The battle over ultrathin, low-voltage laptops has begun in earnest.
MSI announced Wednesday the availability of the X340, the first notebook to hit the market sporting Intel's new CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) processor.
The X340 is the first of many ultrathin notebooks that look a lot like the MacBook Air, but bear significantly lower prices. draws 5.5 watts, or one-sixth the power of other mobile processors, which leads to longer battery life. The X340 has a 13.4-inch screen, and is priced at $900. It weighs 2.86 pounds, measures .78 inches thick and comes with an HDMI port for displaying high-definition video.
There are going to be many more of these cheaper thin and light laptops to come. On Monday, , which will also come with the CULV processor, and will be priced at $649. But it won't be available until the end of June. Acer also plans a series to include CULV in its , which will range from $699 to $899.