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MSI Wind U160 Netbook
This model is the latest netbook by MSI, a piping hot model from their Wind series released few days back in India. MSI knows their stuff when it comes to netbooks, and this one's got a heavy claim of super juiced up battery life, plus it sports all the candy that a new netbook should like the Atom N450, 16p Gb HDD etc. So let’s take a closer look.
What we have here is a high gloss affair for the entire exterior and interior surfaces comprising the lid right through to the touchpad. The battery itself juts out from behind the hinge, it’s a 6 cell piece, thus it’s not small or compact in size. But I still feel the battery juts out a bit too much, other models don’t have this problem. Another point is that the battery is an aluminum contrasting color, thus finicky users might not like the stark color difference.
The Keyboard is chiclet style, with a considerable gap in between keys. This is personally my less favorite arrangement; it tends to be a bit cramped for those with larger fingers. The touchpad is dotted for demarcation and friction, with a separate silver button placed below. This arrangement is better than some models with integrated buttons, they suck.
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Starter
Display 10.1" LED Backlight WSVGA Screen (1024x600)
Intel CPU & Chipset Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHZ, 512 cache, Intel NM10
Graphics: Integrated GMA 3150
Memory DDR2 1GB
Storage 250GB2.5” SATA2 HDD 5400rpm
Camera 1.3M Pixels
Input / Output 1 x Mini VGA Connector
3 x USB 2.0
1 x LAN RJ-45
2 x Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
Card Reader: MMC/SD(SDHC)
Battery 6 cell Li-polymer battery
Dimensions 10.2 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
Weight 2.6 lbs
Verdict and Analysis
Rs 23,999 is the quoted price, and at the outset we can say that it’s a bit expensive, especially considering the fact that there are cheaper options available. But there are few very well demarcated turfs of advantage here: one being a very strong battery life. Our Battery eater Pro Classic rating was about 6 hours, which is a great reading. On normal usage like browsing , 'MS officing' etc we received a battery life of 9 hours 45 minutes, a healthy rating for sure.
CPU performance and graphics were above average in their readings, all positive points for the U160. On the flip side, the keyboard is not the most comfortable, plus the touch pad button could have been broader. The battery juts out a bit from the back, MSI should have tried to recess it into the body a bit. Other than these points, the netbook is a great piece for performance, it’s clearly recommended, especially if the price reduces a bit in the coming months.