad when I go for the space bar as it did on many netbooks. Punctuation buttons are also smaller.

    5) Some reviews had mentioned that the touchpad only had one button. Yes, this is true, but the two sides of that button operate as left and right mouse buttons. If you try to push it in the middle nothing happens. Unlike some other netbooks, the touchpad button does not require much pressure.

    6) The wireless networks that I have tried thus far have been easy to connect to and have an excellent connection (not the connection that the computer shows, but the internet works quickly and I am not booted off).

    7) The side vents are WONDERFUL! In the past I have had a problem blocking my laptops' vents by putting them on the couch/carpet/my lap. This is not a problem with the Wind, which vents air through vents on the left side.

    One Note: Most pictures show the computer without the battery. The 6 cell battery does boost the computer up a bit, which was initially of great concern, but I have found that it is not too much to worry about unless you are set on having it flush against the desk.

    I have already ordered an additional gb of ram since the machine can support 2gb, and I can't wait to see how it runs with that.
    ...more info
  • MSI didn't honor their rebate offer, but Amazon comes through.
    Really like this netbook, but MSI claimed my rebate was already claimed by someone else, and refused to answer my further inquiries, which is very concerning. However, Amazon accepted responsibility for the problem and deducted the amount from my purchase price. Kudos to Amazon for their awesome customer service!...more info
  • I love this little notebook
    I bought this to carry on my Goldwing motorcycle while traveling after reading great reviews about it on the motocycle forums. Alot of guys said they end up using it as their primary computer and I can see why. I added the Crucial 1 GB Ram for under $15 and it pops right in. My office is in the basement with the pc so we leave this little notebook in the den upstairs and use it all the time. I think it will be coming with me everywhere. Its my first laptop and I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I don't think I'll want a regular size after this, its small, lightweight and easy to carry around....more info
  • MSI Wind u100-432
    Excellent netbook. Added additional 1GB of RAM and it works like a champ. Touch pad is a little sensative so I purchased a wireless mouse. No problems with the size of the key pads. Best Netbook for the money....more info
  • My MSI
    I need to carry a lot of rules and regulations on my railroad job. Putting the info on a laptop worked great, but the weight becomes an issue. I researched many of these netbooks and decided to go with the MSI because of it's many features, and capabilities. Plenty of storage and the 6 cell battery last as long as I need, till I get to a charging point. ...more info
  • Good product. Some quality issues and support issues.
    I bought this MSI WIND in DEC-24. It was delivered by AMAZON in time.

    On performance... it outperforms my old DELL INSPIRON 6000 which also has a 1.6GHZ Processor, but not the ATOM of the MSIWIND, which, by the way, is Hyperthreading, which just rocks. It runs pretty well with just 1GB of RAM included. It really outperforms with 2GB. Which is better: almost no heat, even when processor has been all day busy scanning the hard drive for viruses.

    The battery lasts nearly 5hrs or more (if using the battery life extender feature).

    Bluetooth is cumbersome to use. I've not been able to put Activesync to work yet.

    Great size. I cannot imagine typing this review on a smaller keyboard.

    After some days of using it, I found a little crack under the battery. It does not seem to be leaking any power or chemical there anyway.

    It's made in China, which made me initially doubt on the quality of the battery and other chemical related stuff.

    A bad note for MSI support is that they dont have warranty support in Latin America. So I bought a travel device, and if I want support I have to send it back to the US.

    I will probably be sending the battery back to the US for a replacement, once I get one to work while this one is in transit.

    All in all, good product, good performance, good size, good battery life, no heat, good camera, good microphone, good jacks and ports.
    One battery crack and poor support overseas for a traveling device....more info
  • Great for the Experienced Computer User
    This computer is the right answer for the novice but is even better for the experienced computer user as a highly-portable notebook for home and travel. The slightly larger size means that the screen (10" diagonally) is 8-1/2" horizontally, the size of letter paper, and therefore easier on the eyes. Also, the keyboard remains comfortable for the experienced typist with the shift key to the right of the /? key as usual, where other notebooks squish in the page-up key. The screen display is bright, the wi-fi internet connection is quick and consistent. It comes with WordPad. But you may need to load MicrosoftOffice. The set-up was easy. ...more info
  • MSI Wind U100-432 etc.
    So far working fine. I like it but, had to re-load program before I could connect with wireless network and the internet....more info
  • Weakest reception ever!
    A netbook that can barely pick up wireless signals? Sounds like what I bought. I have no priblems getting a signal with my Itouch and my ancient Palm but my brand spanking new MSI Wind, nothing - useless. Then, on the off chance it does "see" a signal it is almost always saying that it's "weak". Mind you, it isn't week when using another device or laptop. REALLY DISAPPOINTED....more info
  • Works as expected
    I really enjoy this machine! Have had it for a month.
    1. Bright Screen.
    2. Fast boot up.
    3. Comfortable keyboard size.
    4. I have had no issues with wifi connections at home or on a trip.
    5. Battery lasts a reasonable amount of time. Longer time = more weight.

