MSI Wind Pad review

It’s a new tablet pad powered by Windows 7..

Basic Netbooks are a fairly simple formula to pull off. Combine an Intel Atom 450 processor, 1GB of RAM, Windows 7 Starter, and a 250GB hard drive, and you’ve got any of an army of products from Asus, Acer, HP, and others. MSI was another early combatant in the Netbook wars, and its Wind models have typically followed the usual trends in components and pricing, making them perfectly acceptable alternatives.

The current version of the MSI Wind, called the U160, happens to stand out from the crowd in a couple of ways. It boasts some of the longest battery life we’ve seen, at 7-plus hours, and it ran some of our benchmark tests just a few seconds faster than other Netbooks. It’s not enough of a performance difference to notice in real-world use, but if you’re looking for the maximum possible battery life, the Wind is certainly up there.

Our MSI Wind U160 had a glossy dark brown finish that the company calls “Fancy Gold.” It’s at least a nice break from the usual glossy or matte black finishes we see (although a black version of the Wind is also available). The interior is a lighter, almost faded gold color, and there’s an MSI logo cut into the back of the lid and backlit in white.

The keyboard is a standard flat island-style design, and works for most of our usual typing needs. There’s a bit too much flex under the fingers around the middle, and there’s a shrunken right Shift key–our biggest problem with Netbook keyboards–but we’ve also seem more egregious offenders. The touch pad is underwhelming, composed of tiny raised dots in the wrist rest (similar to most Asus Eee PC touch pads). We don’t find that style to be particularly comfortable to use, although your mileage may vary.

One odd note, instead of the touch pad having a scroll bar section along the right side of the pad for vertical scrolling, it instead has scroll points in the top and bottom right corners of the pad. Just hold your finger on the corner and the page automatically scrolls up or down.

The 10.1-inch wide-screen display has a 1,024×600-pixel native resolution, which is standard for nonpremium Netbooks. The look and feel is beginning to seem a bit cramped, especially with more and more HD Netbooks available all the time, some for only $20 more than this system.

MSI offers its brand new MSI Wind U 160 netbook in India. The netbook is lightweight (1kg) and highly portable (265x165x24-25.4). MSI has culminated Intel’s Pine Trail Platform with the highly integrated N450 Atom Processor. It is the mini-notebook from MSI comes with an energy saving 10 inch LED display of 1024 x 600 resolutions with a reaction time of 8 milliseconds. It also supports a unique scratch resistant color-film-print-technology and Microsoft Windows 7 Starter. The netbook is priced at Rs. 23,999 in India.
The MSI Wind U 160 netbook features an ECO technology and offers its users to opt from any of the 5 power supply modes namely; Gaming, Document, Turbo Battery, Movie and Presentation.  It has a Bluetooth.

Oh, hello Wind Pad! MSI just took the wraps off its 10-inch, Windows 7 tablet during the company’s Computex press conference, and we’re gathering details as we speak. MSI CEO Joseph Hsu introduced the tablet and explained that with it will be powered by an Intel processor and run Windows 7, though they have created an MSI Wind Touch UI. According to the spec sheet we were given, it will weigh 800 grams and packs both 3G and WiFi. It also has USB ports, an HDMI port and a webcam.


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