MSI intros ultra thin 13.4" Menlow-based netbook

MSI intros ultra thin 13.4" Menlow-based netbook

MSI has introduced the X-Slim X320 notebook, which measures just 1.98cm at its thickest point.

CES 2009: MSI has announced what looks to be one of the thinnest Menlow based netbooks we've seen to date and, from the looks of things, it takes a leaf or two out of the MacBook Air's book.

The X-Slim Series X320 packs a 13.4-inch LED backlit 16:9 display (with a native 1,366 x 768 resolution) into a device that measures just 19.8mm at its thickest and 6mm at its thinnest.

Weighing in at 1.3kg with the default four cell battery, its similarities to the MacBook Air are stark, but MSI doesn't compromise on connectivity in the same way that Apple did with its opinion-splitting ultraportable.

The X320 packs support for 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, a 3.5G HSDPA modem, three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, an all-in-one card reader and a VGA output. In addition to the four cell battery, there will be the option for an eight-cell battery, which is claimed to last for up to ten hours - we'll have to wait and see how it stacks up when we get our hands on one, though.

Inside, there's a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, up to 2GB of memory, a mechanical hard drive (capacities haven't been detailed yet) and everything else that comes as standard with the Menlow platform. In some ways, this could be seen as a compromise, but it's a different one to those made on other ultraportables.

There is no word on pricing yet, but we've heard suggestions that the X320 will be available in Champagne, Pearl White and Black. We'll bring you more on this as we get it.

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proxess 6th January 2009, 02:18 Quote
ohhhhhhh nice. Hurry up and get your hands on one and give us a delicious review!
bowman 6th January 2009, 02:41 Quote
Hm, finally Menlow.

Given that its Atom and MSI it ought to be around 1/10 of the Macbook Air price..
WildTangent 6th January 2009, 05:51 Quote
DO WANT! Seriously, I need more details...
Paradigm Shifter 6th January 2009, 11:21 Quote
Finally, a netbook-type system with a half decent res on the screen... (working on WSXGA+ on a 15.4" laptop for the past five or so years has really made high-resolution screens a necessity...)

Would be very interested in this if they bring out a dual-core Atom variant.
leviathan18 6th January 2009, 14:42 Quote
this should have the 9400 nvidia chipset
Jamie 9th January 2009, 09:20 Quote
Interesting, but I think it'll be priced like a normal laptop.
kenco_uk 9th January 2009, 09:42 Quote
Still, it looks nice, should be light to lug around and if the 10 hours claimed battery time is true, MSI are onto a winner.
Paradigm Shifter 9th January 2009, 09:53 Quote

Sony are offering an interesting alternative. But it's a full laptop price level. :(
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