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Taiwanese company MSI has been putting out its Wind netbooks since the birth of the mini machines back in 2008. The Wind U160DX is an update of the excellent Wind U160, and we like this new machine's usability and portability, even if it lacks excitement. The original U160 stunned us with its excellent battery life and, while the U160DX can't quite compete with the Toshiba NB520-108 Packard Bell Dot SE, we were still pleased to get nearly eight hours of use away from the mains. The 1.2kg weight is extremely light, although the bulky battery is a pain when squeezing this machine into bags. We found the chassis to be sturdy, especially the solid lid which protects the screen during transport. While the plain black design does little to stand out, we liked the chunky brushed-aluminium hinge with the power button built into one edge. The display tilts back to a comfortable degree, although viewing angles are excellent so it hardly matters. We liked the bright screen, which lacks the sharpness of the Dell Inspiron Duo and Acer Aspire One 522, but is still satisfyingly vibrant. However, as with many other netbooks, the glossy Super-TFT coating means you'll be squinting to see when outside.Usability is also impressive, thanks to a firm isolation-style keyboard.
Looking for a netbook that doesn't look like the rest? The MSI Wind U160DX may be the answer, a 10.1 inch netbook, winner of the iF Product Design Award 2010 for its slimline, compact format. The U160DX may be made entirely of plastic, but it is nevertheless a well-finished product. Everything is well positioned and it feels sturdy overall. The general look of the machine is nice and elegant. Note that the glossy coating does pick up finger marks easily. The keyboard has separated keys and takes up almost all the width of the netbook. It is moreover very similar to that used on the Asus Eee PC 10.1 inch models (1015PE, 1018P, 1015PEM and so on). Keying is supple, quiet and instinctive. Overall, the keys are a good size (14 x 13 mm) considering the space available. It's only Ctrl and Shift you'll have any problem with, as they have been cut down slightly. The touchpad isn't multi-touch and there are no scroll bars to facilitate navigation on pages of text, the internet and so on. The 1024 x 600 pixel resolution doesn't allow you to display a full internet page and you do lose a certain amount of time dragging the cursor to the side of the screen. This can become annoying.
MSI says its Wind U160DX netbook 'redefines the speed of light' and that it is 'chic and unique and simply irresistible'.Our test sample featured a coffee brown exterior with a plush pale gold interior and this contrasts with the black chiclet keyboard. The design works very well together and makes the Wind a real gem in a market saturated with similar looking, netbooks. In terms of dimensions the MSI is identical to other netbooks though the machine's battery sticks out like a sore thumb. On closer inspection however this design element serves to elevate the machine and thus the keyboard. This makes the MSI great to work on when placed on a flat surface. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for when you've got the netbook in your lap.Travel is this netbook's specialty; it measures less than 1-inch thick and weighs just 1kg, so it isn't a bother to slip into a travel bag or to lug around. The MSI's battery is also fairly resilient, as heavy use saw the netbook lasting for two hours and 59 minutes before giving up the ghost. An illuminated button on the right hinge powers on the netbook and on first boot, you get your first taste of the LED backlit 10-inch display.