MSI Wind 12 U230X - Specs, Price, Hands-on Video - Out in the Philippines

U230X, a no-OS* variant of the AMD Neo X2 powered MSI Wind 12 U230, is now out in the Philippines.

"U230 maintains the distinguishing features of the Wind12 U Series,
with superior ultra-thin mobility and a 12.1" display for an expansive viewing experience.
The ultra thin, power-saving dual core processor architecture
further provides consumers with a performance experience
on par with standard notebook computers"

- MSI Notebook Marketing Director, Sam Chern

Asianic currently has U230X on their shelves and sells it for roughly Php 23,999 with these specifications:

AMD Congo Mobile Technology (to be covered by TP soon)
AMD Athlon™ Neo X2 Dual-Core L335 1.6GHz Processor
2GB DDR2 Memory
320GB Hard Disk Drive
ATI Radeon™ HD3200 Graphics
MSI Wireless 802.11BG-N,
12” HD (1366x768) LED Display
Card Reader
3 x USB 2.0
VGA Port
MSI Sleeves
Battery: 6-cell
Free DOS*
Dimensions: 297(L) X 190(D) X 24-31(H)mm
Weight 1.45KG with 6 cell battery

Watch this MSI Wind12 U230 hands-on video to get an idea of what you can expect from the form factor of this device and its variants:

Quoting TP U230 entry:

It may have been placed under MSI's netbook category - the Wind line - but MSI Wind 12 U1230, the newest iteration to the line, is hardly similar to its siblings -- at least when you consider its innards.

Again, I don't think this is a netbook as its AMD Neo X2 chip is a full-blown notebook processor ~ Heck, it even has a discrete graphics card. This video shows the gaming capabilities of the AMD Congo platform in U230X, combining the power of AMD Neo X2 dualcore and ATI HD 3200 grapics chip:

Nice, eh? Given U230X's price tag, I believe it's a definite catch.

*You'd have to install the OS yourself. You may go Ubuntu or Windows 7. Check out Windows 7 Philippine price and authorized stores list via link.

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  1. I just bought this model. I'm contented with it except for the battery life but that's expected.

    Successfully installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 on this computer with SmartBro Plan 999 USB Modem working. I still have problems with getting UNE 10.04's Cheese to recognize the built-in webcam. Looking for workaround or fixes...

  2. I got the older sibling, the MSI U210X and except for the slightly better graphics card of the U230X, there's not much difference between the two.

    Here's my review of my netbook

  3. I forgot to add that these MSI netbooks is good for gaming too and I even use it for making VoIP calls with my VoIP service while on the road using SmartBro USB modem.

  4. I'm just curious why is it labeled here as AMD Congo Mobile Technology while on the MSI website its using AMD Yukon Mobile Technology


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