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MSI Wind U135 Review Discussion

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by Jerry Jackson, Feb 1, 2010.

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  1. Jerry Jackson

    Jerry Jackson Administrator

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    The Wind U135 is the one of the newest netbooks from MSI in the 10-inch form-factor. Packed with the Intel Pine Trail platform this netbook promises increased battery life and performance compared to models still using the previous Intel Atom chipset. Our longest lasting notebook to date is the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, clocking in at over 12 hours with average use. In this review we put the MSI Wind U135 through its paces and see how well it stacks up against the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE which offers a nearly identical hardware configuration.

    <br /><br />Read the full content of this Article: <a href='http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5514'>MSI Wind U135 Review</a><br /><br />Related Articles:
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  2. Ahbeyvuhgehduh

    Ahbeyvuhgehduh Lost in contemplation....

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    Weird ... I wonder why the battery life is so short? Maybe the fan constantly running has a little to do with that?

    Anyhoo ... nice review. :) It is a good looking little machine.
     
  3. Angelic

    Angelic Kickin' back :3

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    MSI seems to keep on disappointing me. This has mediocre build quality, what I consider to be bad battery life, the screen seems cheap, and overall just kinda bleh.
     
  4. meansizzler

    meansizzler Notebook Consultant

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    Again still no proper info on video playback, i.e codecs, if hardware acceleration is used or support by the gma chip, you really need to get more technical on video playback
     
  5. W.I.C

    W.I.C Notebook Enthusiast

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    One thing to keep in mind when judging battery life, is that Asus limits the LCD's maximum backlight output on all eeePC netbooks to extremely low levels (by today's standards) to 120-130 nits. This limitation alone would reduce the maximum power consumption by 2 watts, which translates into several hours of increased battery life.

    That being said, a 70% brightness level on an eeePC netbook would be far less brigther than a 70% brightness level on other netbooks. The MSI wind U100 that I owned had a maximum brightness level was around 220 nits, nearly 2x the maximum brightness level of an eeePC.

    The above brightness limitations, coupled with their "Super Hybrid Engine" which undervolts, and underlocks the CPU to levels lower than the Intel Speedstep defined p-states that other netbooks implement, allows Asus to constantly tout having created netbooks with lower power consumption, and longer battery life than competing netbooks with similar capacity batteries.
     
  6. Jayayess1190

    Jayayess1190 Waiting on Intel Skylake

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    Pinetrail can do up to 720p, after that you need a Broadcom HD Decoder for 1080p. The X3150 is a generation behind the GMA 4500, so no hardware acceleration for anything other than MPEG-2. HD playback online with most videos will choke.
     
  7. Ahbeyvuhgehduh

    Ahbeyvuhgehduh Lost in contemplation....

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    Hmm ... good to know. :)

    In any event screen brightness is not much of an issue for me personally, so I am more than willing to sacrifice it for longer battery life.
     
  8. Jayayess1190

    Jayayess1190 Waiting on Intel Skylake

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    Wow, had no idea about that. My EEE 901's screen was pretty dim when I first compared it to my 3810t.
     
  9. Linuxperiment

    Linuxperiment Notebook Consultant

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    I don't mind the lower battery life if I can actually see what's on my screen. :)

    The battery life issue might be related to the fan running, but at least that means the netbook should last long (due to running cool).
     
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