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MSI Wind12 U230-033US AMD Athlon Neo MV-40(1.60 GHz) 12.1" WXGA 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

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  • AMD Athlon Neo MV-40(1.60 GHz)
  • 2GB Memory 250GB HDD
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

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Part Number

Operating System

OS Provided
Windows 7 Home Premium


CPU Type
AMD Athlon Neo
CPU Speed
MV-40(1.60 GHz)
CPU L2 Cache


AMD RS780 + SB710


Screen Size
Widescreen Display
Display Type
Max Resolution
1366 x 768
Display Feature


Graphics Processor
ATI Radeon HD 3200
Video Memory
Shared system memory


Max Memory Supported

Hard Drive

Hard Drive Interface

Dimension & Weight

3.30 lbs.

Netbook Camera

Camera Type
Camera Pixels
1.3 Megapixel


802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN

Expansion / Connectivity

3 x USB 2.0
Video Ports
1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
1 x Microphone jack; 1 x Headphone jack


Integrated Sound Card
2 Speakers

Input Device

87 keys

Card Reader

Card Reader
4-in-1 Card Reader (XD/SD/MMC/MS)


AC Adapter
65-watt AC adapter


6-cell lithium ion
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Dominic B.
  • 3/18/2010 9:07:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsUndervoltage

Pros: -A great hack on this laptop is to undervolt the processor using Rightmark CPU Utility, I manage to add another 45minutes of battery on light usage. I get stable performance at 0.85v at 8x and 0.6875v at 4x, use the official AMD p-state option.
-I really dig this laptop, mostly for the dedicated graphics card which lets me do design work with ease.
-Good choice on 32bit install, 64bit would work for faster computers, not necessary for this one
-Bright Screen
-Huge HD
-3lbs, whoa, feels lighter

Cons: -Crapware installed
-Wish the power adapter had something to wrap up the cable

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  • Dave T.
  • 3/10/2010 6:23:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for everyday use

Pros: Screen size is great for those that find 10 inches too small and 15 inches too big.
Keyboard is full size so don't worry about cramped hands.
Feels very sturdy and durable overall.
The amount of features you get for the price create a ton of value in this netbook.

Cons: Battery life is only around 2.5-3 hours under normal use.
CPU can be sluggish when opening some apps on Windows.
Screen does not tilt back far, leaving you angling the netbook back while typing.

Other Thoughts: Never heard of MSi before and decided to purchase it based on other reviews and I am very happy with my purchase. I would recommend this to someone who is looking for something in between a netbook and a full size laptop who just wants to surf the web and work with office apps etc.

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  • Andrew S.
  • 3/9/2010 9:40:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSlick and Powerful

Pros: In list form see below for overall opinion:

Small Form Factor Good Performance
Big enough keyboard to actually use frequently
Fast Single Core CPU
2GB Ram (upgradeable to 4GB)
Great Screen
Nice looking but not over the top
Feels very flexible
Powerful enough to Unrar/Par2 items.
Multitasking has been very smooth so far.
Webcam is decent enough
Not much junk pre-installed
Windows Home Premium is snappy
250GB drive in a tiny package
Boots up in under 1 Minute
MSI makes some great netbooks

Cons: Screen doesn't go "back" as far as I'd like. Limited view angle since it doesn't go back that far.
Webcam face recognition login works just ok. Terrible in poor lighting.
Not a Neo X2 (although still runs very well)
Not the 64Bit Windows 7 Home
Very small Trackpad and Trackpad buttons (good for some people)

Other Thoughts: Why people spend 1000's of dollars on laptops just to surf the web is beyond me. This little guy (or gal) is perfect! Runs everything I want it too plus it's extremely tiny!

It's powerful enough for me to Unrar large files and play 720p streams.

Multitasking was a concern but seemed to be not an issue at all.

The machine feels very snappy. The small size is a bonus. I haven't seen any of the other issues that were mentioned above.

Big Keys? What does that even mean.

For 400 bucks you get an Ultra Portable laptop that's powerful enough to run all your apps (within reason).

Spending hundreds of dollars more wouldn't really give you that much more IMO. If you want to game you probably aren't buying a laptop anyways.

As someone who works in IT I can whole heartedly recommend this laptop.

Why people would spend more when the majority of people surf the net, use itunes, watch movies, and occasionally word process is beyond me.

Overall great build quality and funct

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  • Ronald R.
  • 3/7/2010 4:18:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsRight size, Great Performance, Wants a fresh Win 7 install

Pros: Powerful machine, right size very portable but big enough to do real work on (major improvement over 10", lighter and more portable than full size laptops), Windows 7 rocks. Still haven't seen anything comparable with N WLAN, gigabit LAN, HDMI out and Good battery life.

Cons: Out of the box bloated with software and poor configuration. I almost gave up on this machine but a fresh install of Windows 7 fixed things up. WLAN range slightly less than some other machines I have but not enough to be a major issue. Some issues with WLAN (turn on/off) appears to be related to sleep mode or I may not be patient enough for it to turn back on (sleep/wake cycle usually fixes it).

