MSI Wind U27

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MSI launches a new netbook. For this 11.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixels), the Taiwanese manufacturer is not turned to the usual components (Intel Atom and chipset graphics) but the Brazos APU from AMD. There is also the presence of a prestigious guest that is generally missing from netbooks: USB 3.0.

Equipment and ergonomics: USB 3.0 and HDMI

While is often accused to MSI a lack of care in the finishes of our products, the brand seems to be applied to this model. Here, the plastic shell does not crack. There are no games between the different elements. The negative point is the keyboard, with a slight tendency to sink when pressed on it.

The separate or chiclet keys are generally pleasant to use. Typing is silent and instinctive but then again, a small detail comes slightly tarnish all. Entry and Shift keys would have earned a slight expansion, even though we are well aware that low space much limits the possibilities.

The touchpad has made us less good impression. If its not caused us no problem sliding, it is its size that makes nice little usage. For a 11.6-inch netbook, it is clearly undersized. Use it it more the screen shows a definition of 1366 x 766 pixels against 1024 x 600 pixels for more traditional 10.1-inch models. Therefore, to take repeatedly to iterate through all of the diagonal. Note that it is a touchpad single touch. For those already accustomed to scrolling with two fingers, the back is quite difficult and the impression to lose time in fetching the scrollbars on the side of the screen is increased.

Webcam (720 p) has not convinced us. The image pixelated lot. The black is clogged. Only the return of the movements is correct. Say that at best it can troubleshoot when needed, but for everyday use it is recommended to add a more efficient external webcam.

Side connectors, it is rather well loti. On the right there are the power cord, the exit HDMI and VGA as well as the USB 3.0 still too rare in mobile phones. On the other side stand the outlet RJ45, SD, two USB 2.0 card reader and headphone and microphone jacks. It should be noted that USB 3.0 penalty has settle on netbooks, and memory tester, this Wind U270 the first to equip.

It would seem that MSI has slightly undersized cooling fan. Indeed, if the rest all goes well, when a little push components, noise level grows a lot. It will be background music enough present to hide.

Side rise in temperature and evacuation, MSI made the same mistake that many of its competitors: spit it out hot air at an angle by the slice. In this way, knees warm at the same time as the computer when it is installed on.

Calculations: good performance

The E350 AMD APU is not a discovery since we had met him on the occasion of the Acer Aspire 5253 (15.6-inch) test. After a passage on our test procedure the U270 results were similar to those of the Acer.

This is so even when a machine to stick to Office use rather than heavier activities such as 3D modeling. If nothing prevents to launch this kind of application on the U270, time calculations should quickly push users to do so only when necessary. On average, he as well as the 12 inch models equipped with an Intel Atom D525 (Asus VX6 and 1215N).

Playback of videos in high definition (HD 1080p, Blu – Ray equivalent) passes correctly as long as you use playback software that supports hardware decoding (VLC in Media Player Classic HC with the right codecs recent version), or even Power DVD from version 9. Part one processor is not able to go beyond the 720 p and must therefore rely on the graphical part (AMD Radeon HD 6310). What is a good point for him since many netbooks with Intel Atom Processors and 3150 graphics chipsets are not able to go beyond the 720 p.

The start of the Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit pre-installed is 51 seconds. It then takes between 10 and 20 seconds for the launch of the different software and connecting to a Wi – Fi network. Meanwhile, extinction takes less than 20 seconds.

Some possibilities of games

In the games also, the graphic part is better than of many integrated graphics chipsets. Beware, there still not enough to give wings to the Wind U270. It copes honourably with some little greedy, but the newer games only work with g options.

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Do you think it Luxury netbook of 11.6-inch MacBook Air?

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Since their arrival in our region at the beginning of 2008, netbooks have gone through many changes and unprecedented achievements in front of their shelves to steal the show … In three years, we tried some thirty of these little machines, but so similar yet so different. During testing, we ended up with a list of strengths as a 11.6 inch HD screen, a graphics chip friendly, light weight, good battery life, quiet operation, a good keyboard and a touchpad great. We also reached a conclusion: the Atom is now anemic … The 11.6-inch MacBook Air has all the qualities that have never been collected on a netbook and its Core 2 Duo offers more power than Atom. Focus on « luxury Netbook » Apple!

