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MSI Wind U100-641US 10-Inch Black Netbook - 3 Cell Battery

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  • Intel Atom Processor 1.6GHz
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 10-Inch Screen, GMA
  • Windows XP Home, 3 hours Battery Life
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Product Description

Color: Black

When you're seeking more power and ease-of-use than a cellphone, with less bulk than a notebook, the answer is blowing in the wind. Actually, it's the Microstar Wind. It's a netbook that incorporates the convenient styling and capabilities of a Windows notebook PC with full 802.11g WiFi wireless. It's the perfect electronic accessory to bring along anywhere. At less than 3 pounds, this notebook is perfect for any lifestyle - indoors or out. The Wind, an acronym for "Wi-Fi Network Device," features a speedy and energy-efficient Intel Atom 1.6GHz Processor to provide longer operation hours and better mobile lifestyle. This notebook, or Netbook is lightweight and ultra-portable, measuring about 7 inches wide by 10.23 inches long, and weighing just 2.6 pounds. Being small doesn't mean ultra-small keyboard, the Wind features an ergonomically designed keyboard that is only 20 percentage smaller than a full sized notebook keyboard, with keys spaced a comfortable 0.68 inches apart. The Wind comes equipped with a 10" backlit LED screen that provides superior color quality and brightness giving you better comfort while reading reports, watching online videos and viewing photos. In addition, the 1024 x 600 screen resolution can fully display web pages, which makes it ideal for Internet browsing. With the 802.11b/g/n wireless built-in, you can enjoy the convenience of accessing the Internet anywhere and video chat with family and friends with the built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and microphone. With the Wind notebook weighting less than 3 pounds, makes it a great second computer to use at school, work and to take on vacations. The Microstar Wind does what a netbook is supposed to do, provide easy access to the internet, via WiFi in a small, lightweight and inexpensive package. Its 10-inch LED screen offers bright color and contrast. Take a trip with the Wind and enjoy life to the max. 10 WSVGA (1024 x 600) LED Backlit Display

Product Information

Color: Black
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Screen Size10 inches
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Max Screen Resolution1024 x 600 pixels
Processor1.6 GHz Intel Atom
Memory Speed 533 MHz
Hard Drive160 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorIntel GMA950
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionGraphics Media Accelerator950
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 3 hours
Brand NameMSI
Item model numberU100-641US
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows XP Home Edition
Item Weight3 pounds
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceATA100
Optical Drive TypeNo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power SourceAC
Voltage240 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #26,239 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.3 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableNovember 15, 2005
Warranty & Support
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Battery life is not too long, so you need the power adapter most of the time.
Emily A. English
MSI has overclocking capabilities built into the BIOS of the U100, which overclocks the machine up to 24% of its maximum speed.
Ross J. Waldron
You can take it anywhere as it's the size of a small book and is very lightweight for a laptop.
D. Hall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

204 of 207 people found the following review helpful By D. Hall on February 18, 2009
Color Name: Black
I've only had this a week but I've already started using it a lot and have been pleasantly surprised seeing just how far I can push this little rascal!

You can take it anywhere as it's the size of a small book and is very lightweight for a laptop. Traditional notebook laptops are designed to be desktop replacements, so they can end up too big, too heavy, and generally just too *much* for checking your email or editing a Word document in the few minutes you have whilst waiting for the train.

The U100 however, appears to more suitable for moving around frequently and using whenever you get a few moments to spare. It's a great size, any larger than 10" and it would no longer classify as a "netbook" class of laptop, any smaller and the screen would be less practical for serious use. Also, 10" screens have the correct aspect ratio for webpage viewing, you don't get wasted blank space at the sides as I've heard can happen with smaller screens.

It's incredibly portable, surprisingly powerful when overclocked and RAM doubled, good value, nice to type on (80% size keys), and even looks good. It's much more responsive running XP than I had expected, it actually behaves like a desktop PC! Microsoft has clearly removed a lot of their bloatware from XP to give these smaller systems the best chance of running quickly.

It performed well straight out of the box, but I spent a good couple of evenings setting it up *properly.* ie. removing the usual bundled bloatware (came with 3GB of Encarta pre-installed. *shudder*), 30 second trial versions of things you wouldn't use anyway etc.... and now this baby is positively flying along!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By H.F. on February 4, 2009
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UPDATE WITH COMPARISON 12/09: This video is a comparison with the Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165 10.1 inch screen. Both the Acer and MSI are extremely similar. I've had the MSI wind for a year or so and I love it, I just bought the Acer as a gift for my boyfriend.

A couple things I did forget to mention. The Acer did have more "bloatware" (McAfee Internet Security Suite trial version; Google Desktop; Carbonite Online Backup; Acer GridVista) on it then the MSI wind, so I did remove a couple programs. This is really personal preference. Some people like to have as much as possible to get new software and try new programs. I like a bare bones netbook so I can add things according to my needs without really taking up much hard drive space. Both have 160GB hard drive. The Acer is a tad bit thinner when closed, but the MSI is listed at 2.3 lbs, while the Acer is 2.4 lb.

They have the very same video processor, though I said in my video I thought the Acer had a bit better video quality. This really could just have been the videos I watched (and the quality of them), not necessarily the video capabilities of the netbooks. Both are in fact available in white. The MSI wind wins for me based on the slightly larger keyboard and the matte screen.

At this price, you really can't go wrong. They call them 'netbooks' but, really, they are just a small size laptop, because it had all the same features and more(hard drive, RAM, processor) as my 2 year old HP. Its different in that it weights about 1/2 of that laptop, which I think is just fantastic. Someone has already commented to me that you really don't notice the smaller size 10" screen once you start using this netbook, so its definitely the best on the bunch.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By SAN MARINO on February 12, 2009
Color Name: Black
Best price on this product this week is here on Amazon. Product is very decent however the 3-Cell battery is not the way to go. On a full charge the battery displays 99% charged with 1 hour and 46 minutes remaining. Not only is this a short battery duration, I clocked the 1hr.46 minutes remaining on a separate clock and actually only got 56 minutes out of the full charge. This is definitely the reason why MSI is making the same netbook model with improved 6 cell battery units. Go for the extra [...] bucks for the 6 cell battery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By joey on March 26, 2009
Color Name: White
For the most post the MSI Wind U100-451US works great with Leopard 10.5.6. Installation is easy if you're going the retail route. But keep in mind a few things..

This version comes with the Bison .03 webcam that will not work with Photobooth (there is no current way to make this work as of this review date)

The internal mic does not work with OS X

The headphone out does not work natively and you will have to use an switcher app and manual tell it either to use the built in speaker or headphone out.

The native WiFi card works with the WiFi card chip makers application. It works but it keeps the application on your dock. If you want to use OS X built in AirPort utilities you will need to purchase a different WiFi card (Dell 1510). If you install this you may void warrantee.

The native display on the Wind is not a native display for OS X so some programs won't fit right.

Other than that the Wind is great. Sure the 3 cell battery life is terrible at 1hr 45mins. But hey you do get a really small MacBook. My daughter is the primary user of this and really likes it.

So if you're considering running Leopard 10.5.6 on this just keep in mind the above so you're not scratching your head about why somethings work and why some don't.
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