Remember when thin and light laptops were underpowered machines incapable of all but the most basic of tasks? Neither do we, not since the deluge of ultraportables with Core i5/i7 guts and other modern amenities, like USB 3.0. Both of these technologies have been shoved into MSI's X460 and X460DX, the newest additions to the company's X-Slim Series of notebook computers.
Arrandale is proving to be quite the popular platform of late, with the newest entry coming from MSI. We're talking about the X-Slim X360, which the company claims offers up to 9 hours of battery life.
Underneath the 13-inch hood sits an Intel Core i5-520UM processor, Intel HM55 chipset, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to a 500GB hard drive, 2-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1.3MP webcam, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, and either a 4-cell or 8-cell battery.
In an attempt to combine style with portability, MSI touts its exclusive rhombic pattern and Color Film Print, along with an ultraportable chassis measuring less than 1-inch thick and weighing just over 3 pounds.
If you haven't gotten it by now, thin is definitely in, at least in the world of PCs. One company who's already been around the ultrathin block a time or two is MSI, who has just added its new X-Slim X600 Pro to its lineup of super skinny notebooks.
Including the 6-cell battery, the X-600 Pro weighs a scant 4.63 pounds and boasts a thickness of just 2.5cm, or a little under an inch. Adding to the sex appeal is a luminous scratch-resistant coating with silver accents.
On the hardware front, the X600 Pro packs the "latest" Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 640GB of storage space, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330, 1.3MP webcam, optional Blu-ray drive, optional Bluetooth, 2-in-1 media card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports (one of which serves double-duty as an eSATA port), HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
It wasn’t long ago that MSI announced their X-Slim notebooks, but we’ve finally got some solid information as to what will be under the hood, along with some additional information on the latest generation of Wind netbooks.
The new generation of MSI Wind U123 netbooks will sport a 10.2-inch screen, a 1.66GHz Atom N280 CPU, 1GB DDR2 RAM, a 160GB HDD, a built-in TV tuner and the choice between a 6 and 9-cell battery.
As for the X-Slims, the X340 (which will start at about $1,000) will be one of the first machines to feature Intel’s new CULV platform (which is reported to only use one-sixth the power of a regular mobile CPU), and will come with a 13.4-inch 1366x768 screen, Intel GMA4500MHD graphics, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 320GB HDD and 802.11b/g/n.
As for the X320, it’ll come with a notably less powerful 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, the same size screen, Intel GMA500 graphics, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD and along with the 802.11b/g/n wireless, will have an optional 3G/WiMAX module.
No specifics yet on pricing for any of these machines, but given MSI’s past there’s a good chance that it’ll be reasonable.
Just recently, MSI debuted their X-Slim netbook line over in China, and it’s because of that, we don’t know a whole heck of a lot about these puppies. But, what we do know is that they feature extremely thin form factors, don’t weigh much, come with 13.4 and 15.6 inch screens, and best of all, are low cost.
We’ve also recently found out that these will be packing some horsepower, putting a ULV Penryn chip under the hood, with GMA4500 graphics to boot. Pricing for the 13-inch version looks like it’ll be anywhere from $700 to $1000, but still no word on how much the 15-inch version will cost.