|MSI Wind U120-024US 10-Inch White Netbook - 6 Cell Battery
|List Price: $329.99
Our Price: Too low to display
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, or "netbook" 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 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. 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 Facial Recognition Software for Security Built-in 802.11b/g Wireless 10/100 Ethernet LAN 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 - 2.3 Pounds
- Intel Atom 1.6 GHz Processor, 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Bus speed, 160 GB SATA Hard Drive, 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM, 2 GB Max, 6 Cell Battery
- Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Modem Module, Built-in 802.11b/g WLAN Card, WiMAX-ready, Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition
- Reviewing the MSI Wind U120 Notebook
Works good. It has met all my expections. Haven't had any problems with the computer. Using it just for e-mail. ...more info
- excellent value & performance
perfect solution for commuter to work in the train, or play some games.
perfect form and function...more info
- Decent Computer Except for Poor Sound and Display Problem
I just have two issues with the U120. First, the speakers are totally unacceptable. Sound quality is extremely poor and volume is too low for movies or music. Second, after having used the computer for three weeks, the displays has two lines running right down the screen. The best part about the computer is the 6-cell lithium battery, which gives it much longer usage without recharge than other netbooks.
- Better than a regular laptop!! :-)
The MSI WIND U120 is a great laptop. The Atom processor seems a lot faster than the core 2 duo on my older laptop, but maybe that is due to the fresh install of xp. BUYER BEWARE, you are stuck with 1GB of ram, but i haven't had any problems. I will buy another once MSI comes out with an updated U120 that has expandability slots for memory. My wife uses the U120 for internet and music... its just very convenient to use the wind than going into the office and booting up our main computer.
BTW, the 6 cell battery is AWESOME!!! it charges quick and the screen stays bright for hours!!!
I was skeptical on buying a net book because i have large hands, but the keyboard is great. No problems whatsoever, very comfortable. for $350, you can't beat this purchase. The only upgrades you can do to this computer is upgrading the 160GB hard drive to a SSD for quicker boot up and load times.
The speakers absolutely suck, but better than not having any at all. Use headphones, sound is great
Overall, I love this machine. I found the wind U120 to be very quiet while the machine never gets hot, but lukewarm. This machine is a little future proof when considering the operating system. Windows XP comes with it out of the box, but you have options like Ubuntu or any other version of Linux and then you have MAC OSX. I can't comment on this, but it is very easy to do, but the research is on you. Hint: try youtube.com.
Windows 7 is coming out this year and as a beta tester of the new OS myself, I can say that if windows 7 runs faster than xp. That will make this machine even better. Finally, I must say that the MSI Wind has changed my perspective of what a notebook should be.
If your on the fence, I could only recommend you to make the jump and buy this thing. You won't regret your purchase....more info
- Great Netbook, Don't be Fooled into Buying More Memory
I've had it for one week and love it. It is perfect for internet browsing and ok for office applications. The 1 gig memory is adequate.
I too was fooled into buying the 1gig ram upgrade due to the "commonly purchased together" link. I returned the ram and emailed a complaint, but the link touting the memory upgrade still exists. Even worse when I just came to the web page to write this review, a banner ad showed up to a memory supplier offering upgraded memory for the U120.
It just cannot happen due to the soldered on memory board.
- Caution--No Memory Expansion
Seeking a way to present my PowerPoint lectures conveniently, I investigated the very popular netbooks. The MSI Wind looked dandy, and I requested one from the Amazon website. "Purchased with this item", a common Amazon addendum, included a one gig memory stick add-on. This I ordered as well. Imagine my surprise when, after trying unsuccessfully for 20 minutes to remove the netbook bottom, I went on line and learned that THIS MODEL WILL NOT ACCOMMODATE MEMORY EXPANSION!!! This little fact was not mentioned in the product description, and the come-on to buy a memory stick was further misleading.
Now, the product itself is terrific. Even without the added memory, it is fast, clean, in fact perfect. I highly recommend the MSI wind netbook as a light, highly portable, classic windows machine....more info
- good compact netbook
I got his computer for my mom and she loves it. Eventhough the screen is too small for me, she seems to like it.
It is also the perfect travel netbook for college students looking to use it for note taking.
I got...more info
- Good Product but there is a Memory issue
This is a great product. Easy to use. Lightweight. Nice screen.
