At a time when most notebook makers have abandoned low profit margin netbooks in favor of pricier Ultrabooks, MSI appears willing to ride at least one more rodeo with the previously uber popular form factor, and the company's inviting you to come "ride with the wind." Specifically, MSI hopes you'll saddle up on either the Wind U180 built around Intel's latest generation Cedar Trail platform, or the Wind U270 with AMD's new Brazos 2.0 processor inside.
If you choose the U180, your riding partner will be Intel's dual-core Atom N2800 processor, a 32nm CPU nestled into Intel's NM10 chipset. Also coming along for the ride are familiar netbook specs, like a 10.1-inch display, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB or 320GB hard drive, 0.3MP webcam, 2-in-1 media card reader, HDMI output, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, GbE and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and Windows 7 Starter. The U180 is available in black, white, or lavender.
For those of you who prefer to roll with AMD, the U270 sports a new generation dual-core Brazos 2.0 accelerated processing unit (APU) with DirectX 11 support and up to eight hours of battery life. It's a slightly larger laptop with an 11.6-inch or 12.1-inch display, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, 250/320/500GB HDD options, stereo speakers, HD webcam, USB 3.0 support, and Windows 7 Home Premium.