New MSI Wind netbook has purported 15-hour battery

— 4:26 PM on September 22, 2009

Netbooks tend to be power-efficient and mobile by definition, but MSI has tried to push the envelope a little with its latest Wind. The new U110 Eco couples a nine-cell battery with a Z-series Atom processor to achieve a purported 15 hours of maximum battery life—and it only weighs 3.2 lbs.

MSI also outfits the U110 with a 10-inch 1024x600 display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.0, and usual amenities like a webcam and card reader. As you'd expect considering the CPU choice, the chipset is a US15W with integrated GMA 500 graphics.

The netbook comes with a choice of Windows XP Home or Vista Home Basic operating systems. No Windows 7 yet, although some other Wind netbooks are eligible for free upgrades to the new OS.

We saw the kind of battery life you can squeeze out of Z-series Atom systems in our review of Acer's Aspire One 751, which delivered almost six and a half hours of untethered web browsing with a six-cell battery. The 751 does have an underclocked Atom CPU and relatively sluggish performance, though.

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