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MSI Wind U230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and portability. The performance and keyboard are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the software, while the touchpad and battery get critical views.

screen, keyboard, performance, portability, price

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.com review summary for MSI Wind U230

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of MSI Wind U230 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) on Amazon.com.

portability, usability, screen, value for money, energy

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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 U230-040US 12.1-Inch Netbook - 4 Hour Battery Life

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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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MSI Wind12 U230 Netbook w/ AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 CPU Review

 

'Since netbooks have increased in popularity over the past year,\xa0the standard screen size of ten inches has been a hindering factor for many PC users. MSI has recently released their next generation of Wind netbooks which they have deemed the Wind...

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Netbook Review: MSI Wind12 U230

 

Under the hood, along with a faintly audible cooling fan, is an AMD Athlon X2 L335 processor -- a 1.6GHz dual-core chip with dual 256K Level 2 caches -- joined by 2GB of DDR2 memory; an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics controller that borrows 128MB of...

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MSI Wind12 U230 review

 

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

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MSI Wind12 U230

 

The U230 offers more processing grunt than a comparable netbook, but fails in the crucial power stakes.

Comfortable keyboard ; 12.1-inch display ; A good price for a non-netbook ultraportable ; Performs better than any netbook

Battery life needs to be better in an ultraportable setting ; Function keys to the right of the enter key are a nuisance

An AU$699 ultraportable a couple of years back would have seemed like a pipe dream. Then came a raft of netbooks, making the AU$699 system a reality, albeit with severe processing limitations. The U230 steps neatly over those limitations, but its...

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MSI Wind12 U230

 

The U230 offers more processing grunt than a comparable netbook, but fails in the crucial power stakes.

Comfortable keyboard ; 12.1-inch display ; A good price for a non-netbook ultraportable ; Performs better than any netbook

Battery life needs to be better in an ultraportable setting ; Function keys to the right of the enter key are a nuisance

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MSI Wind 12 U230 review

 

The MSI Wind 12 U230 netbook has a lot to like, but its battery life - 3hrs, 48 mins in our tests - is a dealbreaker. The average battery life for netbooks is about 7hrs. It's unfortunate, considering the Wind12 U230's strong general performance and...

Product Specifications

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Compatibility:PC

Miscellaneous

Color:Black gray

Networking

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

Processor

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

RAM

Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

System

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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 3200
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