MSI has announced a low-cost “netbook” based on Intel’s N270 Atom processor. The “Wind NB U100” includes a 10-inch display, 80GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, webcam, five-hour battery life, 802.11b/g and Bluetooth wireless, and can be overclocked to 1.9GHz, according to the company.
Like the Acer Aspire One also announced this week, and Asus’s two newly announced EEE models, the Wind NB U100 uses Intel’s new 22mm x 22mm Atom N270 processor. It also uses Intel’s 945GMS northbridge and ICH7M southbridge. Eschewing the flash storage employed by many other mini-laptops, the Windows XP Home-based device also includes a 80GB SATA hard disk drive and 1GB of RAM, expandable to 2GB via an available second DIMM slot.
The Wind has a 1.3 megapixel webcam, two internal speakers, a gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11b/g wireless networking, and Bluetooth 2.0. Other features include three USB ports, a VGA port, microphone input, headphone output, plus a reader that accepts SD, MMC, Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro media.