Feeds
75%
MSI Wind U160

MSI Wind U160

Nifty netbook

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The battery life test, run with full backlight and looping a video, continued for 5 hours 22 minutes, which is a good time. It just beats the Asus 1005PE, though it still lags behind the top-of-the-pile Toshiba NB200 by around 50 minutes. Two, full-length movies on a single charge makes for a useful entertainment machine and, for less all-embracing uses than video, you could well get seven or eight hours out of it.

MSI Wind U160

Stacks up well against the competition

Despite these good performance results, in use, the machine can seem hesitant to the point where I was convinced, on occasion, that it had stopped responding. Perhaps it was still updating stuff behind the scenes. At other times it ran normally and the full-screen MPEG video, used during battery life testing, ran smoothly with no signs of disturbance.

Verdict

With a very similar spec to a lot of netbooks floating out of the great netbook yards of Eastern China, this machine is a bit faster, for a bit longer, than many. With the exception of its bulky battery tube, it’s a well-designed traveller with a good software bundle. ®

More Netbook Reviews…

Sony
Vaio M
Dell
Mini 10
Acer
Aspire One
532
Asus
Eee PC
1005PE

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

75%
MSI Wind U160

MSI Wind U160

An above average performer and with a decent battery life.
Price: £330 RRP

More from The Register

next story
NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!
N1 mini-'slab to plop into crowded pond next year
The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose
Finnish firm coyly exposes mystery product – and WE NO what it is
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'
Sugarcoating Android's Lollipop makes tab easier to swallow
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.