MSI finally ships its MSI Wind U230 Athlon-powered netbooks

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Old 15-Jan-2011
MSI finally ships its MSI Wind U230 Athlon-powered netbooks

Four months ago, MSI announced two interesting new Wind netbooks… then mysteriously went silent, leaving liliputing netbook enthusiasts baffled as to whether they would actually see the light of day. Now they have, and they still look great: MSI has finally shipped its AMD-powered Wind 12 U230 in two slightly different configurations.
Christened the Wind 12 U230-033 and the Wind 12 U230-040, both netbooks boast 12.1 inch WXGA displays capable of resolutions of up to 1,366 x 768 at a 16:9 aspect ratio, ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics, 2GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a 1.3 megapixel camera, three USB 2.0 slots, VGA / HDMI out, an Ethernet port, audio in/out, a multicard reader and a six cell battery. Both netbooks run Windows 7 Home Premium and weigh 3.3 pounds.
So what’s the difference? The processors and hard drives, my friends. The U230-033 runs an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU and comes with a 250GB hard drive, while the U230-040 is driven by an Athlon X2 L335 CPU and a 320GB hard drive.
The big dilemma here is whether or not you’re willing to run the risk of an Athlon CPU in a netbook: they’re pretty excellent CPUs, granted, but not as power-efficient as Intel’s Atom chipset. If you’re willing to take the plunge, though, you can buy the U230-033 and U230-040 right now at New Egg for only $429.99 and $479.99, respectively.
Press Release
MSI North America Announces Availability of Two Powerful, Yet Portable New 12.1″ Wind12 U230 Models
Both U230 Models Feature the new AMD Processors, 12.1″ HD LCD, 2GB of Memory, and Windows 7 Home Premium
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 9, 2010 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is proud to announce the availability of the new Wind12 U230-033 and U230-040. The new models will replace the successful Wind12 U210, a favorite among netbook users looking for a larger screen and more computing power. Upgrades to this new generation of netbooks include the first Wind to feature a dual core processor and Bluetooth connectivity.
Weighing in at just 3.3 pounds both versions of the U230 ship with 2GB of DDR2 memory, with a 6-cell battery and Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The newest editions to the Wind family are loaded with a 12.1″ HD (1366×768) 16:9 aspect ratio LCD and an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card. The combination delivers a bright widescreen visual experience with exceptional color saturation and crisp imagery.
The Wind12 U230 also features MSI’s EDS (Ergonomic De-stress) keyboard with keys that are 51% larger than those on a standard keyboard. The larger keys greatly improve finger contact range, which reduces stress on fingers and wrists to improve accuracy and comfort. Additionally, MSI included a 1.3M webcam, HDMI port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, and a 4×1 card reader in the new U230 notebooks.
The new Wind12 U230 models are available now at Newegg.com starting at $429.99. MSI offers a 1-year limited warranty with extended customer services hours at 1-888-447-6564.

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