The MSI Wind U123 may not be available in most of the world yet. But it’s shipping in Japan and Portable Monkey has posted a review of the first commercially available version of MSI’s latest netbook.

The good news? The battery is good for up to 6.5 hours, and you can upgrade the RAM to 2GB. The bad news? Upgrading the RAM or performing any other hardware upgrades will void your warranty.

The netbook reportedly has a decent build quality with a few odd design choices. For instance, when you insert an SD card into the flash card reader it sticks out a bit. Still, the Wind U123 is a nice looking machine that’s about the same size as the Acer Aspire One D150 and significantly smaller than the Asus Eee PC 1000HE.

For all the details, make sure to check out the complete review at Portable Monkey.

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2 replies on “MSI Wind U123 reviewed, determined to be a mixed bag”

  1. I wonder what the point is when they make netbooks (or any computer) difficult to upgrade. All it does is give the user a worse opinion of the hardware. Is there pressure coming from somewhere else?

    1. Of course there’s pressure…from the manufacturers themselves. They don’t *want* you to upgrade…they want you to pay more for the next step up in the lineup. Smart business…no fun, though.

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