Who knew netbooks would prove so resilient? By all means, the growing popularity and falling prices of tablet PCs along with the rollout of Intel's Ultrabook bandwagon could have spelled doom for the netbook form factor. But along comes Cedar Trail and suddenly there's renewed interest in these pint-sized notebooks, at least for one more generation anyway. MSI, one of the driving forces in the netbook category, just unveiled its new Wind U180 for 2012.
"The Wind U180, meticulously crafted by MSI for 2012, marks a new zenith in computer technology, offering both performance and esthetically pleasing looks," MSI says. "It comes in minimalist black, angel white or lavender, is less than one-inch thin, tips the scales at just 1kg, and is sheathed in MSI's own attractive IMR color film print to prevent scratches and smudges."
Great looks are one thing, but Intel's Cedar Trail platform is the real star of the show. The Wind U180 comes equipped with either an Intel Atom N2800 (1.86GHz) or N2600 (1.6GHz) processor nestled into Intel's NM10 chipset with GMA 3650 graphics, up to 2GB of DDR3-800/1066MHz memory, 250GB/320GB 2.5-inch SATA hard drive, 2-in-1 memory card reader, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 0.3MP webcam, HD audio, 3-cell or 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Starter.