MSI Wind U115
SpecificationsNotebook: MSI Wind U115 (Wind Series)
Processor: Intel Atom Z530
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
Display: 10.2 inch, 16:10, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 499 euro
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI Wind U115
The Long-Distance Runner. The Wind U115 Luxury is a netbook alternative from MSI, which attracts attention especially due to its built-in components and a promised long-life battery. An Intel Atom Z530 CPU, an Intel Poulsbo chip set with a GMA500 graphic chip set and a built-in SSD memory unit in addition to the hard disk is supposed to bridle the energy requirement especially effectively in mobile mode. If this works is shown in the following test...
The MSI Wind U115 has so many things going for it. The netbook has by far the best battery times seen in a netbook so far, a solid and comfortable keyboard, a great matte display, as well as a fully featured spec-sheet. The U115 wraps all of this up in a chassis no bigger or heavier than other 10-inch netbooks running with 6-cell batteries. In fact, we have to commend the MSI engineers for packing in so much tech and keeping it all running very cool and quiet.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/27/2009
Rating: features: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% emissions: 90%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500: Integrated (onboard) graphics chip on the UL11L, US15L, and US15W chipsets with a licensed PowerVR SGX core. DirectX 10.1 support but because of low clock rates (100-200 MHz UL11L - US15) and only 4 shaders not suited for 3D games. The integrated video decoder accelerates the playback of HD videos (MPEG2, VC-1, AVC).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
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).
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.
This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
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.
87%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.