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MSI U123

alaTest has collected and analyzed 231 reviews of MSI U123. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the price and usability are on the whole positive. The battery and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the durability. Many are less positive about the touchpad.

performance, portability, battery, usability, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the MSI U123 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 user reviews of MSI U123 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the battery and price. The usability and portability also get good opinions, but opinions are divided on the durability.

performance, portability, usability, price, battery

96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MSI Wind U123-001US 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook - 6 Cell BatteryMSI Wind U123-002US 10.2-Inch Red Netbook - 6 Cell BatteryMSI U123-003US 10.2 Blue Netbook - 9.5 Hour Battery Life

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Nathan Edwards (

MSI Wind U123


MSI's latest venture into the netbook market offers slightly faster performance than the rest of the netbooks we've tested with much longer battery life to boot, but the nine-cell battery that makes that possible sends the MSI Wind U123 into the...

Fastest, longest-lasting netbook we've yet tested; bright screen; comfortable keyboard

Battery adds bulk; Function & Ctrl keys reversed; upgrading could be easier

If you don't mind a bit of junk in the trunk, the Wind U123's nine-cell battery will fast win you over

Sep, 2009


Expert review by: Michael Brown (

MSI Wind U123-003US


People buy netbooks for two reasons: They're extremely portable and they're pretty darned cheap. The MSI Wind U123 satisfies both criteria and throws in a bonus: Incredibly long battery life.

Fantastic battery life; support for 802.11n wireless networks; great display

Wired networking limited to 100Mb/sec; glossy finish prone to fingerprint smudges; no gigabit wired Ethernet; some half-sized keys

It's not the fastest netbook we've tested or the lightest one we've hefted, but its specs are definitely respectable.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Lauren Barnard (

MSI MSI Wind U123-003US


It's been a year since the Wind U100, the "big" sibling to the MSI Wind U123, came out--and the similarities between the two netbooks are eerie. Both run Windows XP Home Edition, and both carry 1GB of RAM, a Webcam and mic, and essentially everything...

Good battery life ; Nice design

Slightly cramped keyboard ; Obnoxious mouse buttons

MSI's second Wind (netbook, that is) gives more of the same: Decent performance, value and a hackable Mac OS X box.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

MSI Wind U123 (003US)


The only differentiating feature in the MSI Wind U123 (003US) netbook is the humongous battery, which sticks out like a sore thumb.

Long, long battery life. Comfortable mouse buttons

Huge battery is unsightly. Design is boring. Features lack differentiation. Performance scores should've been much better

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

MSI Wind U123 Review


For just $379, the MSI Wind U123 offers good performance for a netbook and more than 8 hours of endurance. While the similarly configured ASUS Eee PC 1000HE ($399) andSamsung N110($469) have more comfortable touchpads and slightly better keyboards, the...

Attractive design, Comfortable keyboard, More than 8 hours of battery life, Affordable price

Stiff mouse buttons, Nine-cell battery adds weight, Small touchpad

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Niel (

Review of MSI Wind U123


When MSI released the U120, we didn't expect there would be an upgraded version but here it is, the MSI Wind U123. The most important upgrade in the U123 is the Intel Atom N280 CPU. This netbook can now also …

The MSI Wind U123 is the updated version of MSI’s U120 with a better processor and longer battery life. Priced at $379, this netbook gets a must-buy from us.

Sep, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

MSI Wind U123


Though most of the MSI Wind U123's specs follow the standard netbook formula, its incredible battery life makes it a standout.

Superb battery life; comfortable keyboard; supports 802.11n wireless networking; stylish case design; inexpensive

Small touch pad; loud, stiff touch-pad buttons

Other than its mediocre touch pad with its stiff buttons, the Wind U123 doesn't have any major flaws. And while few of its features are real standouts, its amazing battery life makes all the difference in today's crowded netbook/ultramobile market....

May, 2009

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

MSI Wind U123T netbook


MSI's Wind U123T is the perfect netbook for the TV junkie

Relatively cool and quiet during use, good touchpad, integrated digital TV tuner, face recognition login

Small comma, period and slash keys; no manual switch for wireless radios; poor balance; short battery life

The MSI Wind U123T is a fine netbook for travellers, students and TV junkies. It ships with a digital TV tuner that lets you record programs onto the netbook and then watch them while on the road. It's also useful for typing documents, viewing photos...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Lauren Barnard (

MSI Wind U123 review


Both run Windows XP Home Edition, and both carry 1GB of RAM, a webcam and mic, and in essence everything else, except the MSI Wind U123 features a bulbous nine-cell battery and the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N280 processor (versus the U100's N270 CPU). In...

In the end, the MSI Wind U123 will receive compliments on its sleek looks from coffee-shop hipsters. After all, the U123's exterior is eye-catching - even sexy, considering the glossy deep-blue finish of our review model. Look a little closer, however,...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Techworld (

MSI Wind U123 netbook


In the end, the MSI Wind U123 will receive compliments on its sleek looks from coffee-shop hipsters. After all, the U123's exterior is eye-catching - even sexy, considering the glossy deep-blue finish of our review model. Look a little closer, however,...

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications

U123 offers a 10.2" wide (1024x 600 resolution) LCD display as oppose to the typical smaller sizes to provide better comfort while reading. The 1024x 600 resolution can relief concerns of the full display of WebPages while browsing, giving you the freedom when exploring the internet. The U123 is embedded with the LED power-saving backlight technology in providing better color fullness and brightness, elevating the total quality of imagery. Furthermore, the lower usage of power can offer a longer operating time. The frame is approximately 10.23" in length and 7" in width. It is only 1.3" in thickness making it extremely thin. The total weight added with the battery is not more than 2.6 lbs, making the U123 Series very ideal for taking it on the go. MSI has the same persistence for proper ergonomically design even on the keyboards of smaller notebook computers. The keyboard of the U123 not only has great texture, it also increased the space between the keys to 0.68", allowing you to be as comfortable as you can. Ingeniously designed spacebar and touchpad, so your fingers can move smoothly while avoiding strain. The U123 has the 802.11 b/g/n, you can enjoy the convenience of accessing the internet at home or out with U123. Equipped with high resolution webcam, high-performance 2 channel stereo speakers, and microphone, all fitted perfectly within the framework design, expressing the slickness of technology and the elegance of modern fashion. Web-chats can be broadcasted instantly not missing one exciting moment. The photo taken is very sharp in resolution and brilliant in colors, capturing precise imagery both indoor or out, adding more fun to instant messaging. U123 offers a complete entertainment interface, which includes the 4 in 1 card reader, so it may meet the standards of the mainstream memory cards, making it easy to upload digital files into the notebook computer. Also connecting to the U123 Series through USB 2.0 Port.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):10hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:10.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):25.9cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 600
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Manufacturer:Micro Star International Computer / MSI/MSI
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:MSI Wind

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:533MHz/667MHz


Color:Midnight blue/Red/Ruby red


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Bluetooth / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/802.11b/g/n/802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth / 802.11b/g/n

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Starter/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Processor Number:N280


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB
Notebook Type:Netbook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950