The MSI X340 is one of MSI’s upcoming thin and light computers that aren’t really netbooks. But they apply some of the principles of netbooks to larger machines. They have low power, low priced processors which help keep the overall cost of the computer down. So while the X340 looks a lot like the MacBook Air, it will likely retail for less than half the price. It also won’t be nearly as powerful, but the X340 will have a user replacable battery, 3 USB ports, an Ethernet jack, VGA port, WiFi, and a 3G modem.
Johannes at NewGadgets.de managed to get his hands on a pre-production model of the MSI X340 and he shot a video overview which you can find after the break. Although the video is in German, you can click the menu button in the video to enable English captions.
How long has it taken for someone in the PC world to copy the Macbook form factor and design !!! At last a laptop that isn’t another boring shade of black and doesn’t look like a toy or is seen to be trying too hard by using overly bright colours.
This “looks” great and buyers who don’t know better will look at these in the store next to the Macbook Air and ask why they would pay double the price for a laptop that looks the same but runs an O/S that they are not familiar with (NO Mac OS vs Windows OS war comments please).
Now all we need is for a bunch of other PC manufacturers to do the same and flood the market with exact clones of the Macbook Air form factor and there will be no getting away from the fact that the Macbook air is not the best choice. Don’t get me wrong the Macbook’s are great and I love them but in this economic market ! C’mon those prices are just silly in a normal market never mind that people have signficantly less money now!
I’d love to see Apples sales figures over the last quarter compared to the same time last year.
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