25.02.2009 20:08

MSI unveils X-Slim series to compete against Mac Air

Category: new notebook models
By: Pallab Jyotee Hazarika

MSI targets the ultra-slim notebook market with its new 6mm thick X-Slim series.

MSI X series

MSI X series

MSI has always been cutting-edge in terms of technology, whether it’s the powerful gaming machines, or the hugely popular MSI Wind U100. Now a new range of slim notebooks come from the same house, which could well give Apple a run for its money.

MSI has exhibited one of its ultra-thin X series notebook X320 back during CES in Las Vegas last month. It attracted quite a lot of glances over its 1.98cm in the thickest part and only 6mm in parts ultra-thin body, and many have termed it a formidable competitor to Macbook Air. Now MSI brings out two more models viz. the X340 and the X600, which will be exhibited in the upcoming CeBIT 2009 next month. Right now these two models are available only in China.


The X320 is probably the first ultra-slim notebook in the world to be equipped with the latest 16:9 LED display. Equipped with Intel's latest Menlow mobile processing platform and a 13.4" LCD in the golden 16:9 ratio and 1366 x 768 pixel resolutions, the entire system weighs only about 1.3kg. The X320 also comes with MSI's proprietary ECO Engine energy-saving technology and specially designed hardware circuitry which MSI promises will minimize power consumption. No optical drive, which is understandable considering the size, but there are three USB ports, ethernet, audio in/out, a memory card slot and VGA output.

Techfragments says that “in addition to its superb specifications and outstanding performance, the X320's design and appearance is also in a class of its own: the classical exterior and the clear cut styling can be matched to the understated opulence of champagne gold, the noble elegance of pearl white or even high-tech stylish black.”


The X340 isn’t much different from the X320 explained above. Just that it is powered by an ultra low voltage (ULV) Intel Penryn processor and GMA4500 graphics with HDMI output. The exact ULV Penryn model has yet to be announced.


This is a relatively bigger machine with a 15.6-inch display panel, and uses the Intel Centrino 2 platform. It also boasts of 16:9 display and weighs just a little over 4 pounds. Other features include 3 USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port as well as both VGA and HDMI outputs and wired Ethernet. Nothing is currently clear about WiFi or Bluetooth technologies for either model (X340 and X600) at this time though they better be included.

The X340 and X600 will be on display in CeBIT, and the detail specifications are also expected to be revealed then.

The X320 will retail at $831, whereas the X340 will be sold anywhere in the range of $699-$999. The price of the X600 is still unconfirmed.

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