Note the current MSI Wind 120 is NOT RAM upgradable. Even though Amazon is suggesting getting the ram with this netbook, the slot for RAM expansion has been eliminated. So 1 GB RAM max. I am stuck with RAM I cannot use in this computer. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars....more info
- Good Netbook for $329, Brightest netbook right now, Windows 7 works flawlessly
I have had this for a few days now. There are so many netbooks on the market and the differences are minor.
I have 3 other netbooks, the HP mini 1000, Acer Aspire One and this. I have had the Eee 1000H but returned it because of some problems it was having.
The HP mini is the slimmest of them all. Its also the lightest. But it the battery is the shortest. Its about 2 hours 10 minutes. The Acer aspire one battery life is great, I easily get over 4:30 on it and thats with Vista Home Premium installed.
This one I just had for a short period gets at least 3.5 hours with regular sufting on windows 7. The design is one of the nicest netbooks so far, much nicer than the first WIND. The case is Charcoal Gray and the everything else is black, the pictures almost make it look gray but when I got it home its all black except for the lid.
This netbook has face identification softward which works most of the time. The lighting has to be perfect or it won't allow you to log in without a password.
The screen is very bright and matte finished which although isn't as nice looking as shiny screens, is much more useable in bright places.
The RAM is not upgradeable but 1 gig is plenty for a 8 year old operating system (XP) I upgraded to Windows 7 Beta.
The battery makes the netbook a bit thicker than other netbooks but just about every netbook that comes with a 6 cell battery protrudes.
The laptop looks more expensive than most netbooks such as an of the Eee PCs. This one looks like it could be a business man's computer.
The laptop opens further than the HP mini but it is more top heavy than any other netbook I know of.
The screen brightness really is brighter than any Asus Eee PC I've used or seen and makes everything pop with crystal clarity.
I installed Windows 7 on it and it works perfectly. I can't get the face recognition software to work properly but who cares as it was finiky anyways so I just use a regular password.
Overall I really like this, especially for the $329 it cost from Amazon. ...more info
- Press Function-F11 to turn on the WiFi
I bought this for a friend and have been setting up software and updates for them over the past couple of days. I think the styling of the HP Mini is much nicer than the MSI Winds, but I'm getting battery life of 4 hours and change on this for a much better price. I think most folks can put up with that.
The gray, angular design really evokes some of HPs designs from about 3 years ago, like if an HP business notebook and the MSI Wind U100 had a baby together. Or if an MSI Wind had a baby with another MSI Wind, but it turned out the biological father was really an HP business notebook. Anyhow, this goes to say that while this isn't a Vivienne Tam fashion statement, it doesn't come across looking like a toy either, as some of the other netbooks do. It feels solid, even without crazy aluminum unibody casing or something like that.
I will say that there are a few quirks in the unboxing process that caught me by surprise. One is the the boot-up/install time. You turn the thing on, and it sits there for 15+ minutes installing Windows, I guess, onto a 30 GB partition of the hard drive. The other partition is ~100 GB, and labelled D:, but this is non-obvious to novice users who might wonder where the heck the rest of their drive space went.
The other unboxing/first-time use thing is that the WiFi and camera have to be turned on with a combination of the Fn key and the top row of F-keys. I'm sure this was in the paper insert somewhere in the box, but it wasn't obvious to me, and it would've been nicer to just have a big fat button with a lighted symbol of what it was supposed to turn on, e.g. a webcam or a wireless/radio symbol. By the way, the webcam image is nothing to write home about, but it does ok for Skype etc. WiFi range is pretty good, though -- it almost outslugs the access points I can see from my Macbook. Not sure if that's good, actually, but it sure ain't bad.
1GB of RAM seems to do just fine for this XP-based machine; it can feel a little sluggish if you decide to open three different browsers, Microsoft Office, and some video applications at the same time, but if you're doing that in the first place -- on a netbook -- then maybe you need a prescription for Ritalin. Maybe this is a function of the processor also, I'm not sure. Certainly this isn't the machine to be running Photoshop on while you watch re-runs of You Suck at Photoshop.
The keyboard bothers me a little (but then, a lot of things bother me, just a little bit). The period and comma keys are a little narrow for my liking -- but it beats the keyboard layout of the Dell Mini 9 and the EeePC I saw over at Best Buy. It's sort of like if you had a flight of stairs in your home but the last two steps were a little more narrow. You get used to it, but it's not exactly something you enjoy. That said, in this continued analogy, all the other stairs are close to normal sized, and so I'd say that the keyboard, while certainly not full-sized, comes as close to it as possible while maintaining the compact netbook form factor. The trackpad is a little small for my liking, but this was the case on nearly every netbook I saw.
