MSI Wind U120


MSI Wind U120Notebook: MSI Wind U120 (Wind Series)
Processor: Intel Atom N270
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.2 inch, 16:9, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 500 euro
Average Score: 72.25% - average
Average of 8 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 74%, performance: 70%, features: 56%, display: 85% mobility: 60%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 70%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the MSI Wind U120

MSI Wind U120H
Source: Netbookboards English
From a strictly technical perspective, the MSI Wind NB U120H is a welcome update to a successful formula. Nothing has really suffered in this version, and anyone who purchases the netbook will be happy with it. The real problem here is money. Sure, they added 3.5G, but they also added to the price tag. The netbook will stay alive for a good 3 hours, which is decent for standard use, but you end up paying for a 6-cell battery that should really be giving you two or three more hours of work time. Considering that the Wind U100 only costs $350 at Best Buy right now, I doubt it will be worth it to consumers to spend $250 more just for mobile connectivity.

Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: price: 40% mobility: 40%
60% MSI Wind U120 10-inch Netbook Subnotebook Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
The MSI Wind U120 isn't so much as an upgraded 10-inch netbook from the company but more of a redesign. The case has more squared corners and mixed color scheme that give it a sleek design. Many of the features remain the same though including the very well designed keyboard that is comfortable to use. The main purpose of the redesign was to reduce costs and the Wind U120 is very affordable, but that price also comes with RAM that can't be upgraded and a battery life that is on the lower end of six cell netbook models.
60, Preis 90, Mobilität 40
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 90% mobility: 40%
70% MSI Wind U120
Source: Laptop Mag English
An update to the original MSI Wind, the U120 boasts a snazzier chassis and an aggressive price—but the competition has caught up. MSI skyrocketed to the top of the mini-notebook field last June when netbooks with 10-inch displays were rare and when no other netbook, regardless of size, could tout more than five hours of battery life. The MSI Wind U120 is a solid netbook with a comfortable keyboard and a more stylish design than its predecessor. It’s also more aggressively priced. At $379, the U120 costs $70 less than the U100. However, the older U100 lasts 45 minutes longer on a charge, and both the Samsung NC10 ($449) and the HP Mini 2140 ($529) last more than 2 hours longer, although both systems are more expensive. If you care more about price than endurance, then the U120 is worth considering.
70, Preis 80, Leistung 80, Mobilität 50
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 50%
76% MSI Wind with HSDPA: the netbook for 2009?
Source: Hexus English
Built firmly on the foundations laid down by the original Wind, MSI's new netbook baby, the Wind U120H, is more of the same, but with a slight twist. Everything that was good about the erstwhile MSI netbook standard-bearer is here too, including super-bright screen, decent keyboard and above-average build quality. MSI adds to this by including an HSDPA card, internally, that when paired with an appropriate SIM, provides go-anywhere connectivity. The Wind U120H represents a minor update from the incumbent. It's better in some ways (HSDPA) but not as good in some (lack of RAM expandability), but choice is always a good thing for the consumer.
76%, Display gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 76% display: 80% mobility: 80%

Foreign Reviews

76% MSI Wind U110 Eco Luxury im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 70% performance: 68% features: 52% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 70%
83% Vergleichstest
Source: Computerbild - 6/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 90% performance: 74% features: 81% display: 90% ergonomy: 81% emissions: 97%
53% MSI Wind U120-1616UXP
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 53% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 35% mobility: 28% ergonomy: 58%
Klein, bunt, mobil
Source: c't - 3/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: performance: 40% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 80%
90% MSI Wind U120
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/30/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
70% Review MSI Wind U120
Source: Portablegear Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» 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).


Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors.

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

10.2": 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.

1.3 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 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

72.25%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Olive Zipbook X107H
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» Advent Milano
Atom N270, 1.2 kg
» Viewsonic VNB100
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» Advent 4214
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1000HG
Atom N270, 1.5 kg
» HP Compaq Mini 702EA
Atom N270, 1.02 kg
» Medion Mini E1212
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Point of View Mobii
Atom N270, 1.25 kg
» HP Compaq Mini 703EA
Atom N270, 1 kg
» Archos 10
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1000HE
Atom N280, 1.45 kg
» HP Mini 1001TU
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» HP Compaq Mini 701eg
Atom N270, 1.14 kg
» Belinea 1xs
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Atom N270, 1.25 kg
» HP Mini 1035NR
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» Asus N10E
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» LG X110
Atom N270, 1.2 kg
» Samsung NC10
Atom N270, 1.32 kg
» HP Mini 1000
Atom N270, 1 kg
» Asus Eee PC S101
Atom N270, 1.09 kg
» Asus N10
Atom N270, 1.8 kg
» Lenovo Ideapad S10
Atom N270, 2.2 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1000
Atom Z530, 1.5 kg
» Medion Mini E1210
Atom Z530, 1 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1000H
Atom N270, 1.45 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Asus Eee PC 1000
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Advent Quantum Q100
Celeron M 900, 14.0", 2 kg
» Acer Aspire One D260, GMA 950
Atom N450, 10.1", 1.3 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-01-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)