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MSI Wind U230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money and portability. The performance and keyboard are also appreciated. There are some less positive views about the touchpad and battery.

screen, keyboard, performance, portability, value for money

battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) the MSI Wind U230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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MSI Wind 12 (U230-040US)


The MSI Wind12 U230 ($430, as of April 16, 2010) offers the performance of an ultraportable in the chassis of a netbook. But poor battery life turns a strong contender into a lame duck.

The MSI Wind 12 U230 offers a roomy screen in a portable package, with strong performance but fleeting battery life.

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MSI Wind U230-040US 12.1-inch Netbook


MSI's line of Wind netbooks aren't all packed with 10-inch and smaller screens and Intel hardware. The MSI U230-040US netbook I am checking out today is a 12.1-inch rig with AMD power. But is it worth...

The MSI Wind U230-040US is a nice netbook that has a larger screen and keyboard than you typically find in the netbook market. The big screen and keyboard make this one of the more comfortable netbooks around, even if the strange right shift key and...

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MSI Wind U230-040 Review - MSI's Atom Smasher


The MSI Wind U230 with AMD components has potential to be an Intel Atom / NVIDIA ION killer. The performance and price is right, so why wouldn't you get one? We dig a bit deeper. What is notable from the se...


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MSI Wind U230-040US Notebook Review


Today I am looking at the MSI Wind U230-040US notebook. The notebook is one of the first from MSI to use the AMD Athlon Neo X2 processor. Shoppers looking for a 12.1-inch ultraportable with hardware on the lower end of the price scale will want to...

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Mini Notebook or Maxi Netbook? A Nettop replacement?


This thing is amazing considering the price I paid for it ($300) - it can be a laptop surrogate or a nettop surrogate. It only lacks the p in the 1080 HDMI compatibility to be really an amazing bundle, but it's a great second laptop/netbook for home...

Huge: anti-reflective screen, a rare find in consumer notebooks, usually $100 extra ; 11.6" screen ; 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium ; LED backlit screen ; 2 GB RAM ; 1366 x 768 resolution ; 1.3 Megapixel webcam ; Same power brick as my Toshiba's

A bit tightened up keyboard takes time to get used to if you're a touch typist ; no 802.11a (5 GHz band) WiFi capability ; Yesteryear CPU ; Hot bottom left side after prolonged use ; The Fan can be heard, but it's not too loud

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Amazon review summary for MSI Wind U230


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of MSI Wind U230 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) on

size, value for money


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MSI U230 Light-087 11.6-Inch Netbook (Black)MSI U230-086 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)MSI U230-033US 12.1-Inch Netbook - 4 Hour Battery Life

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Item never repaired completely


I don't think MSI is a bad company but this does leave a poor taste in my mouth. I guess this should be the last time I buy anything recertified.

Never really had a chance to play around with it

Wireless Adapter could not find any open networks. Pretty much it was DOA for myself and like the last guy said

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faster than acer one

cam points way off, and wifi went out after 1 day. wifi will not turn on at all. no power to it. Ill be calling newegg

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Very Good Netbook


If your looking for a netbook, this is the one. If your looking to do more than some light gaming and web surfing, look at a laptop because netbooks aren't powerful enough just yet even though this one can handle a good share.

I am writing my review from this netbook. It's definately worth the money, I would classify it as a netbook / notebook hybrid because it has the best of both worlds. The battery life is good, 4 hours is pretty much spot on so no need to carry your...

The Windows 7 pre-installed is 32bit, wish it was 64bit. If you want to upgrade to 4 gigs of RAM, you will need the 64bit version. Occasionally there is some small lag if I type too fast but it is neglible. The backspace key is a little loud when...

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MSI Wind U230 Wonderful Experience


Upon purchasing this computer, the first thing I did was replace its operating system with Ubuntu and let me tell you: absolutely everything works perfectly on this machine! I couldn't be happier with my purchase and several of my friends are...

Product Specifications

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Widescreen Display: Yes




Color:Black gray


Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n (draft)/802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Processor Number:L335/MV-40
Type:Athlon Neo/Athlon Neo X2


Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/320GB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 3200