Pine Trail-based MSI Wind U135 netbooks now available


— 4:31 PM on January 26, 2010

Intel's Pine Trail platform has landed in another series of netbooks. Newegg now carries two brand-new MSI Wind U135 systems priced at $309.99 and $329.99, both featuring 10.1" displays, Intel Atom N450 processors, and Windows 7 Starter Edition.

Buyers will also find Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and one-year warranty coverage as standard. The base $309.99 model packs 160GB of mechanical storage and a three-cell battery, while the pricier variant has a 250GB hard drive and a six-cell battery rated for 7.5 hours of run time. MSI quotes a thickness of 0.74-1.24" and a weight of 2.4-2.6 lbs, depending on the battery size.

From afar, these Wind U135 systems look very similar to older, 10" members of the Wind family. MSI has made a few little tweaks here and there, however. The keyboard now has a chiclet design with 20%-larger keys, the company says, and the new "color film printed case" purportedly produces a glossy look without collecting smudges. MSI also looks to have changed the touch pad somewhat.

Newegg only carries black versions of the U135 right now, but you can expect to see white, red, and blue variants in the future. See the gallery below for some images.

   
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