MSI Wind U230-040


MSI Wind U230-040Notebook: MSI Wind U230-040
Processor: AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335
Graphics Adapter: ATI Radeon HD 3200
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 400 euro
Average Score: 86% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: 84%, performance: 88%, features: 88%, display: - % mobility: 80%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI Wind U230-040

MSI Wind U230
Source: AnandTech English
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%
86% MSI Wind U230-040US 12.1-inch Netbook
Source: Tweaktown English
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%
MSI Wind U230-040 Review - MSI's Atom Smasher
Source: PC Perspective English
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.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

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.

12.1": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Most netbooks have a tinier display. The advantage is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display 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, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.5 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 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

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.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Asus Eee PC 1201T
Athlon Neo MV-40
» MSI Wind12 U230
Athlon Neo MV-40

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» HP Pavilion tx2500z
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86, 2.1 kg
» HP Touchsmart tx2z-1020us
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-82, 2.1 kg
» HP Touchsmart TX2-1099eg
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86, 3.9 kg
» HP Touchsmart TX2-1020ea
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-84, 3.9 kg
» HP Touchsmart TX2-1015ea
Turion X2 RM-74, 2 kg
» HP TouchSmart tx2z
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86, 2 kg
» HP TouchSmart tx2
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86, 2 kg
» HP Pavilion TX2520
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, 2.1 kg
» MSI Megabook PR211
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, 2.1 kg
» HP Pavilion tx2500z
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, 2 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Acer eMachines G627-202G25Mi
Athlon 64 TF-20, 17.3", 3.3 kg
» Asus X5DC-SX025V
Celeron 220, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Acer Ferrari One 200-1799
Athlon 64 X2 TK-42, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Acer Ferrari One 200-312G25n
Athlon X2 L310, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Toshiba A505D-S6968
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-84, 16.0", 2.9 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T115D
Athlon Neo MV-40, 11.6", 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1320
Athlon Neo MV-40, 13.3", 1.7 kg
» Acer Ferrari 200-314G25i
Athlon X2 L310, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire 5532-5535
Athlon 64 TF-20, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1020ea
Athlon Neo X2 L335, 13.3", 2 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge NUE6WGE
Turion Neo X2 L625, 13.3", 1.8 kg
» MSI X430
Athlon Neo MV-40, 14.0", 1.6 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1130us
Athlon Neo X2 L335, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» Lenovo Thinkpad X100e - 2876-27G
Athlon Neo MV-40, 11.6", 1.47 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1324
Turion Neo X2 L625, 13.3", 1.7 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X100e
Athlon Neo MV-40, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote LJ61-RB-010
Turion X2 RM-72, 17.3", 3.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-06-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)