Summary: Full marks to MSI for trying to do something different with the MSI Wind U115 Hybrid, but, despite the excellent battery life, we're not convinced there's quite enough on offer to justify the high price tag
Pros: Great battery life; good screen; impressive keyboard.
In our battery tests the MSI Wind U115 lasted longer than any other netbook we've reviewed
Good Gear Guide.au
17 April 2010
Summary: For travellers — or anyone who wants to work for long periods of time away from a power outlet — the MSI Wind U115 is perfect. Its battery life is the longest we've seen in an Intel Atom-based netbook, lasting well over five hours. We also like the inclusion of an SSD drive, but we wish it had a larger storage capacity.
Pros: Excellent battery life, SSD and conventional hard drive, 802.11n wireless networking
Cons: Poor balance, some keys are too small, touchpad buttons are not well defined
Excerpt: MSI's Wind U115 Hybird is so-called because it has an 8GB solid-state disk (SSD) and a traditional 160GB hard disk. The idea is that Windows XP is loaded on to the faster, more reliable SSD, while the slower, cheaper hard disk can be used for storing files. During testing, Windows didn't boot any faster or feel any more responsive, though.
Summary: The Wind is still one of the better 10-inch laptops in the mix, although due to its substandard trackpad and high price, we'd suggest the HP Mini 2140 or Asus Eee PC 1000HE would be a better choice.
Pros: Excellent keyboard, More efficient Atom processor, Good screen size, Relatively quiet, Hybrid storage offers the best of both worlds, No useless trial software
Cons: USB Ethernet implementation can be confusing, Sentelic touch pad falls short of other offerings