Both enter the heart of the matter and discuss chapter, angry that is to say that the price. With € 999 for the basic model with a Core 2 Duo 1.4 GHz, 2 GB DDR3 and SSD 64 GB, the MacBook Air Apple A1175 Battery is twice as expensive as the more expensive netbooks (like the Samsung N510: € 550 to time of launch). As for the « final » version with a Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz, 4 GB and a 128GB SSD, reaching € 1.339! Alone with his Sony Vaio P (8-inch 1600×768 screen, but an unfortunate Atom 1.33 GHz SSD) allowed more muscular prices for Apple MacBook Air … It is also interesting to note that the change in the size and weight (much) higher, there are machines like the Acer Timeline X 4820TG with a Core i3 or i5, 4 GB, 500 GB hard drive, a Radeon HD 5650 (or 6550) a GB HD and a 14-inch starting at 550 €!

Because you can not get the details of the component prices, we examine the two most expensive: the processor (chipset) and the disc. The Core 2 Duo SU9600 took in $ 289 in the base ARK against $ 32 for the Intel Atom N270 and Atom N455 to $ 64. When you know that Intel sold the Atom N270 and its chipset for $ 25 to counter NVIDIA ION GeForce 320M … also weighs significantly balance knowing that the ION, much simpler, already worth $ 35. The processor and the chipset in the MacBook Air alone are worth a first premium netbook! A 128GB SSD costs $ 200 and a 2.5-inch hard drive with 160 GB for only $ 26 (or $ 50 for a 500 GB). Although this price « end user », but they can realize where the gaps are. Finally, the aluminum frame is completely the MacBook Air is much more expensive than a plastic shell.

The MacBook Air uses a shell « Unibody » MacBook Pro etc.. It is derived from an aluminum block with high precision machines. The result is an exemplary finish and rigidity, despite the thinness of the frame. Cutting shield uses a similar principle, allowing you to combine the same benefits. Apple has blocked access to the interior of the car with the heads of a few screws to fasten the bottom plate of the MacBook Air. It’s really lobes penta models!

The trackpad is glass, as on the MacBook Pro and the entire surface acts as a button. Compared with the netbook, the MacBook Air has a huge touch-sensitive area of 105 x 63 mm (larger than the 4820TG Timeline X) with a height / width is very well suited to the HD screen. The glass makes a perfect fine and four points of contact are well managed. As always, there is no harm in that direction pointing to the device from Apple, at least until you use Mac OS X. Windows 7, the only supported version of BootCamp, features are reduced to the last three illustrations: click by tap, double-click by tapping twice and right-click with two fingers and nothing more! Damage seen in OS X the possibilties …

Friendly Duo: Core 2 Duo and GeForce 320m

Date MacBook Air 11.6-inch late 2010 and again Apple has maintained a good old Core 2 Duo « Penryn » instead of a Core i3, i5 or i7 « Arrandale ». Several possible reasons for this choice. The SU9400 (1.4GHz) and SU9600 (1.6 GHz) have a TDP of only 10 watts and occupy only 22 x 22 mm ² on the motherboard (in red). The GeForce 320M (12 to 14 watts) is not very large, with 25 x 25 mm ² (orange). Both chips offer a good compromise between computing power, 3D performance and heat dissipation.

The Core 2 Duo mounted on the MacBook Air 11.6-inch are 45 nm. Their 410 million transistors on 107 mm ² divided the two nuclei and 3 MB of cache. To reduce their consumption, are content with a voltage of about 1 volt and lower 800 MHz FSB. For height, the processor is soldered to the motherboard.

The GeForce 320M is the descendant of the GeForce 9400M. But unlike the latter, is a chip designed by Nvidia exclusively for Apple. He found himself in almost the entire range 2010 Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch MacBook Air 11.6 and 13.3-inch MacBook « Unibody » and Mac Mini. The GeForce 320M performs all the functions of a northbridge with « IGP » and a southbridge. There are so many features like a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, a PCI-Express, six SATA ports, 12 USB 2.0 ports, HD audio, etc.. The graphic part of the drift and GT216 has 48 stream processors (32 according to GPU-Z), the same as the GeForce GT 330M! For comparison, the GeForce 9400M has only 16 stream processors. The MacBook Air , the heart of the GeForce 320M running at 450 MHz and 1100 MHz stream processors run at 256 MB perforates into 2 or 4 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz, the power of the machine. The 320 is by far the most powerful integrated GeForce graphics chip market.

