MSI Wind12 U230 Runs On AMD Athlon Neo X2

msi-u230-wind-MSI is pushing the boundaries between standard netbook and standard notebook with their new model – the Wind12 U230. This is a new offering that MSI is flaunting around the Internet. It is not your typical Atom netbook if only because this runs on an AMD Athlon Neo X2 chip. It also has a 12.1” display that has a native resolution of 1,366×768. The keyboard is described as a special ‘de-stress’ keyboard that will supposedly keep you from stressing your fingers.

The Athlon Neo X2 chip on this netbook/ultraportable clocks at 1.6GHz and apparently gives you a better performance than the comparable Atom chip. Another factor to take into consideration is the battery life. The MSI Wind12 gives you only four hours of battery life, whereas other comparable models often touch 5 hours and some around 6 hours. This short battery life will be a definite let down for those who are looking to buy this device. It might also affect how popular this model proves to be.

Other features include a 1.3megapixel webcam and a 160GB HDD. The official weight is 2.9 pounds, which is okay and it will be running Windows 7 Home Premium. For some reason, MSI highlights the fact that the copy of Windows will be genuine. No word on pricing yet.

While there is no apparent resistance in the market regarding non-Atom netbooks, they generally tend to confuse prospective buyers. This is because there is a distinct difference in the internal architecture and manufacturers want to highlight that. But in doing so they tend to confuse people as to why their netbook is better than Atom netbooks. But other than running the Neo, this new netbook is average at best with a below average battery life. So it might not sell as well as MSI thinks it will.