We had a mixed experience when we reviewed MSI's X-Slim X340 in June. The thin ultraportable had a lot going for it, but its bouncy keyboard and finicky touchpad turned us off. Well, Laptop Magazine says MSI has improved the keyboard and made another little addition: an eight-cell battery.
In Laptop Magazine's testing, the new eight-cell model lasted just over eight hours, up from around 3.6 hours for the four-cell model. (If you're curious, the four-cell X340 made it exactly three hours in our own web surfing test.) As for the keyboard, the site says it still has "a tiny bit of flex," but "not enough to be distracting."
There is a tradeoff, of course—the new battery reportedly bumps the X340's weight from 2.9 to 3.4 lbs. Oh, and owners of the four-cell X340 can upgrade for $99.
In related news, Fudzilla has come upon an ad for a 14" MSI X410 laptop powered by AMD's Athlon Neo CPU. The system is going for €499 in France, roughly 34% cheaper than the X340. (That would work out to around $530 on the other side of the Atlantic.) The machine also features Radeon X1250 integrated graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a purportedly thin body.