The MSI Wind12 U230 is one of MSI’s newest thin and light laptops with an 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. While MSI’s previous thin and lights have sported Intel Atom or Intel Consumer Ultra Low Voltage chips, the Wind12 U230 packs an AMD Athlon Neo X2 dual core CPU and ATI HD 3200 graphics.
TestFreaks has published one of the first reviews I’ve seen of the Wind12 U230. As expected, the dual core CPU helps with multitasking and everyday computing tasks, while the HD 3200 graphics are good enough for handling HD video playback and some basic gaming.
The computer come with Windows 7 Home Premium, and the reviewer notes that it took 91 seconds to go from a cold boot to a usable desktop, which seems pretty sluggish by today’s standards.
The MSI Wind12 U230 lasted about 4 hours when used for web browsing, which is actually better than I would have expected from a computer with a dual core AMD Neo processor. While you can easily find a netbook that will provide more than twice the run time for less money, you won’t get the same kind of CPU and graphics performance out of most netbooks.
For more details, test scores, and comparisons with several Atom powered netbooks (including an HP Mini 311 with NVIDIA ION graphics), make sure to check out the complete review.