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MSI Wind U120-001US 10-Inch Gray Netbook - 6 Cell Battery
List Price: $329.99

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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, 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/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. 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

Features:
  • Intel Atom 1.6 GHz Processor, 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Bus speed
  • 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
  • 160 GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Home Edition, 6 Cell Battery
  • Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Modem Module, Built-in 802.11b/g WLAN Card

Customer Reviews:

  • A good value.
    I am very happy with my little computer. My other laptop weighs over ten pounds and now just sits on my desk. I take the MSI everywhere and it is very easy to carry into the library other wifi locations. Moving data from one computer to the other with the sd card is very easy and convienent and so far I haven't missed the cd drive at all. It is very rugged and the battery seems oversized but that works into a good two hours of battery life. The one problem I have is it keeps asking for the product key for the trial microsoft office program that is on it and I don't know how to get it, do I have to buy it or is it included on the system somewhere? Documentation with the package was virtually nonexistent and the little that was there was a weak translation to english. ...more info
  • Wow!!
    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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Nice laptop, but pardon the English user manual
    This is a very nice laptop, the best value among the 10 inch models I've researched. The comparable Lenovo model only comes with a 3 cell battery compared to a 6 cell on this one and its $50 more. Unit lasts about 5 hours on the default setting. The 160GB drive is partitioned into 2 drives: the c: drive is 40GB and the d: drive is 120GB. Not sure why it's done that way. As with all netbooks, there is no optical drive so you'd have to buy an external USB drive. Also comes with a plastic padded carrying case that is a piece of junk.

    If you're particular about English, do not read the user manual. I know this unit was made in the far east, but good grief, can't they find a technical writer who went to an american university?...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
  • So far, so good.
    I received my netbook yesterday, and so far I am very pleased with it. First, let me say, I am NOT a techie kind of girl. I purchased this machine because I am starting a masters program and I wanted something I could carry in my book bag. It's connecting well to the wireless router in my house and I'd say the internet speed (on Chrome browser)is absolutely as fast as my desktop. The keyboard is a smidge smaller than a traditional laptop, but I can still touch type with it.Web pages are surprisingly easy to view- I expected it to be far more limited. I did not upgrade the memory from one to two gig yet but I have had no problem with performance even with more than one application open at a time. I am not loving formatting a document on this screen, but then I am using office 2007 (not included on the MSI Wind) for the first time and kind of hating the new program, so I don't think I can really blame the computer for that. Things that aren't so great- the track pad is pretty bad with difficult to click right and left buttons- I plan to use a usb mouse. Also the speakers aren't great quality. All things considered, for the price and the portability, I am impressed with this little computer....more info
  • Great for what it does, but terrible sound quality
    I bought this computer to travel with and to talk to some of my toys that don't talk to my Mac. Overall it's a great machine. It's small enough to be a dayplanner, it's very light, and the battery lasts forever. I wish MSI had spent a little more on the speakers, they are really tinny and not loud enough....more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Great Design But No RAM upgrade possible
    I thought this was the perfect netbook when I pre-ordered. But when it came I saw the RAM was not upgradable to 2gb like most netbooks (and like I believe the description stated when I ordered)

    I used it for a bit and found the screen, keyboard and touchpad all excellent.

    Plugged into a projector and it worked wonderfully.

    It was a bit off balance, wanting to tip back when on a non-level surface.

    Lack of expandability is the reason I am sending it back. I will miss it. It is an amazing machine other than the expandability flaw.

    PS some web sites say this is a manufacturing problem and they will solve it in a few months. So this may become viable some day.

    PS2.. SOmetimes I wonder why I bother to post reviews. I spent time and money on this. And shared the good and the fatal (in my opinion) flaw. Then the comments... I must be stupid because I wouldn't need a memory upgrade... And MSI would void the warranty if I upgraded memory.

    Other netbook vendors would not void warranties for memory upgrades... And for what I intend 2mb is marginal.

    If you only want a minimal netbook you could save some money with another model. If you want a top of the line netbook and plan to use it as a computer... buy another brand so you can expand memory.

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    PS I just got my ASUS 1000HE last night. It is WONDERFUL. I would highly recommend spending the few extra $ and getting the ASUS.. RAM easily upgradable, bluetooth (you can use your phone's data plan for wireless high speed internet), 9.5 hours battery life. I returned the MSI WIND before I knew of the ASUS but I am so glad now.
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  • A great computer with just the right options
    I normally want a computer to surf the net, answer my emails and write a document PERIOD. My MSI Wind U120 does just that. I use it daily for work. It's small size makes it easy to carry around and is inexpensive. I dumped Microsoft Office which you must pay for after their warranty period and replaced it with OpenOffice which does the same things and is free. It will run OSX and Linux if you want to install them as well.

    I paid more that what Amazon lists it at over a month ago, but am very pleased with my purchase. Highly recommend this netbook....more info
  • Excelent product for low price!
    the netbook is just great, a few things that i dont like is the touchpath mouse click is too plastic and is not expandable for 2 Gigas the U120 cant be upgraded so please don not buy the extra memory.

    For the rest the computer is great! for 300USD$

    Enjoy it ...more info