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-Keyboard is easy to use, bigger than AcerOne
-Battery life is 10-11 hours with wifi on constantly
-Screen is clear and bright
-Youtube videos are fluid on lower resolutions FS
-wifi reception is excellent in windows XP and Ubuntu 9.10


-An exec at Intel should be fired for not releasing the GMA500 Development kit to vendors until a few weeks ago. Video under Ubuntu 9.10 has been a disaster. Vesa only. Some people have had success by using psb-kernel-source etc for their drivers but my attempts failed. 800x600 looks awful on a widescreen display
-Don't think windows drivers for the GMA500 are any better. I still had to go find drivers for individual parts online since MSI said that they're using the built-in drivers from windows. The synaptic touchpad for example didn't scroll at all until I install the drivers myself.
-HD video on youtube sucks. The video GPU isn't handling them as well as advertised. 360p is fine, but 480P and up is distracting if not unwatchable, and that's under XP.
-Only keyboard comment is placement of Fn key. I wish that CTRL was in the corner and not the FN key. I use hotkeys a lot, and hitting the FN key instead is annoying. Not awful, just annoying.
-Ethernet port does not function.

Other Thoughts:

If you need your netbook to run 100% out of the box avoid this chipset. Stay with the GMA950 for now until Intel can get their drivers and support figured out. Had the netbook been perfect under windows and just fuzzy in Ubuntu I would've forgiven some of this, but even XP is running around 80%. Ubuntu is around 60%. For my business the ethernet port MUST work and it does not in XP or Ubuntu. Video under Ubuntu 9.10 is around 4fps. Video under XP is fluid at lower resolutions.

This netbook would be perfect if it had the GMA950 instead. MSI did a great job with what they had. As of right now I recommend it to those who like to tinker and edit xorg.conf and recompile their kernel over and over again.

I missed the part were there is only one dimm slot on this board. I ordered a 1gb chip to add just to discover I couldn't use it. Order a 2gb chunk and replace the 1gb that comes with it instead.

I would give this netbook 5-stars if it were a GMA950
Intel GMA500 = avoid

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  • Jeremiah C.
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