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MSI Wind U160

Specifications

MSI Wind U160Notebook: MSI Wind U160 (Wind U160 Series)
Processor: Intel Atom N450
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Display: 10.0 inch, 10:6, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.23kg
Price: 350 euro
Average Score: 76.72% - good
Average of 25 scores (from 29 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 62%, features: 69%, display: 65% mobility: 82%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 87%

Reviews for the MSI Wind U160

84% Review MSI Wind U160 Netbook | Notebookcheck
Small. Light. Wind. The manufacturer MSI beefs up once again and expands its Wind range by the U160 with a 10 inch WSVGA display, Intel Atom N450, one GB DDR 2 RAM and 160 GB hard disk. An Intel GMA 3150 chip, already integrated into the Atom N450 CPU, is used for the graphic solution.
80% MSI Wind U160 review
Source: T3 English
Outstanding battery performance and an excellent keyboard, make the Wind U160 one of the better netbooks around.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI Wind U160 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
If there is one particular failing that the MSI Wind U160 has as a netbook, it is that it only comes with 1GB RAM, meaning you'll be wanting to upgrade almost as soon as you get it home (about £30). Otherwise there is little on offer to differentiate the MSI Wind U160 from other netbook rivals. But at the same time the Wind U160 doesn't do anything wrong. There are cheaper netbooks that offer almost identical performance if budget is a concern, but in a category where everything is much of a muchness, the long battery life and interesting design might appeal.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% MSI Wind U160 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Visually, the new design of MSI's Wind netbook is a welcome update, but ergonomically and practically it's not without downsides. Considering there was already little on offer to differentiate the U160 from the competition and it's quite expensive to boot, we feel there are better alternatives.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 60% mobility: 80%
60% MSI Wind U160 netbook review
Source: Hexus English
As a netbook, MSI's Wind U160 has almost all of the right ingredients. The system's small, thin, ultra-light, very easy on the eye and comfortable in use. Performance is exactly what you'd expect from an Atom-powered netbook; it's perfectly adequate for basic tasks such as word processing and light web browsing, and battery life - albeit short of MSI's own claims - is excellent.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% MSI Wind U160 Review
Source: Bright Hub English
The MSI Wind U160 is one of the best netbook options available. It has the Intel Atom N450 processor, GMA 3150 integrated graphics and 1 GB DDR2 RAM. It also has a nice battery life and comes with the standard array of expansion ports and connectivity options. MSI Wind U160 is an option to consider if you want a netbook with a good hardware configuration and nice battery life. It is one of the best options available.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% MSI Wind U160 review
Source: CNet English
The MSI Wind U160 is bog-standard netbook fare on the inside, but it scores some extra points for its natty design. More importantly, this netbook is easy to use, although we have a few gripes with the display. At £330, it's also quite reasonably priced. Before you splash out, however, check out the similarly specified and priced Dell Mini 1012, which sports a higher-resolution screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 75%
MSI Wind U160: Gold is In
Source: Inside HW English
The single-core N450 has hyperthreading, therefore posing as being a dual-core model, which should provide an advantage in multi-core applications with the additional logical core. The integrated graphics is sufficient to display image only, while gaming and HD playback are way out of its league. If you’re planning to connect and external monitor, pay attention to the fact that the VGA is limited to a resolution of 1400x1050. Although it contains the least demanding Windows version, Windows 7 Starter, 1 GB DDR2 which this small guy contains will often be too little for comfortable use. A 250 GB HDD showcased outstanding performance, while the battery failed to live up to “15H+” sticker on the packaging. The 6-cell battery barely hit five hours in standard operating mode, while doubling that result under minimum load. Another problem might be the fact that the battery requires four hours to charge with the netbook off, which is more than many can afford.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/08/2010
Rating: performance: 60% mobility: 40%
75% MSI Wind U160
Source: Reg Hardware English
With a very similar spec to a lot of netbooks floating out of the great netbook yards of Eastern China, this machine is a bit faster, for a bit longer, than many. With the exception of its bulky battery tube, it’s a well-designed traveller with a good software bundle.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 75%
80% MSI Wind U160 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The MSI Wind U160 is the best 10-inch MSI Wind netbook till date. It has good looks, decent features, nice keyboard and touchpad, and very good battery life. We recommend the Wind U160 over the Asus Eee PC 1008P because of its lower price point and its extra RAM and hard drive space - unless you don't mind spending extra on the Eee PC 1008P's unique faux-reptilian skin exterior. The MSI Wind U160 is the best looking Wind netbook till date. It offers good performance and a nice feature set, and comes with extra RAM and hard drive space compared to most other netbooks. It also offers over 7 hours of battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/10/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
81% MSI Wind U160 Netbook
Source: PC World India English
The MSI Wind U160 is the best looking Wind netbook till date. It offers good performance and a nice feature set, and comes with extra RAM and hard drive space compared to most other netbooks. It also offers over 7 hours of battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 81%
80% MSI Wind U160 Netbook
Source: Tech2.in.com English
Rs 23,999 is the quoted price, and at the outset we can say that it’s a bit expensive, especially considering the fact that there are cheaper options available. But there are few very well demarcated turfs of advantage here: one being a very strong battery life. Our Battery eater Pro Classic rating was about 6 hours, which is a great reading. On normal usage like browsing , 'MS officing' etc we received a battery life of 9 hours 45 minutes, a healthy rating for sure.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI Wind U160 review
Source: Techradar English
Originally started as a motherboard and graphics card manufacturer in 1986, MSI has since branched out into the laptop and netbook market. The Wind U160 is an excellent machine which ticks all the right boxes and excels when it comes to portability.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% MSI Wind U160 netbook review
Source: Channel Web English
Netbooks traditionally fall into the realm of cheap looking and cheap feeling, and are effectively a low-price equivalent of a laptop, but the MSI Wind U160 looks a lot sleeker and more professional than the older MSI netbooks. There is a premium for this new look, as the U160 is priced at £330, which is a good £50 more than MSI's similar U135 model that only lacks the swish design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% MSI Wind U160 netbook review
Source: Computing English
Netbooks traditionally fall into the realm of cheap looking and cheap feeling, and are effectively a low-price equivalent of a laptop, but the MSI Wind U160 looks a lot sleeker and more professional than the older MSI netbooks. There is a premium for this new look, as the U160 is priced at £330, which is a good £50 more than MSI's similar U135 model that only lacks the swish design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% MSI Wind U160 netbook review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Netbooks traditionally fall into the realm of cheap looking and cheap feeling, and are effectively a low-price equivalent of a laptop, but the MSI Wind U160 looks a lot sleeker and more professional than the older MSI netbooks. There is a premium for this new look, as the U160 is priced at £330, which is a good £50 more than MSI's similar U135 model that only lacks the swish design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% MSI Wind U160 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The MSI Wind U160 is a step in the right direction with a larger battery than its U135 sibling, but it's priced above the competition and falls short on battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 80% ergonomy: 70%
84% MSI Wind U160
Source: Computer Shopper English
The MSI Wind U160 is more than just an affordable tech-fashion accessory. With Pine Trail performance and a stunning design, it also has a few surprises inside its shell. Priced at $429.99 (or about $380 street), this netbook comes equipped with a six-cell battery and a roomy 250GB hard drive. This gorgeous netbook features a slim build and long battery life, though its price tops the list of Pine Trail netbooks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 84%
70% MSI Wind U160
Source: Laptop Mag English
The MSI Wind U160 ($379) isn’t perfect—its battery juts out of the back and its keys are smallish—but on the whole it’s a strong choice in the 10-inch category. This machine offers especially long battery life, good performance, and one of the lightest designs you’ll find. However, we prefer the $299 ASUS Eee PC 1001P, which offers a more comfortable keyboard, comparable battery life, identical specs, and a sleek—but heavier—design for less money.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/19/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

