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MSi Wind U100 Second Impression

Last week, I wrote about my first impression with the MSi Wind U100 netbook. That impression was based on a fully decked out MSi Wind U100-279US. But an unfortunate event soon took it out commission. So, I ended up buying the MSi Wind U100-016US, which arrived last night. This second impression article is based on this newer machine, which is almost identical to the first.

Pro

- The black version is way more slick than the white version.

- The LED indicators are more colorful against the black netbook.

- It's a little smaller than my old Sony VAIO SuperSlim notebook.

Con

- The standard 3-cell battery is even harder to remove than the extended 6-cell battery.

- The wireless network and Bluetooth is enabled via keyboard, so if the keyboard breaks, a replacement USB keyboard cannot enable wireless network and Bluetooth.

- The wireless network and Bluetooth are automatically disabled after removing power completely (AC and battery).

- It's a little thicker than my old Sony VAIO SuperSlim notebook.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 13 Nov 2008 09:51:51 +0000

Neutral

The power to the USB port is always on, even when the netbook is turned off. You can use it to charge a cellphone without wasting CPU cycles. Don't know if this is true on battery power.

The base is so light than when the LCD lid is open, it has a tendency to topple over at the slightest touch.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 16 Nov 2008 20:22:41 +0000

When the AC adapter is not plugged into the netbook, but the battery is installed, the USB port does not provide power when the netbook is off. However, if the netbook is on and in sleep mode, power is always supplied to the USB port. This is both a blessing and a curse. Users beware.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 29 Nov 2008 00:39:19 +0000

After using the MSi Wind U100-016US for three months now, here are two more . . .

Con

- The LED's and their symbols are at the right palm rest. They have been pretty much rubbed out after semi-daily use.

- The rubber feet on the lid, by the web cam, are easily accidentally removed during cleaning.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:33:37 +0000

The LED symbols on my laptop is completely gone. But luckily I have a second MSi Wind U100 that is running as a server. I shot a photo of the symbols, which I attached below.

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LED Legends.jpg

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:05:55 +0000

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Title: MSi Wind U100 First Impression
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Excerpt: I got the tiny MSi Wind Netbook last night. It's a pretty awesome computer; something I can really carry with me on the go. Here is my first impression of the MSi Wind U100-279US Netbook.
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