The MSI Wind U160 is the new top of the line model from netbook maker MSI. But that doesn’t mean it’s horribly expensive. Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the netbook. It’s available for order in black or brown. Both models cost $380.

Amazon describes the 6 cell battery as a “15 hour” battery, which I suspect is a bit of an exaggeration. But I was able to get 10+ hours of run time out of the Asus Eee PC 1005PE, a netbook with the same basic specs as the Wind U160, which was described as having a 14 hour battery. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the MSI Wind U160 can run for at least as long.

The rest of the specs are pretty much standard netbook fare, including a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU with GMA 3150 graphics, a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 1.3MP webcam. The laptop runs Windows 7 Starter Edition and weighs about 2.4 pounds.

via Netbooked

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5 replies on “MSI Wind U160 up for pre-order at Amazon”

  1. To bad you will still need to buy a decent operating system or better yet in my mine dual boot with Ubuntu.

  2. I don’t consider myself a huge fan of netbooks. Still, I think netbooks are better than tablets in many ways. For one thing, netbooks have physical keyboards which tablets don’t have. Netbooks are also capable of running full desktop applications. Tablets are good only for surfing the web.

  3. With Nvidia ION 2 netbooks shipping in the next 30 – 45 days I’d be surprised if people keep buying these >$350 netbook when you can get much more advanced graphics for an extra $50 dollars.

    1. totally agree with you. Once ARM tablets come about as well as Smartbooks, who would want to buy a 1.4KG monster when you can get a 700g in weight machine?

      Bear in mind, most people use their netbooks merely and only to surf the net. The don’t care what OS they have at all. They just want a good browser.

      Most netbook or prospective netbook buyers have a primary machine at home to do their graphic intensive applications and the netbook is merely to surf the net. With OpenOffice, they can run all their Microsoft Office applications. And OpenOffice runs on most OS platforms

      Netbooks maybe on its way to a major decline in sales.

      Like you said, who would want to pay $350 for a netbook in a couple of months time

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