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January 10th, 2009 by kimly

I mentioned briefly earlier in the week on facebook that I purchased a new toy; a MSI U100 netbook. (This review is from mid 2008 on the netbook’s release. The $500 price tag mentioned has been cut by 30% as of this writing.)

I bought it for traveling mostly. Standard 15″ notebooks are just such a pain to fly with; heavy, awkward, and take up too much space. This thing is 10″ x 7″ x 1.5″ and around 2 pounds. Just a bit bigger than a paperback book.  Runs WindowsXP (yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I should be running Linux if I wont get a Mac…), has 1G RAM and a 120G Hard drive. Pretty powerful for the price. Machines $100 cheaper had only 8-16 G hard drives and under 9″ screens. I wont lie, the smaller keyboard and screen (after have dual 19″ at work and a 22″ at home) take a little getting use to, but for surfing and email on the go, I think I’m really going to enjoy this. The keyboard moves a few keys around and cuts some of them in size in order to cram everything into the space. They put the Fn key in the lower left corner where I’m used to finding the Ctrl key (which I use a lot); that has been the hardest thing to get used to so far.

The thing is practically silent and surprisingly runs very cool. My Acer Aspire 5670 is incredibly hot even with a cooling pad. The MSI doesn’t seem to suffer from that issue, which is nice.  Battery life is about 2 hours with the 3 cell version that comes with this model. If I find myself really toting this around I may upgrade to the 6 or 9 cell version.

I have loaded the OpenOffice spreadsheet and word processing software on it just in case. Plus added FireFox, Trillian (multiple platform IM), FileZilla and a couple graphics prgrams just in case I just HAVE to do some photo editting on the road. May still add my html editor and jalbum… that way I could upload new photo albums from anywhere.

I’m taking two trips later this month, I’ll see then how this preforms away from the comfort of my couch.

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