What's really impressive about this machine is that for $350, this is a rather solid deal. I can see this particular model -- or netbooks like it -- becoming increasingly popular with enterprise users down the line, particularly for those users who already have a desktop at their... well... desks. It has ports galore off the sides. It has just enough oomph to run Office 2003 for your basic productivity-type needs, enough space to store your Neil Diamond mp3 anthology. It has an interesting facial recognition and webcam fun/toy app that you probably won't use.
Oh, speaking of mp3s, the sound from the stereo speakers is tinny but loud enough to do a speakerphone-like conference with someone over Skype. It's sort of the sound quality that I'd expect from a notebook this size, so I guess my expectations must've been not too high to begin with.
So I'm actually going to give this four stars. Then again, five stars would probably notch the price up a bit, at which point you'd probably have to give it four stars because the price was higher than most other netbooks. Thus, we are at an impasse, and so I end my review here....more info
- Excellent mobile computer
I've owned my MSI Wind, w/6 cell battery, since November, and have no complaints (but, one suggestion). After traveling with notebook computers for at least the past 15 years, it is great to finally have an alternative that weighs less then 3 lbs, has a long battery life, and runs all the software that I normally use on the road.
One suggestion for MSI -- ship the netbook w/the Wi Fi turned on, or at least a card with a hint to his Fn F11 to turn it on. I only found out by finding that hint on the internet. Several friends who saw my MSI Wind went out and bought one of their own. They all like 'em... but all called to ask how to turn on the Wi Fi!
Great computer, not as powerful as my desktop, but perfect for travel. And, the price just keeps getting better!...more info
- Also Disappointed
I also bought this with the understanding it would be upgradeable to 2Gb. Amazon recommended the purchase of the additional 1 Gb and the carry case at the time of purchase. I understood that opening the case to upgrade would violate the warranty but I was willing to do that for the additional ram. I was very disappointed when after opening the case I discovered that it is not upgradeable. I have now violated the warranty and I have a useless 1Gb ram module to look at. ...more info
I recieved my msi wind u120 yesterday, and love it. It has a lot of features that are worth a hell of a lot more than $350. It might take a little while to configure the wifi, but with manual I figured it out. I am a Windows newbie, and haven't had a lot of experiences running xp, but I find the detailed instructions right in the manual on an icon, and pretty simple to follow. I use macs, but needed something with windows for school that was small, and powerful, but affordable at the same time. I researched many different netbooks, and this is the best. I highly recommend. ...more info
- Solid Netbook, room for improvement
I have owned this netbook for a few weeks now and I am pleased with it.
My ratings based on a maximum 5 star scale:
Battery Life: *****
This computer is very practical for mobile computing. The keyboard is usable for people who know how to type and the battery provides plenty of extended power.
The keyboard, the location of the Fn (Function key) is where the Crtl (Control) ought to be and vice versa. The keyboard is cramped but big enough for someone who knows how to type to use.
The sound on this computer is poor via both the speakers and the via the internal headphone jack !? This makes watching a movie practically impossible - which considering the size of the hard drive and the battery life was something that would have been very nice to be able to do. I rated the computer 4 stars because of this, perhaps this is more or less important to you.
The display is only 600 pixels high and I find that a lot of software is made for a display size slightly larger - a minor inconvenience.
To make this computer more usable, I created a shared drive on my home computer network for transferring files to and from this computer. I also shared a DVD-drive on our kitchen computer so that this netbook could access a DVD drive, but this is not very practical because of the slowness of wi-fi, but if you have the ability to plug your netbook into a network via cable, this might work better. When you need to install from a DVD/CD, you can create an ISO image on another pc, copy that image to a thumb drive and then use a program like MagicISO to mount and read the virtual CD drive - or you can just shell out for an external CDRom/DVD reader/writer.
Overall I am very pleased with this computer, but it's too bad that the sound makes it no good for watching movies.
- Great price, love it so far....
Everything is great so far. The only thing I didnt notice was mine does not have bluetooth and I wish it did, but that was my mistake in overlooking that detail. Size is great, the keyboard is good for what it is and I it. No complaints here!...more info