The Intel Atom processor uses a brand new design structure that packs in 47 million transistors into a single chip sized at just 22mm (0.87 inches), and it uses just 2.5 watts of power--less than 1/10 of the 35 watts used by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor--for excellent battery management. This 1.6 GHz Atom processor also includes a power-optimized front side bus of 533 MHz for faster data transfer on demanding mobile applications and a 512 KB L2 cache (which temporarily stores data).
This version of the Wind U100 comes with a 160 GB hard disk drive (5400 RPM), which offers enough to room to hold a digital audio library of over 26,000 songs and still have room left over for movies, games, and a large collection of software. This Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.
This laptop is installed with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, which has a top-of-class 667 MHz speed. It can be expanded to a maximum of 2 GB. To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.
Because of its size, the Wind U100 does not come with an integrated optical drive, but optional CD/DVD read/write drives can be connected to the laptop via one of the three USB ports, enabling you to create your music mixes, burn movies to DVD, and more.
Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This notebook can be wirelessly networked with the integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g/n). Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks, allowing you to link up to home networks as well as Wi-Fi hotspots while on the go. You'll also enjoy wireless connectivity to a wide range of peripherals with the built-in Bluetooth. It comes with the following ports:
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Comments about MSI MSI Wind U100-279US 10" XP Home Netbook (White):
I've only used this notebook for a few days so some opinions might change as I get used to it but here are my first impressions. Overall I have a very good impression of the product, below are some issues/criticisms.
The smaller keyboard does take some time to get used to, especially since the "page up" "page down" "end" and "home" keys don't quite work in the same way - the Fn key must be used. Also the cntrl key is in a slightly different spot.
I had some trouble connecting to my wireless network at first because I didn't realize there was a _button_ on the keyboard that you had to press in order for it to be turned on!
The screen size is difficult to use when doing intensive research or a large project. You also may find loading time to be a bit slow on certain websites (I research with Jstor, Westlaw etc.), although that would be the same with any computer with the same speed. Occasionally I've had to press refresh. But it is great for travel and I'm guessing class notes when I get back to school in the fall.
The product's appearance is excellent. Not too crazy about the laptop case it came with though.
You must purchase your own MS Office or use a CD you've already bought; it only comes with a 60-day trial version.