Excerpt: Intel has owned the netbook market since the whole segment kicked off back in 2007. Intel was the first out of the gate with a cheap processor that was specifically aimed at the low cost netbook machines. The Intel Atom line proved to be a very popular processor and sold in droves as consumers flocked to the Atom line and netbooks in general in the face of the poor economy.
Summary: The MSI Wind 12 U230 netbook has a lot to like, but its battery life - 3hrs, 48 mins in our tests - is a dealbreaker. The average battery life for netbooks is about 7hrs. It's unfortunate, considering the Wind12 U230's strong general performance and portable design. But being mobile means not being tethered to a power outlet; and in the configuration we tested, the Wind12 U230 lacked staying power.
Excerpt: Since netbooks have increased in popularity over the past year, the standard screen size of ten inches has been a hindering factor for many PC users. MSI has recently released their next generation of Wind netbooks which they have deemed the Wind 12 series that all feature a twelve-inch screen.
Conclusion: Under the hood, along with a faintly audible cooling fan, is an AMD Athlon X2 L335 processor -- a 1.6GHz dual-core chip with dual 256K Level 2 caches -- joined by 2GB of DDR2 memory; an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics controller that borrows 128MB of system RAM; and a 320GB Seagate hard disk. (As with other netbooks and ultraportables, there is no optical drive.) That adds up to performance that, while not desktop-class dazzling, is noticeably perkier than most netbooks'.
Conclusion: If this is where netbooks are headed then this is a good thing. The Wind12 is priced not much higher than some other Atom based netbooks out there but it’s much more powerful making it more useful overall. The Wind12 US230 is a great choice if you’re looking for a new netbook, it offers the portability of a netbook but the power of a notebook in the same form factor. The Wind12 is nicely made and it seems durable.
Pros: Lightweight and well made, Dual core AMD CPU let’s you do more things at once, Nice large keyboard, Rather large touch pad, Small and protable like a netbook but powereful like a notebook
Cons: Short battery life, Something wrong with built-in camera, pointing too low, Trial software, Norton and a lot of stuff installed, Glossy screen
MSI Wind 12 U230: AMD Congo takes the fight to Intel CULV
27 November 2009
Conclusion: AMD's Congo platform is what Yukon should have been. Offering dual-core CPU performance that's better matched against Intel's ultra-low-voltage Core 2 Duo parts, the platform makes for an interesting argument when priced between Intel's Atom-powered netbooks and CULV-powered notebooks. GPU performance is good thanks to the introduction of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200-series graphics. Though, good is a relative term, as 3D gaming remains suited to just basic, casual use.
Conclusion: Субноутбук MSI U230 готов выполнять для своего «хозяина» все поставленные задачи с максимальной быстротой, на которую способен. Пользователи оценят производительную работу компьютера без каких-либо сбоев. Как только Вам необходимо будет уезжать в командировку, не забудьте взять с собой ультралёгкий MSI Wind 12 U230.