90% Notebooks für jeden Zweck
Source: SFT - 3/11 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Schicker Langläufer
Source: Mobile News - 4/10 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
81% Brot und Spiele
Source: Connect - 9/10 German
Single Review, , Short, Date: 08/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 85% features: 63% mobility: 98% ergonomy: 78%
Darf's ein bisschen weniger sein?
Source: c't - 14/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 35% display: 40% mobility: 90% emissions: 90%
Round-Up: Vier Netbooks mit dem gewissen Extra
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/15/2010
Rating: mobility: 80%
80% Wind U160 Netbook im Test: MSIs neues Goldstück
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
93% Test MSI Wind U160 Netbook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 93% performance: 45% display: 69% mobility: 94% workmanship: 84% ergonomy: 81% emissions: 85%
MSI Wind U160
Source: Hispazone Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/17/2010
Rating: mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80%
85% MSI Wind U160
Source: PC Self Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 80% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%
90% MSI Wind U160
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/22/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
MSI Wind U160 - s novým Atomem
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/08/2010
Rating: workmanship: 80%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150: Integrated (shared memory) graphics card in the intel Atom N4xx CPUs. Minimally faster than an old GMA 950 and therefore not suited for 3D games or HD videos (only MPEG2 acceleration).

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).


N450:

Intel Atom CPU for Netbooks with integrated memory controller and GMA 3150 GPU. The performance of the system should be only minimally faster than the previous Atom N280 / GMA 950 combination.

» 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.


1.23 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


76.72%: 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 U160-007US
Atom N450, 1.1 kg
» MSI Wind U135-4515W7S
Atom N450, 1.3 kg
» MSI Wind U160-4516W7S
Atom N450, 1.1 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Samsung ATIV Tab 3-XE300TZC-K01FR
Atom Z2760, 10.1", 0.3 kg
» HP Envy x2 11-g000ew
Atom Z2760, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1215P-SIV066M
Atom N570, 12.1", 1.5 kg
» Toshiba NB520-10P
Atom N570, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» MSI Wind U135DX-4615W7
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» HP Compaq Mini CQ10-688NR
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.4 kg
» Toshiba NB520-10U
Atom N570, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Asus Eee PC X101H-WHI024G
Atom N455, 10.1", 1 kg
» Samsung NC110-AM4UK
Atom N550, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Gigabyte T1005M-CF1
Atom N550, 10.1", 1.5 kg
» Samsung NS310
Atom N550, 10.1", 1 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S100
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Asus Eee PC R011PX
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.1 kg
» Samsung NC10-JP05DE
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Samsung N148-DP05IN
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Samsung NC110-A03
Atom N570, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Gateway LT2085u
Atom N570, 10.1", 1 kg
» Asus Eee PC X101-WHI018G
Atom N435, 10.1", 0.9 kg
» HP Mini 210-3022sf
Atom N570, 10.1", 1.35 kg
» Acer Chromebook AC700-1099
Atom N570, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Gigabyte S1080
Atom N570, 10.1", 0.85 kg
» Acer Aspire One Happy 2
Atom N570, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Samsung NC210-A01PL
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire One D257-N57DQrr
Atom N570, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» HP Mini 110-3652sf
Atom N455, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Samsung NS310-A01UK
Atom N550, 10.1", 1.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-04- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)