Other Thoughts: Highly recommend a fresh install of Win 7. Easy if you have upgrade disk etc... (won't need a new license) If you don't have a disk, the restore partition gives you a do over but not a fresh install.
I highly recommend a fresh install of Win 7 (You can still keep the restore partition if you are nervous).
I haven't found anything this machine won't do well, completely satisfied with size, features and power. I looked at more powerful machines but felt the difference for me would just be higher cost and less portability without noticeable performance increase.
I don't play games so can't comment on gaming.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/5/2010 9:36:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery pleased

Pros: Very respectable processor and GPU speed, considering the size and price. Light, but solidly built. Fantastic keyboard. HDMI (!!) and 720p HD video decoding. Great screen. Drive capacity.

Cons: Battery life isn't spectacular, but enough for my purposes (3.5 hr). Would have liked integrated bluetooth.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I've installed Ubuntu on the secondary partition, and both it and Windows 7 run spectacularly well.

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  • 3/5/2010 4:08:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnot all that

Pros: good keyboard, great screen, light weight

Cons: low battery life, runs hot, relatively slow processing, Win7 OS, fingerprint magnet finish, lack of support, non specific/poorly written user manual

Other Thoughts: As marked, this netbook is OK but not great, I only get 3hrs+ on a full charge with normal web usage. The side vent blows HOT air so your lap is toasty. I expected more speed as configured. Win7 may be a step in the right direction but working with it makes for slow computing without adding an additional 2G or RAM. I opted to dump Windows and load Ubuntu 64 bit OS which runs MUCH better. Problem is MSI only offers support for Windows. Attempting to find any actual component info about this netbook is difficult but not impossible. The manual/website is of little use. Once configured (no easy task) everything works well but the webcam and microphone are of poor quality (dark pictures, low volume).
Would I buy this model if I had to do it over now that I've used it ? Probably not...I believe I would opt for a machine with an Intel CPU that is faster and has lower power consumption

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  • Alyssa F.
  • 3/4/2010 9:54:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMSI L2100 = U230?

Pros: If this is the same as the MSI L2100 These are the Pros

- USB CD/DVD, USB HDD, Memory Card Reader Bootable
- Windows 7 OS
- Can run Linux using VM Ware with no problems
- Is upgradeable to 1080p with add in card
- Has wireless b/g/n
- 250GB HDD is plenty of space for a laptop of this size
- Can max out at 4GBs of DDR2 800
- Lightweight and portable
- Numark's Omni Control can run on this without problems
- Plenty of USB
- Read my MicroSD to SD/SDHC Card Adapter
- Can run Guilty Gear X2 #Reload without a hiccup
- PS3 Controller works excellent on it
- Can run 64 bit OS
- Low price for something that can do all of this

Cons: Some people complain about the pad not being smooth enough? Some people complain about the keys being slightly too big? How savvy of them! *rolls eyes*

Laaaame complaints people, time to learn something about the actual technology.

Other Thoughts: This is an excellent laptop hands down. People complained about the wireless being bad when unplugged. This is because by default it is set up to decrease power to the wireless when unplugged. You can turn it off manually in advanced power management for wireless.

In the future I'm ugrading my HDD to a solidstate to save more power and increase performance. I'm also considering upgrading to 1080p later.

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  • Richard B.
  • 3/3/2010 8:54:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCould have been so much better

Pros: - Small size, but big keyboard and big screen.

- The border around the screen is small (0.5 inches on the sides, 0.75 inch on the top)

- 64-bit CPU that supports AMD-V (virtualization)

- Good on-board GPU. Beats the GMA 500 on the Atom based netbooks.

- Screen resolution supports 720p.

- HDMI output. Can use HDMI to DVI cable (not included) to avoid having to resort to an analog channels to send video to an external display.

Cons: - Some keys on the keyboard are actually a little too big.

- Why are there TWO backslash keys? One is located where the spacebar should extend to the left, the other is above the Enter key. Make my spacebar bigger and remove the 2nd backslash key!

- Display. The display has two MAJOR problems:
1) The contrast ratio sucks. If you set the background to black, it appears bluish grey. Lots of light gets leaks through the LCD when all the pixels are turned on (by on, I mean black since that is how LCDs work...) The display contrast ratio is like that on a laptop from the year 2002.
2) It is very glossy. If you like looking at your reflection in the display, then you might like this laptop.

- Touchpad. Why did they make the surface so rough? It feels like fine grain sandpaper... Uggh. It should feel smooth, not like sandpaper.

- CPU is manufactured using 65nm process making it not as low powered compared to the Atom. AMD should have made Neo using their 45nm process.

Other Thoughts: Get the Lenovo version instead. Yes, it is more expensive, but you probably won't have the screen, keyboard, and touchpad issues. I'm seriously considering returning this laptop or selling it. What a disappointment.

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  • Joseph P.
  • 2/23/2010 11:12:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: This mini laptop (not a netbook) is amazing and does everything you will ever need to do on the go. Keyboard is PERFECT for my huge hands, screen is amazingly crisp with its high resolution and brightness. Its a perfect home theater pc with Windows 7 and the Radeon (can stream over wireless N and hardware decode 720p movies and some 1080p)

Cons: Price was a bit high when purchased, dropped ~$100 since. Bluetooth not working on Windows 7...?

Other Thoughts: This + Windows 7 + bluetooth dongle & mouse = powerhouse.
For what this netbook can do, the battery life is actually quite good @ ~5hrs.

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