MSI Wind U123


MSI Wind U123Notebook: MSI Wind U123 (Wind Series)
Processor: Intel Atom N280
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.0 inch, 10:6, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.35kg
Price: 300 euro
Average Score: 76.5% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 76%, features: 68%, display: - % mobility: 80%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI Wind U123

90% MSI Wind U123
Source: Maximum PC English
The Wind U123 brings a lot of muscle to the netbook arena: It’s slightly faster and has a much longer battery life than any we’ve previously tested, though the nine-cell battery adds bulk to the otherwise sleek netbook. And the bright screen is sure to win fans. But there are certainly netbooks out there that are lighter, easier to upgrade, and offer similar performance, even if they can’t quite match the battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% MSI Wind U123-003US Review
Source: Digital Trends English
MSI’s Wind U123 is a solid value. It’s not the fastest netbook we’ve tested or the lightest one we’ve hefted, but its specs are definitely respectable and it boasts a number of excellent features, including a bright and gorgeous display. The oversized battery adds a lot of bulk to the package, but you’ll forget about that the first time you’re able to work an entire day without having to plug into an AC outlet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% MSI Wind U123-019US 10.2-inch Netbook Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
The MSI Wind U123 is essentially a slightly modified version of their U120 netbook. It shares the same exterior appearance, keyboard and trackpad design. The biggest difference is a move to a slightly faster Atom N280 processor and a 802.11n compatible wireless. While some models of the U123 comes with a 9-cell battery, the U123-019US uses a 6-cell battery which results in a below average running time compared to similarly netbooks. Still, at just $350, it is a very affordable netbook considering some of its features.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% MSI Wind U123 review
Source: PC Advisor English
It's been a year since the MSI Wind U100, the "big" sibling to the MSI Wind U123, came out - and the similarities between the two netbooks are eerie. In the end, the MSI Wind U123 will receive compliments on its sleek looks from coffee-shop hipsters. After all, the U123's exterior is eye-catching - even sexy, considering the glossy deep-blue finish of our review model. Look a little closer, however, and this netbook rates as fairly average.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
71% MSI Wind U123-003US
Source: PC World English
In the end, the MSI Wind U123 will receive compliments on its sleek looks from coffee-shop hipsters. After all, the U123's exterior is eye-catching--even sexy, considering the glossy deep-blue finish of our review model. Look a little closer, however, and this netbook rates as fairly average. In fact, the identically priced Toshiba NB205-310 is equally attractive and offers an impressive number of unique features, and it lasted more than twice as long as the U123 did in our tests. You just won't be able to run OS X on the Toshiba--if that matters to you at all.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% performance: 71% features: 68%
60% MSI Wind U123 (003US)
Source: PC Mag English

The original MSI Wind burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion, nabbing the first-ever Editors' Choice in the netbook category. Of course, it helped that this fledgling field wasn't the mob scene it is today. The Wind U123 (003US) ($385 street) is a nice follow-up, and it's full of life—battery life, that is. Its 87Wh battery is the biggest battery yet found on a netbook, though it was added at the expense of making this model look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame (though the hump is on the bottom). Overall the U123 could use more of a lift, as its performance scores fell well short of the competition, and everything else is just middle of the road. The only differentiating feature in the MSI Wind U123 (003US) netbook is the humongous battery, which sticks out like a sore thumb.

Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
86% MSI Wind U123
Source: Computer Shopper English
At first glance, the MSI Wind U123 looks to be just a restyled update of the Wind U100, a 2008 model that was one of the first 10.2-inch netbooks. Most of the changes are appreciated but not spectacular: The MSI Wind U123 sports a restyled chassis, as well as the slightly faster Intel Atom N280 processor that was introduced on the Asus Eee PC 1000HE. Though most of the MSI Wind U123's specs follow the standard netbook formula, its incredible battery life makes it a standout.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 86%
80% MSI Wind U123
Source: Laptop Mag English
MSI’s latest netbook packs a slightly faster Atom processor and a nine-cell battery that outruns the competition. For just $379, the MSI Wind U123 offers good performance for a netbook and more than 8 hours of endurance. While the similarly configured ASUS Eee PC 1000HE ($399) and Samsung N110 ($469) have more comfortable touchpads and slightly better keyboards, the MSI Wind offers a complete package for a very competitive price.
80, Preis 80, Leistung 80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%

Foreign Reviews

88% Note- oder Netbook?
Source: PC Praxis - 10/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 70%
80% MSI Wind U123H teszt
Source: HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%


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. Compared to the N270, the N280 is only minimally higher clocked and offers a higher FSB.

» 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.

1.35 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

76.5%: 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.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» MSI Wind U100 Plus
Atom N280, 1 kg
» Viewsonic VNB101
Atom N280, 1.1 kg
» Hannspree Hannsnote
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» MSI Wind U110
Atom Z530, 1.1 kg
» Asus EeePC 1002HAE
Atom N280, 1.2 kg
» MSI Wind U120H
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» OCZ Neutrino 10
Atom N270, 1.3 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
» Netbook Navigator Nav 9 Slate PC
Atom N280, 8.9", 0.9 kg
» Asus Eee PC MK90
Atom N270, 8.9", 1.1 kg
» HP Mini 311-1160LA
Atom N270, 11.6", 1.6 kg
» Gigabyte Touch Note T1028G
Atom N280, 10.1", 1.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP119KJ
Atom Z530, 8.0", 0.65 kg
» Wipro E.go WNB7XFD182
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.4 kg
» Samsung N135-JA01NL
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Toshiba NB200-12R
Atom N280, 10.1", 1.4 kg
» Champion Champ Slim 13160
Atom N280, 13.3", 1.5 kg
» Asus UL50AT
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Simmtronics Simmbook
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1201NL
Atom N270, 12.1", 1.4 kg
» Toshiba NB200-131
Atom N280, 10.1", 1.18 kg
» Samsung NB30
Atom N450, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Elonex Sliver
Atom N270, 12.0", 1.6 kg
» Toshiba NB200-11M
Atom N280, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCW12S1R
Atom N280, 10.1", 1.1 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCY115FX/BI
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» Olive Zipbook X107H
Atom N270, 10.2", 1.1 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-05-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)