MSI Wind is one of the most common family of netbooks in the world. Usually most netbooks are about the same when it comes to performance, but the Wind 12 is a clear exception. Using an AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 CPU, it makes quick work of its Atom counterparts. Its closest competition, the mighty HP Mini 311, is blown out of the water with every benchmark and test. Indeed, the current generation of netbooks cannot stand a chance against the U230, and Testfreaks’ review leaves no doubt that a departure from the traditional Intel Atom platform yields impressive performance.
What is the reason for such awesome power? It is a combination of the AMD Athlon Neo X2, dual cores at 1600 MHz, the ATI Radeon HD 3200 with shared memory, and the speedy Seagate Hard Drive. Of course, this causes a hit to battery life, leaving it at 4 hours, and a boost in price, coming out to be $479 for pre-order. At the 12.1” 1366 x 768 screen and all these other factors, one has to wonder, is this so much a high-end netbook as a low-end ultra-light notebook?
Via Engadget, image via Testfreaks