You better watch it, Acer -- it looks like MSI is getting real close to undercutting your $299 Aspire One 532h netbook with its $309.99 Pine Trail-powered Wind U135. Taiwanese manufacturer disputes aside, not much has changed with the Wind U135 since we brought you our impressions, but we remind you that $305 buys you a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450, 1GB of RAM, an 160GB hard drive and Windows 7 Starter. If you need a bit more storage, you can shell out an extra 20 bucks for the 250GB version. And the cheap netbook race continues... Check the full PR after the break.
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MSI US Announces Availability of Wind U135 Special Edition Netbook Commemorating the Millions of Wind Units Sold Worldwide
Posted on: 26 January 2010
The U135 is the first Wind model to feature Intel's Pine Trail Platform
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – January 26, 2010 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is proud to announce the availability of the MSI Wind U135 netbook. These special edition netbooks commemorate the millions of Wind models sold globally and are the first to feature the powerful, yet efficient Intel Pine Trail Platform with the Atom™ N450 processor . Available in Silver, Charcoal, Ruby and Sapphire, the newest addition to the Wind family also features a 160GB or 250 GB hard drive, 1 GB of DDR2 memory and Windows 7 Starter and start at $309.99.
The U135's new CPU and single chipset architecture combine to consume just 7 watts, increasing battery life by 15% and overall performance by as much as 10%. Consumers can choose between a 3-cell or 6-cell battery, with the later delivering a battery life of up to 7.5 hours.
The U135's battery life also benefits from MSI's exclusive MSI ECO Engine Technology and an efficient LED display. The ECO Engine technology allows users to choose from 5 power modes–Gaming, Movie, Presentation, Document and Turbo Battery–to customize the power supply based on usage requirements.
The U135 also features several design upgrades including a new raised chiclet keyboard and a color film printed case. The elevated keys are 20% larger, firm to the touch and improve typing accuracy and user comfort. The U135's stylish color film printed case prevents smudging, giving the netbook a glossy finish. MSI also packed a 1.3M webcam, D-Sub port, 3 USB 2.0 ports and 4×1 card reader into the portable lightweight U135.
The new Wind U135 is available now at retailers such as Fry's Electronics and Comp USA, and online at Amazon and Newegg for $309.99 – $329.99. MSI offers a 1-year limited warranty with the U135 and extended customer services hours at 1-888-447-6564.
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