Taking a page out of the Asus playbook, MSI seems determine to flood the market with netbook models this year. The MSI Wind U100 was a pretty big success for the company last year, and the new MSI Wind U120 basically takes the same components and puts them in a shiny new case with a 3G modem option.
Now Laptop Magazine reports that MSI will also be putting out a Wind U123 netbook soon. Superficially, it will be a lot like the U120, but it will have a slightly faster processor, and upgradeable RAM. The MSI Wind U123 will use the new Intel Atom N280 CPU, which runs at 1.66GHz. And users will be able to upgrade the RAM to 2GB, although it’s likely MSI will only sell the netbook with up to 1GB preinstalled.
The MSI Wind U123 is due out in April. The company expects to release the Wind U115 with an intel Atom Z530 CPU and combo hard drive/SSD storage system in late March.
If you’re wondering what’s up with all the different model numbers, keep in mind the fact that MSI, like Asus, doesn’t have a system in place to let buyers customize their orders at checkout like HP and Dell do. That means you can’t just have a single unit with multiple storage and CPU options. So every incremental change winds up getting its own model number.