By Evan Ackerman
The MSI Wind U100 is
a pretty decent netbook the best netbook EVAR. In fact, I’m typing this entry on one right now, can you tell? MSI has been pretty good about providing substantive software upgrades, and now it looks like there are some hardware enhancements on the way in the next generation of the U100 series, although they’ll be just about identical from the outside.
The U100 Plus will have an extra gig of RAM for 2 gigs total, although it’s unclear whether they’re just going to be filling the empty RAM slot found on the original U100. Also, the processor gets a small bump to the 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280, with an Intel Intel 945GSE graphics chipset.
Specs on the U110 ECO, after the jump.
The U110 ECO uses the Atom Z530, which is very slightly slower (1.6 GHz) but uses less than half the average power of the Atom N280. It’s also paired with the superior GMA500 graphics chipset. These hardware tweaks are supposed to enable the ECO to eke out 8-10 hours from a 6 cell battery, but since my U100 only gets about 4.5 hours out of my 6 cell, I’ll believe when I see it.
There’s no price or availability information yet, but my guess is that the U100 Plus will cost about the same as the U100, while the U110 ECO might be a small premium, especially if it includes a 6 cell battery.