Are MSI's 12.1-inch netbooks a hair too large for you? Wonder of wonders, there's a smaller version that's practically exactly the same inside. Though the new MSI Wind12 U230 Light confusingly weighs just the same as its predecessor (3.3 pounds) and is still 1.22 inches thick, it's got a smaller 11.6-inch matte LCD screen that makes it two inches shorter in either direction on a horizontal plane. You're still getting the same 1,366 x 768 display, 1.6GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, 2GB of RAM, Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 250GB hard drive and sub-par four hours of battery life, but MSI did think to trim the fat in one last direction, and knocked $30 off the price. That makes the now-shipping U230 Light a somewhat reasonable deal at $400 from Amazon. PR after the break.
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Hot on the Heels of its Successful Wind12 U230 Netbook, MSI Introduces U230 Light with Sleek 11.6" Screen

Compelling Combination of Power and Portability in Svelte Design Available Only in Retail Stores for $399


CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced the availability of its 3.3 pound Wind12 U230 Light notebook, with a smaller 11.6-inch high def screen than its 12.1-inch award-winning predecessor, the U230. This new model features AMD's 2nd Generation Ultrathin Platform and Microsoft's latest operating system, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, all driven by the most progressive mobile operating software available.

"It's a special combination of solid processing performance, HD display and a full sized keyboard for the feel of a notebook, yet it's packaged in an ultra slim design with remarkable battery life and stylish good looks, which has proven to be very popular with consumers."

Product highlights include:

HD support and sleek design: Within its portable and elegant form factor, the MSI Wind12 U230 Light notebook has a cinematic 16:9 LED backlit display, a footprint smaller than a sheet of A4 paper and a total weight of 3.3 pounds including battery. It delivers the high performance and expansive field of vision associated with notebooks, with the slimness and portability of a netbook.

Solid processing performance: With the new processor from AMD, performance is more than double compared to traditional lightweight notebooks.

60% less power consumption than standard notebooks: As a result of MSI's innovative craftsmanship, the U230 Light is optimized for energy efficiency and delivers on-the-go computing with low power consumption and energy saving features that use approximately 60 percent less power and deliver twice the battery life* of standard notebooks.

*Actual battery performance depends on operating conditions and user preferences.

"The Wind12 U230 Light is another extension of our very successful ultra slim U Series notebook line," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales and marketing for MSI North America.

"It's a special combination of solid processing performance, HD display and a full sized keyboard for the feel of a notebook, yet it's packaged in an ultra slim design with remarkable battery life and stylish good looks, which has proven to be very popular with consumers."

The U230 Light (MSRP $399.99) is currently available on Amazon.com and online and in stores at Office Depot. For more information and full specifications, please visit the U230 Light product page.