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Wind U110 was a solid netbook when it was released last year, but the newer Toshiba NB205 and HP Mini 5101 make it look outdated.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?


Basically, this is the same netbook as the older U110, but subs the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 for a 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z530. The new processor is better for power efficiency, but has shown less performance punch than the typical netbook Atom. The system still has the same 1GB memory and 160GB hard drive. It's also offered with either Windows XP or Vista.

The real difference here is that giant 9-cell battery which supposedly gives a 15-hour run, and I guess the "Eco" name, which doesn't seem to refer to any particular environmental update. That battery doesn't only give the netbook a larger behind, but it adds to its weight. List price is $430, though Newegg has it right now for $400. [MSI]