MSI has updated their netbook line once again. While the U130 and U135 already packed Intel's latest Pine Trail processor, the U160 is throwing down the battery gauntlet. Fifteen hours on one charge? That's nuts.
MSI's Wind U110 was a solid netbook when it was released last year, but the newer Toshiba NB205 and HP Mini 5101 make it look outdated. MSI updated the netbook with a 15-hour, 9-cell battery, but is that enough?
We heard that MSI may release a touchscreen netbook with Intel's next generation Pine Trail Atom platform, and it will. According to MSI, the new Intel Atom chipset is planned to be officially launched at CES.
I'm a little torn. In even acknowledging the OpenBook Nano, I ensure that Apple will shut down Macwind, the company selling stock MSI Wind U100s preloaded with OS X for $399. But that's not the worst of it.
Some folks on the MSI Wind forums are reporting a huge increase in battery life for hacktintosh netbooks after upgrading to 10.5.7. Why would Apple care about power management on Atom-based hardware? Dunno!