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MSI U230 Light-087 11.6-Inch Netbook (Black)

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  • AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6GHz 1600MHz 512KB Processor, ATI Radeon HD3200, 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive
  • Window 7 HP 64bit, 6 Cell Battery, 11.6 Inch 1366x768 LCD Panel, 1.3MP Webcam
  • 3 x USB, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, 4 IN 1 (SD/MMC/MS/XD), HDMI-out
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AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, 1.3 MP Webcam, 3 USB, HDMI out, Headphone out, Microphone-in, VGA, RJ45

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Screen Size11 inches
ProcessorAMD Athlon
RAM2 GB
Hard Drive250 GB
Graphics CoprocessorATI Radeon HD 3200
Brand NameMSI
Item model numberU230 Light-087US
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Item Weight3.3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H11.71 x 7.49 x 1.22 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandAMD
  
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ASINB003OQULVA
Best Sellers Rank #51,308 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, 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.
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Date First AvailableMay 31, 2010
  
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2010
Searching for the second, slower home laptop, I didn't really want a netbook because I had a problem with small screens and small keyboards, so I was considering tablets for a while. Having had an iPad in the past, I'd rather wait for the second generation. The Android or Palm OS tablets are not yet serious contenders, thus I finally focused more on laptops and netbooks due to their versatility. After browsing several stores and reviews, I found an opportunity I couldn't pass: the 11.6'" MSI U230-870 Light netbook on sale for $300 at my favorite local electronics superstore. This thing is packed with good deals - quality 250 GB HDD, a HDMI port, 11.6" anti-reflective LED backlit screen, one 2 GB RAM chip (add another chip to upgrade to 4 GB), 3 USB ports, etc.

We have been running this netbook mostly connected to power and it has been performing great. However, we gradually discovered that the online videos of higher resolution were terribly choppy whenever this netbook was not on AC power. One of Windows 7 gadgets, "All Cpu Meter" by Addgadget.com showed that the CPU was constantly running at 800 MHz on battery, which is one half of its rated speed of 1.6 GHz. No matter what I tried and which power plan or lack thereof I chose, I wasn't able to increase the CPU clock without plugging the laptop into the power grid. It seems that the manufacturer has halved this system's CPU clock when not connected to the power supply to get seemingly better battery life. I was able to find a workaround by going into BIOS (pres Del key during bootup) and disabling "PowerNow", but after that the clock remains at 1.6 GHz all the time, so I expect the battery life to suffer a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed on September 23, 2010
The MSI U230 Light is a netbook and therefore not designed to compete with a desktop...but this one does surprisingly well. I got one to take on the road and I am pleasantly surprised. Got $59 off, and it comes with Windows 7 Home premium, has a decent keyboard, AND an HDMI connector AND an n series wireless modem. I have added a 2GB SD card and a cheap wireless mouse and it makes for a decent portable box...much better than the Blackberry! I get over three hours of battery life with a six cell pack and it doesn't weigh me down!
For the price and the features and the weight, I give it four stars. I would give it five but it is a little slow for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Johnson on November 16, 2010
First, this is a NETbook, not a notebook. With that caveat, it's a great buy.
Three things attracted me: the 11.6" display is a little larger than most netbooks, it came stock with 2Gb of RAM instead of 1, and the supplied OS is Win7 Home Premium (64-bit!) instead of Win7 Starter. It's faster than I expected in a netbook, and seems to manage MS Word and Outlook 2007 just fine, though the latter can be a little sluggish.
The keyboard is nice, but I wish the labels were a brighter color: grey is a little hard to see in low light. The Synaptics track pad works great. The screen is bright and clear and I like the matte finish, but it doesn't tilt back quite far enough when it's on my lap.
YouTube videos can be a little choppy (it varies from clip to clip), but Netflix streaming is great. A reviewer above noted that the MSI performs video better when plugged in than on battery. This seems to be true, though I haven't tried his (her?) BIOS fix.
Battery life seems average. I haven't tried any benchmark tests, but it doesn't seem outstanding.
Overall, a great netbook with a slightly larger screen, more RAM, and a better operating system. The limited screen tilt (minor) and the battery keep it from 5 stars. I'm curious why it came with a 64-bit OS instead of 32.
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By jeff s on August 5, 2013
i only use this netbook for light note-taking (text editor) when at conferences and meetings, and light browser usage. it does not last through an entire day (8 hours) of meetings -- even when most of that time it is turned off or display closed (i turn display down to darkest, close lid whenever not typing (turns off display), and even put into suspend if i'm going to be not using it for a while). STILL doesn't last the whole 8 hour day of meetings, with all that. the battery really is the weak point. and it was like this from day one (when i bought it new from Office Depot).

i wish someone made a laptop with a reflective screen, like my old RIM/Blackberry 7290, which wouldn't suck down batteries, and i could just take notes on, and would last all day without having to worry about it. a simple note-taking netbook that actually lasted. anyone?
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