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.
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.