New colors + TV = MSI U123

For $380, MSI's newest Wind adds new colors, an N280 Atom, and a way to watch live TV.

The Wind just got boob-tube-friendly. MSI

MSI's newest Wind has gone on sale, upgrading to an Atom N280 processor from the previous N270 for some modest performance gains. What else is new as compared with the last-generation Wind? Four colors instead of two--blue, red, gray, and white, so a family of four could have its own MSI Wind party and not mix up their laptops.

Also new and notable is a TV antenna connector, turning the Wind into a portable broadcast-ready set in a pinch. Most of what we watch these days is on the Internet anyway, but this could always come in handy for live sports or events.

Packed with a six- or nine-cell battery (no three, so you have to live with the "battery bump"), prices start at $380 for the six-cell, and $430 for nine-cell. Both models come with 1GB RAM, a 160GB HDD, a 1.3-megapixel Webcam, and a 10.2-inch screen--no surprises. The nine-cell also adds 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.0, whereas the six-cell just has 802.11 b/g.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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