In addition, to reduce the weight and thickness, we find that the memory (in yellow) is soldered onto the motherboard. To take advantage of 4GB of memory, you should keep the option at time of purchase (90 €). So there is no possibility to upgrade …

The SSD is also very precise. Before other manufacturers such as Intel (SSD 310), Apple has reduced the SSD to its PCB without a case. Format « lame », uses a mSATA connector, but a classic 3 Gbps SATA interface. Lies just above the memory chip, saving space and the thickness is evident.

More space for the battery

Reduce the motherboard and use a DSS blades are any benefits to the space allocated for the battery. The MacBook Air 11.6-inch Apple 12 Battery and sailed 35 Wh battery is almost as much as the first 13-inch MacBook Air. Apple has recently revised its valuation of autonomy announces 5 hours of battery life. In practical tests, we almost always exceeded 5 hours without any conditions. Activity, but without the active wifi, that is in play mode, power consumption can be reduced to only 3.6 watts, but is not representative. However, with a maximum load as in a game, increased to over 25 watts! The theoretical range is between 1 hour and 9 ¼ ¾ hours. In practice, we can count on 5-6 hours of sailing. Note that autonomy in navigation can be significantly reduced at sites with lots of Flash animations. Flash is not installed by default too!

The 45 Watt MagSafe Power now uses exactly the same connector as the MacBook Pro has not been done before, and this standardization is useful. Recharge a MacBook Air with the adapter (most powerful) MacBook Pro LED integrated in the connector displays the type of activity: green and orange in charge responsible.

Limited connectivity

MacBooks are known for their links reduced. In the case of the MacBook Air, is the bare minimum: a USB 2.0 port on each side, one Mini DisplayPort, a combined jack / O and … nothing more. Yet it is easy to remedy this lack of connectivity. In fact, there are mice and printers, Bluetooth and wireless. Otherwise, some routers and also « box » can run a printer, the USB port. With regard to external storage, can pass through Wireless-N (300 Mbps in practice 20 MB / s) to a NAS or USB connected to the router. Finally, by shining through a USB cable, it is more convenient to use a USB hub to connect a mouse, printer, scanner, external hard drive and some have only one connection to the cabinet. Finally, if you need an arsenal of devices outside most of the time, an ultraportable is certainly not the right machine.

Missing, however, MacBook Air interface at high speed. Even gigabit Ethernet (100 Mb / s) is absent and the USB / Ethernet is obviously limited by the USB … Handy little detail, and Apple OS X applications on a USB key and not on DVD as old MacBook Air.

Approval to use

Many factors make the MacBook Air a pleasure to use. It weighs only 1 kg, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air in his name. It is located on the legs or transported during the day, is very light! In use, the « full size » keyboard and the large glass trackpad are measured at fair value. The MacBook Air is not working on a machine so compact. The 11.6-inch display LP116WH4 (LG Philips) is very bright (300 cd / m²) and produces a good black (0.6 cd / m²). Less exciting than the MacBook Pro, suffers from low angles, but it can be used outdoors because of its low reflectivity. The move to 16/9 against 16/10 on Apple laptops is not the most pleasant. Unless the Dock is positioned on one side or hidden automatically, loss of height is significantly affected.

This also leads to a realization: the MacBook Air 11.6-inch wide. With 299.5 x 192 mm, is only 25.5 millimeters thinner than the MacBook Air 13.3-inch (325 x 227 mm) With the other hand, is less deep than 35 mm because of its 16/9 . So, looking at the keyboard better, we realize that no concession was made on the standard keys, but the function keys are now very superficial.

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air (like his older brother in the 2010 version) have lost the backlight and keyboard light sensor. The power button is now part of the keyboard. Thus, the role of function keys is modified and is not particularly practical. The location of the keys being cut from the unibody and the keyboard is screwed to the latter, it has not suffered « flex ».

With SSD, the MacBook Air APPLE Laptop Battery is very reactive and low power core 2 Duo does not really feel in everyday use. The fan is not audible at 2000 rpm is certainly not tend to climb the towers. Nobody will complain even more than this little heater MacBook in the office. After 20 minutes of Youtube video in 1080p, Core 2 Duo and GeForce are 320m at 60 ° C and the bottom of the MacBook Air at 36 ° C, but the fan stays at 2000 rpm. Watch videos from Youtube 1080p requires « just over 20% of the resources of the Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz have been playing absolutely fluid in full screen. Step in assessing the presence of stereo speakers on the 2010 models (the first, the MacBook Air was mono cable)! Moreover, given the size of the machine, to restore its « excellent » and no shortage of fishing … The webcam does deserve praise. Gives a nice picture of good lighting conditions, but degrades rapidly with decreasing luminosity.


