MSI Wind U230-040
Average of 1 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI Wind U230-040
It's an odd introduction because the MSI Wind U230 is a newer model with older hardware built in. MSI has opted to outfit the Wind U230 with a hot AMD processor near the end of its life, but a processor that nonetheless at least has some legs to it. What we want to look at is the value angle. Does the Wind U230's last generation technology at least offer a decent value for the price?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2010
Rating: price: 80%
The AMD-powered MSI Wind U230- 040US is a good alternative to an Intel-powered netbook for the shopper needing average performance with a larger screen and keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 88% performance: 80% features: 88% workmanship: 85%
Source: PC Perspective
After running the MSI Wind U230 through our tests, it is safe to say that it is one of the fastest performing netbooks we have tested here at PC Perspective. (In some tests it was nearly twice as fast as the Asus Eee 1201N). For a netbook, the MSI U230-040 definitely has some teeth to chew through some of your most intensive everyday tasks. Indeed, the Wind U230-040 was able to run Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4, and a host of other smaller apps simultaneously without any significant issues during my typical work day. MSI also puts their money where their mouth is by reinforcing the system with a long lasting 6-cell battery that runs 3 hours full-tilt before depleting. This means you have the ability to do some serious work (or play) while out and about. The AMD Radeon HD 3200 graphics and HDMI output makes it a good choice for professionals looking to connect to external projectors or displays, or for home users looking to watch a show or just getting a larger display to extend the desktop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2010
Rating: performance: 95% mobility: 80%
ATI Radeon HD 3200: Onboard (shared Memory) graphics chip (on RS780M chipset) based on the HD 2400 graphics core. It also features the UVD video engine to decode HD videos. Beware: Under Windows XP the HD 3200 may have no 2D accelleration because of a driver problem.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
L335: Entry level dual core processor for small and thin subnotebooks. Based on the old K10 / K8 mixture produced in 65nm and compareable with a 1.2-1.3 GHz Core 2 Duo (performance wise).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
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.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
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.
86%: 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.