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MSI Wind U115

Specifications

MSI Wind U115Notebook: MSI Wind U115 (Wind Series)
Processor: Intel Atom Z530
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 10.0 inch, 10:6, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1kg
Price: 400 euro
Average Score: 78.93% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 64%, performance: 59%, features: 68%, display: 90% mobility: 90%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 85%

Reviews for the MSI Wind U115

80% MSI Wind U115 review
Source: PC Advisor English
It has a very long battery life, 802.11n wireless networking (Ralink 1t2r), Intel GMA 500 graphics, and two storage devices: a solid-state drive and a conventional spinning hard drive. As far as netbooks go, the MSI Wind U115 is a very interesting proposition but it's not without its problems. For travellers — or anyone who wants to work for long periods of time away from a power outlet — the MSI Wind U115 is perfect. Its battery life is the longest we've seen in an Intel Atom-based netbook, lasting well over five hours. We also like the inclusion of an SSD drive, but we wish it had a larger storage capacity.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
MSI Wind U115 Hybrid netbook tested
Source: Fudzilla English
MSI Wind U115 Hybrid is a netbook that you’ll instantly like, most of all for its battery life lasting anywhere from 5 to 11 hours, depending on the workload. MSI Wind U115 seems perfect for work on long journeys or a day on the beach. Despite its small form factor that might discourage anyone from typing, U115’s keyboard is large enough to provide comfortable work even after a few hours of typing. The hybrid combination of SSD and HDD storage devices has its pros, most evident in long battery life, but such a thing always reflects on the price. Unfortunately, SSD pricing is still pretty high, so the U115 comes with only an 8GB SSD.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: mobility: 90%
80% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid review
Source: Techradar English
  MSI Wind U115 Hybrid brings both speed and size to netbook storage. MSI's Wind netbooks have been well received and extensively rebranded by many manufacturers, including Medion and Advent. MSI now brings unique storage and outstanding mobility with its own-brand Wind U115 Hybrid. With its unique storage and exceptional mobility, the Wind U115 Hybrid is one of the best netbooks around. Its high-price is off-putting though, so carefully consider your needs and budget.
80
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid review
Source: CNet English
  The MSI Wind U115 Hybrid has a good screen, relatively spacious keyboard and amazing battery life, thanks to its SSD and HDD combination. But, given its tired-looking design and rather average performance in areas other than battery life, we're not sure it's worth the £150 premium over most other netbooks.
70
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
57% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid
Source: Computer Shopper English
Taking a cue from automakers, MSI has created the industry's first hybrid netbook. Like a Honda Prius, the MSI Wind U115 Hybrid aims to run longer by pairing a power-saving technology with a traditional one—in this case, a solid-state drive (SSD) and a standard hard drive. It's an interesting idea, but the results are mixed. While the battery life ranges from excellent to out-of-this-world, overall performance is just average. What's more, we encountered a few technical glitches that made for a frustrating experience. Though its stellar battery life will appeal to road warriors, the pricey, bulky MSI Wind U115 Hybrid suffers from a few debilitating flaws that are hard to overlook.

57
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 57%
80% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
All of which was not as good as MSI claims, but it’s still a worthy operational duration for a computer of this nature. We like the concept behind the Eco mode with its dual hard drives, only it wasn’t as easy to invoke. The only way of enabling this feature was from a Function Key, where as soon as the computer was rebooted all the settings were lost. Seeing as Windows does like a reboot every now and then, this could be bothersome in the long run. A better idea would be to use or run all this from a profile, which is sadly missing here and very much needed we feel.

80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% MSI Wind U115-025UK- 10in Hybrid Netbook Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Innovation can be a double-edged sword. While we've been frank in our criticism of netbooks for their lack of just that, it's as much a reflection of the sector and its demands as the strategy of any manufacturer - when you're trying to make low-cost devices there isn't a great deal of wiggle room! MSI should be praised for the idea of a hybrid netbook and the battery life results demonstrate that this part of the U115 is a success. However, despite a decent feature set, £450 is far too much to ask for an otherwise uninspiring netbook.
60, Preis 40, Leistung 90, Ausstattung 90
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 90% features: 90%
80% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid
Source: Reg Hardware English
There's no denying that the U115 offers extraordinarily long battery life and its performance scores are up there with some of the best SCCs we've seen. The combination of both SSD and HDD in one unit is a clever trick, so you can use each storage medium for what it does best. The big problem with the U115, though, is its price. Even if it was just £50 cheaper, it'd be much more compelling. It doesn't have the looks to pull off a premium price tag and although it's a good performer, it's verging into traditional laptop territory.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

74% Netbook MSI Wind U115 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 70% performance: 77% features: 63% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 69%
100% Hybridantrieb
Source: PC Magazin - 9/09 German
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 100%
88% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid Luxury
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 37% display: 88% mobility: 96% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 82% emissions: 90%
Ohne Netzteil durch den Tag
Source: c't - 14/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: performance: 30% display: 80% mobility: 90% emissions: 80%
76% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 60% features: 80% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 60%
96% Zwergen-Parade
Source: SFT - 6/09 German
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 96%
74% MSI Wind U115-Z53168XP (Netbook)
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 80% performance: 41% features: 76% display: 100% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 64%
90% MSI Wind U115 Hybrid Luxury
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 50% features: 30% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90%
Recensione MSI Wind U115 Hybrid
Source: Notebook Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/16/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
79% MSI Wind U115
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 62% mobility: 91% ergonomy: 90%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).


Z530:

Power saving version of the Atom N270 with additional Virtualization Support and more power saving techniques. The performance is equal to the N270 and therefore only suited for basic tasks.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


10.0": The netbook/subnotebook has a quite small display format. Nonetheless, it is a common format for netbooks. The advantage is, that the subnotebook/netbook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes. It is difficult to use high resolutions. » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI reviews


78.93%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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MSI Wind U115 on Ciao

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-04-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)