    I did read all the Amazon reviews and yes it has these issues:
    1. Screen is after all a netbook size. I use F11 a lot web browsing.
    2. Touchpad is sensitive and not a control panel option. But, control panel, mouse, hardware, properties, advanced, dropped the sample rate to 60. That seemed to help.
    3. Period and / keys take getting use to.
    4. Fn key is before Ctrl key. A layout decision. Is because of using the arrow keys also for home and end. I can live with this.
    5. I use excel a lot and do run out of fingers. Highlight to the end is Shift+Ctrl+Fn+End.
    6. It is back heavy, if you put it in your lap it will tilt. I work on the couch with my feet up. But honey, I'm working. I do like the power connection on the side. I messed up my thinkpad power connection working horizontal. Try to explain that to your boss.
    7. Poor speakers. Use headphones.
    8. Have no info using video chat thingie which I understand is weak.

    Hope this helps your decision.
    Bill
    ...more info
  • Best netbook on the market! (and for macosx)
    If you're looking to make a hakintosh netbook, this is the best one to get hands down. Everything pretty much works except the mic and the camera in photobooth... people are working on drivers so I'm sure they will be fixed pretty soon. I've been using a bt headset as a workaround when using ichat. Quality wise it is very good and the screen is bright and clear. It is actually pretty fast considering the slow atom processor, but it can be overclocked to almost 2ghz in the bios. I purchased some cheap corsair ram and it runs very stable at 2ghz. I also use vmware fusion with windows xp pro and it runs with no lag. The camera is not that great, but being a netbook you shouldnt expect isight quality. I get around 4+hrs on the battery.

    i have a black macbook and ive grown very fond of this little machine... it's my girlfriend's so i have to give it up soon(which will be a sad day). I think i'll buy one for myself when they upgrade it or it becomes cheaper.

    pros: save $1300 compared to a $1799 macbook air! very portable!
    cons: camera isnt great...more info
  • It's an awful laptop
    First, they sent me a 4 cell laptop instead of the 6 cell I ordered. Second, the cursor keeps jumping all over the screen when I am writing.
    Third, the video I download from my SD card shows up with jerks and stops
    instead of the uninterrupted original.

    Also, the laptop keeps on pushing the lock of the sd card to locked position when I insert the card into the laptop for downloading what I have recorded. MSI Wind U100-432US 10-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) Black

    Amazon should stop selling such an inferior laptop. I just hope they take it back at the end of my overseas trip ending in 3rd week of February '09....more info
  • Sweet Little Netbook
    For the price--a great deal. Still waiting to see its full capability as I am surprisingly having problems finding a wireless network where I live (northern NJ). But i haven't used it outdoors much or near hotspots since getting it less than a week ago. Added the 1 GB Crucial SODIMM memory and works leaner and meaner. I accidently got some water on it and after a few days of letting it dry out, it works just fine. I recommend the memory upgrade despite the 'voiding' of the warranty

    Drawbacks: In adding the memory i found the plastic casing to be slightly flimsy... but that is to be expected if you want a thin, light notebook.
    It's not that heavy and contrary to some other reviews it doesn't tip back due to the weight of the battery. I have still to give it a charge since Receiving it Thursday (again, have been giving moderate use) but my old Dell laptop years ago would die after a week even if powered off.

    Also the mouse couldve been better. Ive seen complaints about the cursor 'jumping' and i've gotten this too. A mild annoyance. Suggest buying a usb mouse for those who feel it's a pain.

    Lastly: Webcam's dark. Not a great little thing but, it's nice it's there.
    This computer is a pleasant surprise so far and can't wait to allow this thing to kick some major @$$. ...more info
  • I REALLY love my netbook
    So far, I do love this new toy of mine. It's small enough that I carry it everywhere I want to. Now I know all the places in town that have free wifi, lol. I did get a skin from acp or something like that. It's really pretty and I think it makes my black wind look much nicer. The wind is really fast and really light. It also lasts a long time if you just get it out for lunch. I think I didn't have to charge it all last week and I brought it out for lunch and because I didn't feel like being sociable, lol. One more excuse not to talk to people. I did load a couple of games onto it and Sims 2 plays okay, but Neverwinter Nights (the original one) was really choppy. I just need to put some more RAM in and I'll try it again.
    ...more info
  • MSI Wind U100 Review
    I love this note/net book. However,the wireless card is very poor, so I replaced it with the Dell version. The touch pad is a little sensitive. The battery is great 3 to 4 hours. The memory is upgradable to 2G. The screen resolution on an external monitor is great at 1080p. ...more info
  • Smashed my MSI Wind, and Repairs were a Breeze!
    We bought our MSI WIND for traveling and checking email, and have been pleased with it.
    While on vacation, my husband dropped the netbook on tile floor. He smashed it!
    The Sturdy MSI WIND was still operable, but needed a repair. The case and hinges were all destroyed.
    My husband emailed the company, and arranged to have it mailed in, and an estimate given for a fee of 50 dollars. I thought that was a little steep. But then we got the estimate for repair, 35 bucks! I got it back within one week! And it looks like new, everything is running smoothly. My baby is back! ...more info
  • For A NetBook worth the money
    I purchased this item with the express intent of using it to complete my last semester at college. I was initially apprehensive and unsure which of the netbooks on the market to purchase. I completed an exhaustive research to ensure there was enough computing power to run the necessary programs, MatLAB and SAS, the MSI Wind fit the bill.

