MSI Wind12 U250 Notebook Review

There have been a lot of machines with 12.1 inch screen and clean design
in the range of Wind; however the U250 does not seem to overflow with
originality. However, its features have little to do with a traditional
netbook. With a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 4 GB of RAM, a
250GB hard drive and an AMD Athlon especially Neo K325 II coupled to an
ATI Radeon HD 4225 with 512 MB dedicated memory, this configuration is
the least original. But is it good in terms of performance and autonomy?

Apart from its screen definition much more comfortable than a netbook,
the Wind12 U250 is, in appearance, not very different from other
netbooks range in Wind. The glossy plastic shell decorated with a
geometric pattern, the edges of screen plastics well marked, the slice
thickness on the device does not make a model of elegance, even if its
not bad looking.

Small errors of taste, although this is no crippling, the small touchpad
is not multipoint and too small. The keyboard keys to almost flat, is
correct but does not have the comfort of chiclet versions. He is,
however, the entire width of the chassis.

Greatly improved performance

Let us break the suspense: yes, this laptop has performance that far
exceeds what can make a netbook. According to the field on which we
apply the comparison, the performance is superior to one quarter or even
a third compared to those a computer powered by an Intel Atom N450. Not
to mention 4 GB of RAM that allows Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Family to
feel like a fish in water. Exit Windows 7 Starter and therefore its
limitations. The ATI Radeon HD 4225 without blinking decodes HD video
content. This netbook comes with an HDMI output in addition to the
traditional VGA, interest on the image to deport a larger screen is
clear.

A cut to the autonomy bill!

There are two battery locations supplied with this model; a 3 cell which
is perfectly integrated into the chassis and a second 6-cell which is
slightly behind the PC. With high capacity battery, the weight gain
increased almost 1.5 kg which begins to weigh heavy for an
ultra-portable.


The real problem with this likeable Wind12 U250 performance is not its
weight, but in his self-sufficient. The 5:30 hrs of autonomy is obtained
with the help of two batteries (4 h 10 min with 6 cells and 1 h 20 min
with 3 cells), which is very very fair for a machine with an emphasis on
mobility.

Features

12.1" 16:9 LED Backlit Widescreen Display

The MSI Wind12 U250 features 12.1” 16:9 ratio display for better viewing
experience. Furthermore, LED power-saving backlight technology provides
better color fullness and brightness, elevating the total quality of
imagery. The lower usage of power can also offer a longer operating
time.


Streamlined design that whispers fluidity and elegance

The sleek and exquisite design gives Wind12 U250 an elegant presence.
Each curve is accentuated with a smooth contour making its polished
exterior a delicate feast for the eyes. The U250 offers you a choice of
two colors: cobra gray or classic black. The exclusive “Color Film Print
Technology” from msi applies to the cover as well as the palm rest
area, so the glossy texture promises better quality and both visual and
tactile sensation.

Ultra lightweight. Ultraportable

Ultraportable 1.3kg lightweight, smaller than an A4 magazine, Wind12
U250 measures only 297(L)*190(W) mm. It is the perfect gadget that fits
in your bag whenever you are on the go.

HD Ready for clearer and sharper images

The Wind12 U250 is capable of displaying high-quality pictures and
videos with 1366*768 screen resolution. The images on this 12.1”
widescreen offer great color saturation and subtlety and sharper details
so you can indulge yourself while watching your favorite films.

Extended power: 5.5 hours of battery life

Compared with other notebook computers, the Wind12 U250’s battery lasts 2
times longer! While other notebook computers operate on a 2-hr limit,
the Wind12 U250 enables over than 5.55 hrs operating time without the
need to recharge. The Wind12 U250 truly redefines the definition of
mobility.


HDMI output

HDMI Digital Terminal Interface offers more than 5GB of transmitting
bandwidth; it also lessens the complications of cables. The Wind12 U250
offers the very best in image quality through the HDMI Terminal so as to
ensure the utmost picture perfection. Simply connect your Notebook to a
LCD TV or other multimedia devices (1080i compliance) and get ready for
the enjoyment of home theater.

New EDS (Ergonomic De-stress) keyboard

MSI Ergonomics De-Stress (EDS) Keyboard features a surface area that is
51% larger, so the face of each individual key is wider for your typing
convenience; it encourages natural finger and wrist movement to reduce
strain and allows you to work for hours without discomfort.

Built-in MSI exclusive software

The Wind12 U250 features msi exclusive face detection software
“Easyface” for a safer and effortless logon. Just one installation you
can get Easyface Manager, Easyface Autolocker and Easyface Logon at the
same time.

Taking and managing your own pictures with Easyface Manager, detecting
and logging on with Easyface Logon and the system will automatically log
off or lock the screen after a few minutes as you stop using your
Notebook. MSI Easyface ensures better security and offers an easier yet
more comprehensive detecting process.

What’s more, the Wind12 U250 is preloaded with a plethora of msi brand
new software, including Webcam Companion, Visual Effect2 and Print
Creation, so you can edit and print out the photos you’ve taken by using
a webcam at your own convenience.

The Latest AMD Athlon II Neo Processor

The Latest AMD Athlon II Neo Processor is designed to deliver a full PC
experience enabling you to enjoy your favorite applications. Browse the
Internet, read and send email, run applications, watch videos, and play
games – all on the go. And with AMD PowerNow! Technology, you’ll enjoy
long battery life so you can do what you want, where you want, in style.

Specifications

  • CPU: AMD
    Geneva(Platform: Nile) Dual core Processor
  • OS: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Chipset: AMD RS880M
  • Memory: DDR3, 2 SO-DIMM slots, Max: 8GB
  • LCD Size: 12.1” 1366 x 768 HD Ready
  • Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225
  • Graphics VRAM: share with system memory
  • HDD (GB): 2.5" 250GB/320GB/500GB SATA
  • Audio: 2 high quality speakers
  • Webcam: 1.3M
  • Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS/XD
  • LAN: 10/100/1000
  • Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: optional
  • D-Sub (VGA): 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • USB 2.0 port: 3
  • Mic-in/Headphone-out: 1
  • Keyboard: 87 keys
  • AC Adapter: 65W
  • Battery: 3/6 cells
  • Dimension: 297(L) X 190(D) X 24-31(H)mm
  • Weight (KG): 1.3

Conclusion

Too bad autonomy that is at half and the price is a little high because
the performance of the Wind12 U250 is interesting and easily free
themselves from limitations inherent in netbooks. Something like a
CULV-based processor of Intel 13′ seems altogether more appropriate.
With a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 4 GB of RAM, a 250GB hard
drive and an AMD Athlon especially Neo K325 II coupled to an ATI Radeon
HD 4225 with 512 MB dedicated memory, this configuration is for the
least original.

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