Hands on: 11.6″ MSI U270 Running AMD’s Zacate (Update: Press Release)

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28 Feb, 2011 11:35 am


Update: MSI US has just put out a press release debuting a product that we got hands on with back in December. Glad its finally official! ;) (See bottom for official details)

MSI had a press event in Taipei where it showed off an early preview of some of its CES wares to the local media. Among the devices on display by far the most interesting was the 11.6 inch MSI U270 which was running on an AMD development platform. A Rep from MSI let us know that it was in fact running on the 1.6- GHz Zacate Processor from AMD. The unit has a very thin bezel around its 1366 x 768 resolution display. As for other specs we know they are planning a 320-500GB HDD and up to 4GB of RAM.

The U270 also offers i USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, VGA out, HDMI, SD card reader and the standard audio jack, ethernet & kensington lock. The finish of the unit is very glossy and a finger print magnet just like its screen. They chiclet keyboard was very well built and offered little flex when typing.

We don’t know much else about this subnotebook from MSI, no release dates or prices. Perhaps we will find out a bit more during CES in a few days.

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The full press release from MSI:

MSI’s Wind U270 Laptop
The epitome of beauty, power, and portability
MSI unveiled its 12.1-inch Wind U270 notebook computer with AMD’s new generation dual-core processor E-350, USB3.0, HDMI port, and HD720p webcam. A highly mobile machine that offers everything you need in a notebook computer and performance on par with discrete graphics card-packing computers.

Taipei-Do high performance notebook computers necessarily need to be big and clunky? MSI just rolled out its new generation wind U270 laptop Which is light and portable like a netbook , but has a comfortable 12.1 inch screen, a full-size Chicklet keyboard, and features AMD’s powerful new dual-core E-350 processor with ATI Radeon ™ HD 6310 Discrete-class display chip for awesome display performance on par with that of a discrete graphics card. Both highly portable and powerful, the Wind U270 gives you the best of both worlds.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI notebook, notes that the Wind U270 is not easy-to-carry and comes sheathed in a color print film with classic checkerboard pattern that is only stylish, but thus protects against smudging. The perfect fusion of high tech and art, the powerfully portable Wind NB U270 is equipped with a complete array of functions, including the new generation USB3.0, HDMI, and HD 720p webcam.

New AMD processing platform
New AMD processor architecture APU: The Wind U270 features AMD’s new generation dual-core processor E-350. In addition to packing core x86 architecture, the APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) processor sports the ATI Radeon ™ HD 6310 discrete class display Which chip supports DirectX 11, offering powerful processing and display performance on par with discrete graphics cards.

DirectX 11 for more detailed graphics: The Wind U270 features the ATI Radeon ™ HD 6310 Discrete-class display chip Which supports DirectX 11 for enhanced graphics. In addition, AMD’s new generation E-350 processor supports ATI Stream Which helps the graphics processor and the CPU work in concert, boosting computing performance.

All the function and style you could ask for
Classy gradated coating: With its subtle gradated checkerboard design, the cover of the Wind U270 exudes from artistic feel, while the layered tones accentuate the unparalleled elegance of this chic machine. In addition to giving the U270 a character all its own, MSI’s color print film protects it against scratching and wear. The Wind U270 comes with an attractive so independent Chiclet keyboard for a nice, solid feel when you type.

USB3.0: MSI’s Wind U270 comes with new ports USB3.0 transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps Which boast 10 times faster than USB2.0, and 80% faster power transmission, providing vastly higher data transfer rates and charging speeds for external hard drives , flash drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

HDMI and HD 720p webcam: The MSI Wind U270 comes with a cinema-class 16:9 ratio LED display, Which not only offers richer colors, but does not have those pesky black strips at the top and bottom of the screen when you watch HD films. The U270 comes equipped with an laptop so HD720p webcam to give you rich, smooth, clear pictures when conferencing with friends and family. If you like watching HD films on something larger than a computer screen, the U270′s HDMI slot lets you connect to LCD TVs.

Exclusive software
Easy Face biometric software: The Wind U270 comes preloaded with MSI’s own facial recognition software Which works in concert with the high definition webcam to protect your data biometrically. Easy Face remembers passwords for MSN accounts as well as login passwords for websites and systems and can integrate all your passwords for personal accounts under one lock and key-your unique facial features. It remembers your passwords, so you do not have to.

S-Bar: MSI’s Wind U270 laptop not only offers the most powerful hardware available, both hardware and software are designed with the user in mind The S-Bar toolbar, located at the top of the screen, Consists of shortcuts for major OS programs , hardware, and MSI’s own applications. Use it to control all system functions, auxiliary programs, and applications as well as an array of programs, Such as software to save power and boost performance, as well as MSI’s multimedia software, the webcam, the projector, the wireless, Bluetooth, volume control, screen brightness, and standby mode. Operating multimedia was never easier.

ECO Engine power saving technology: MSI’s exclusive ECO technology Allows the user to extend battery life with one touch. You can choose from among five power management scenarios, Video Game, Movie, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery, effectively maximizing battery life. Tests show that the MSI U270 can run up to 8 hours on a single charge. * Actual battery time may vary with differences in computer use and settings.

MSI i-Charger technology: The Wind U270 comes with MSI’s so i-Charger technology Which pumps more power through USB slots, so you can recharge devices up to three times faster. Now, while others are waiting for their mobile devices to recharge, you can be enjoying yours.

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