    First issue, I had to purchase an external optical drive, none of my software was downloadable or on a USB drive. The second was getting the WiFi to work, ok that was Fn F11 it then worked. Finally turning the touchpad off, I am constantly hitting it with my palm, again another Fn F buttton (forgot which one). The last I have to do eveytime, but I expected it.

    So far all is working well....more info
  • Very Good, Some Quirks
    First, price: if you shop around, you can find a bit cheaper. I bought this bad-boy for $380 for J&R, and they're currently offering it for $370 (1/25/09). I have the MSI Wind, Black, 6cell, Wireless N, 160gb HDD, 1gb RAM.

    I owned the Lenovo s10 before this thing, but I had to return it for two reasons:
    1. The fan was driving me crazy. It would intermittently turn on and off, sometimes without me even doing anything, and it was very loud
    2. It was 3 cell battery

    NOISE:
    Compared to the Lenovo, the MSI Wind U100 (6cell) is very quiet, and I like my computers quiet. The fan turns on occasionally, but even when it's on, it's not a disturbing noise at all. I think this is due to the fact that there are a lot of vents in the Wind that direct the heat out. The only somewhat bothersome noise comes from the hard drive. after it stops spinning, it makes this single click sound for a few minutes - not sure what it's doing exactly, readjusting?

    It's definitely not loud enough to disturb a lecturer in a classroom, or your wife in bed, but I think when the ssd's drop to a reasonable price, I'll replace it.

    STYLE:
    The Wind is fairly good looking, I must say. It is not as sleek as the Lenovo, but it is attractive. The shiny glossy lid doesn't bother me at all, and I like the matte screen.

    KEYBOARD:
    I'm currently touch typing this review on the keyboard, with few mistakes. There are 3 quirky keys that I wish were different. There are two backslash keys, one next to the enter bar and one next the Left shift key. Not sure why I need two, but as a result, I used to hit them when trying to hit the enter and shift keys.

    First the enter key. It's hughe, but in the wrong dimension. Really, I don't need a two story enter key, instead I'd rather it be longer so I can get it to easier. Instead though, there's a backslash key next to it on the home row, which shortens the enter key on the home row. Once I remapped it though (sharpkeys), it's been much better.

    The right shift key is pretty good. However, the comma period and front slash keys are all smaller in size, and I can't seem to hit the front slash key (for question marks) without looking down at the keyboard - both due to it's small size as well as the fact that it's shift over to the left a small amount

    The Fn and Control keys on the left are switched, and I can't remap them. I'm just trying to get used it - but it makes ctrl-c and ctrl-v a little harder.

    BATTERY:
    My real world battery life is probably like 4ish hours. The screen is fairly bright, and when mobile, I keep it at the lowest setting, which works out fine with me and gives me up to 4:30 hrs.

    SCREEN:
    Screen is very nice. No complaints about it.

    PERFORMANCE:
    I haven't ran into any issues with performance. I just do the regular stuff - internet, word, etc. I must say though that I've installed chrome instead of firefox, foxit instead of adobe, open office instead MS Office, and AVG instead of Norton. Also, I'm currently running Windows 7 in a double boot format, and it runs great!

    OVERALL:
    I'd give this comp a 4.5 due to it's relatively cheap price and functionality. I'm not giving it a 5 because it's keyboard layout could have been a little smarter and the weird hard drive noise. I haven't seen any other 10" netbooks at this pricepoint that I would recommend. However, the hp 2140 promises to be the best netbook out there at the $500 price point....more info
  • MSI Wind U100
    Great little Netbook. Dual booting Win 7 beta & OSX. Both run great with RAM upgraded to 2GB. Only con is the mouse button and touchpad....more info
  • MSI NETBOOK RETURNED
    I RETURNED THE MSI NETBOOK BECAUSE I COULD NOT LINK IT TO MY DSL WIRELESS MODEM. I FOUND THAT THE DOCUMENTATION SUPPLIED WITH THE MSI NETBOOK WERE SO GENERAL THAT THEY WAS NO HELP. WEB SUPPORT FOR THE MSI NETBOOK WAS UNRESPONSIVE. I THEREFOR, RETURNED THE MACHINE. AMAZON MADE THE RETURN VERY EASY....more info
  • Great Machine
    The machine has worked wonderfully. There is the problem with the wireless network card not picking up networks easily, but as others have mentioned, disabling the power saving options (strangely enough, on the wired network card, not the wireless, for me at least) fixed this problem. Other than that the machine has worked wonderfully. Even installed the beta of Windows 7 on it recently, and it works great. The bluetooth driver on Windows 7 seems to be a little bugged, but disabling / re-enabling the device in the device manager fixes this problem.

    The main keys (a-z, etc) on the keyboard are nice and easy to type on, even for my fat fingers. Some of the additional keys are a little small and can be annoying at times, but it's a minor issue. ...more info