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MSI U123

alaTest has collected and analyzed 237 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the keyboard and portability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the touchpad.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) the MSI U123 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for MSI U123

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 user reviews of MSI U123 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People really like the battery and price. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the durability.

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96% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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 U123-001US 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook - 6 Cell Battery

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Nathan Edwards (maximumpc.com)

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: Lauren Barnard (pcworld.com)

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 (pcmag.com)

MSI Wind U123 (003US)

 

The Wind U123 boasts the biggest battery in a netbook, but everything else is just middle of the road.

Long, long battery life. Comfortable mouse buttons.

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

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Jun, 2009

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

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 (techreviews.tv)

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 (computershopper.com)

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 (goodgearguide.com.au)

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 (techadvisor.co.uk)

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 (techworld.com)

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

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Very nice unit

 

Really nice unit with insane battery life thanks to the huge 9 cell included. Also was able to successfully run a dual boot Windows XP / OSX install on this. System also allows for upgrading to 2 GB of RAM, which I did and I also replaced the 5400 RPM...

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Mar, 2011

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

Audio system:HD Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery life (max):3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 6
Run Time (Up To):10hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Grey / Red / White
Product type:Netbook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7.1in
Height:1.2in/1.3in
Weight:2.6lbs/3.2lbs
Width:10.2in

Display

Aspect Ratio:5:3
Display Diagonal:10
Display Resolution:1024 x 600

Display (Projector)

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

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:20
AC adapter power:40
Power supply:40

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Micro Star International Computer / MSI/MSI
Model:U123-001US/U123-002US/U123-003US/U123-004US/U123-019US/U123-025US/U123-033US
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:MSI Wind

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard

Keyboard

Pointing device:Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz/667MHz

Memory

Internal memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:533

Miscellaneous

Color:Midnight blue/Red/Ruby red

Modem

Type: None

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
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
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Fast Ethernet, WLAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
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

Other Features

Display:LCD
Graphics:GMA 950
Graphics adapter:GMA 950
Wireless Technology:802.11b/g / 802.11b/g or 802.11b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:20
AC adapter power:40
Power supply:40

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Manufacturer:Intel
Number of Processing Die Transistors:47
Processing die size:26
Processor:N280
Processor cache:0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville
Processor cores:1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.66
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:N280
Processor Number:N280
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5
Tjunction:90
Type:Atom

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:N
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:41411
Processor code:SLGL9
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

RAM

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Reader 9.1, Burn Recovery, Win Rar, Easy Face, Windows Live v3.0 / Adobe Reader 9.1, Burn Recovery, Win Rar, Easy Face, Windows Live v3.0\n
Operating system installed:Windows XP Home Edition
Trial software:Norton, Office / Office, Norton

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, xD
Hard Drive Capacity:160
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Host interface:SATA

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.09
Height:0.78 / 1.3
Weight:2.2
Width:10.2 / 104.7