It is tempting to compare the Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz Atom N currents similar frequency in netbooks. Applications for individual asset, the Core 2 Duo is plus or minus two (CPU Mark) to more than three (Cinebench 9.5) times more efficient than a 1.66 GHz Atom is not surprising that for the heaviest tasks such as transcoding video or 3D rendering, Core 2 Duo is faster than 2.5 x 4x … Of course, this show gives the impression of breaking open doors, but at least the size of the orders are fixed. Faced with a Core i3-330M at 2.13 GHz as the Acer Timeline 4820TG, the Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz (frequency less than 25%) of the MacBook Air is 30% less efficient in the single task and 40 to 50% slower at multitasking.

Timeline X 4820 TG : Core i3-330 2,13 GHz | Radeon HD 5650 1 Go | 4 Go

MacBook Pro 2011 : Core i7-2720QM 2,2 GHz | Radeon HD 6750 1 Go | 4 Go

MacBook Pro 2010 : Core i5-540M 2,53 GHz | GeForce 330m GT 256 Mo | 4 Go

MacBook Air 2010 11,6″ : Core 2 Duo 1,6 GHz | GeForce 320m 256 Mo partagés | 4 Go

Samsung N510 : Atom N270 1,60 GHz | ION | 2 Go

Samsung N220 : Atom N450 1,60 GHz | GMA 3150 |1 Go

Lenovo Thinkpad T61 : Core 2 Duo T7300 2,0 GHz | Quadro NVS 140m | 2 Go

3D side, the GeForce 320M offers performance comparable to the Radeon HD 5470 in many laptops 14 and 15 inches in 2010. Power is more than adequate for a car of this size. With its 48 stream processors, the GeForce 320M is the classic scene of IGP, especially netbooks. Because of their limited capabilities in 3D, we tried netbook with 3D Mark 2003. According to the fifth, the GeForce is 6.5 x 320m to 21x faster than the GMA 950 GeForce … The 320 is a performance of 2.4 to 3x higher ION Samsung N510. In practice, the games work fine with the GeForce 320M, but had to settle for the lowest settings on new games. Out of curiosity, we tried Oblivion that works great in HD with all options (including HDR and AA). While the game is not new, but seeing the run on a small laptop is pretty impressive. Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas will as well with many options. Heavy titles like Crysis Warhead or STALKER: Call of Pripyat is the minimum with any look.

Tested the MacBook Air comes with an original Samsung SSD whose performance is excellent. Up to write 245 MB / s read and 190MB / s. It allows the MacBook Air will start in 14 seconds (from pressing the power button to desktop OS X). The Samsung SSD TRIM support NCQ, while this feature was missing Toshiba SSD. Help, of course, the response capacity of the machine without sound.


Cooling of the Core 2 Duo and GeForce 320M through a relatively large heat pipe that transfers heat from a radiator mini is located opposite a small fan. Despite the small size of the whole, the benefits are excellent. It is very rare to see top fan at 4500 rpm (games under Windows). Unlike most mini fans, not acute, but it hisses. When the fan runs at 4000 rpm in tasks that are relatively heavy, the temperature of Core 2 Duo and GeForce 320M to stabilize at about 80 ° C. The most annoying when heavy use is the temperature of the shell that eventually reaches about 40 ° C.


The MacBook Air Apple M6091 Battery is not ultimately shared a lot with netbooks, though its small size and weight (more than) content. It costs 2 to 4 times higher than that of a report and other netbooks are in terms of performance. Thank you to the SSD and the fan inaudible, the MacBook Air is a laptop that can be called from your computer to « 0 dB ». The interface is not left with a « full size » keyboard and a glass trackpad that have nothing to compete with a MacBook Pro (except for the backlight). Connected directly to the chassis, the keyboard does not have a « flex », but a laptop common default. Hull Unibody confers rigidity rarely a small car. You can take the MacBook Air, one of the most beautiful, it does not move. Autonomy later, you can expect 5-6 hours of browsing and office. Be careful with Flash sites that undermine autonomy. The USB 2.0 ports located on both sides of the MacBook Air is well positioned, but it still lacks a quick connector (USB 3.0, eSATA, or Gigabit Ethernet) for fast downloading. This is the very high price, but many consider the ultraportables have always been expensive. In 2003, the Thinkpad X31, an ultraportable 12-inch (1.6 GHz Centrino, 512 MB, 60 GB), at a cost of € 1,800.

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