The Bottom Line
- Good Keyboard
- Well Priced
- RAM Is Not Upgradeable
- Limited Run Time With the Six Cell Battery
- Intel Atom N270 Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10-inch WSVGA (1024x600) Wide LED Backlit LCD with 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.2" x 7.1" x 1.3" @ 2.8 lbs.
- Windows XP Home
Guide Review - MSI Wind U120 10-inch Netbook Subnotebook Laptop PC
Mar 3 2009 - The MSI Wind U120 will probably make a mark on the netbook market as being a much more affordable 10-inch netbook from the company. It has a significant price drop over the original Wind U100, but this price drop comes at the cost of some features.
The design has shifted away from the rounded corners of the original Wind U100 to have more squared edges. This with the multi-color combination gives the system a much sleeker look than the original. It still retains the original keyboard layout which is well designed and easy to use even if it doesn't match the size of the Samsung or HP keyboards. The trackpad size has been increased with a new two button design over the single one. Even with the new trackpad design, the Wind U120 is still one of the more difficult to use because of the stiffness of the buttons.
Performance wise, the Wind U120 is nearly identical to that of the original Wind U120. After all, it has the same processor, memory and operating system. The battery has changed between the two units and does give it a bit more running time, but at under five hours on a full charge, it falls in the lower range of running time for netbooks with six-cell batteries.
The big problem comes from the new lower cost design of the U120. Unlike the Wind U100 with its lower panel access to the memory modules, the Wind U120 does not have any panels. This means that upgrading of the memory or even the hard drive isn't really possible. Even if the entire bottom panel is removed, the memory can't be upgraded beyond the 1GB.
The net result is that the MSI Wind U120 is just an average netbook. It is a good option for those wanting the MSI Wind series of netbooks without having to pay the price of the U100. Just remember that upgrading is not an option.