MSI has begun showing off its first netbook with an Intel Atom N450 processor. Earlier today the company unveiled the MSI Wind U135, and this afternoon Laptop Magazine and Engadget both published the first hands-on looks at the netbook.

The short version? It looks great and functions pretty much exactly like the Asus Eee PC 1005PE with the same processor. It also looks an awful lot like the latest model from Asus, thanks to a similar keyboard and touchpad design. But Laptop Magazine reports that it gets just about half the battery life.

Of course, 5.5 hours of battery life isn’t bad for any notebook. But with the Asus Eee PC 1005PE raising the bar with 10+ hours of run time, netbook shoppers are likely going to start expecting more.

On the bright side, the MSI Wind U135 will be about $50 cheaper than the Asus netbook, at just $329.

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3 replies on “MSI Wind U135 starts making the rounds”

  1. No idea why MSI cannot compete in battery life with Asus. MSI also started this netbook revolution but now, it seems to be left behind. In my country, nobody even talks abt the MSI netbook whilst previously, it was the hottest selling netbook.

    I think the 1005PE ha sset the standards for battery life and until someone beats it, it will remain KING

  2. When the dust settles from the slew of Pine Trail netbooks, I’m going to buy one. This may be the best candidate if the “unofficial” wifi card driver still works for hackintosh. Here’s hoping.
    thé assam

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