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The MSI U270 looks and feels like a netbook, but its sharp screen and graphically capable processor push it more into the realm of an ultraportable laptop. It's best suited to regular travellers who need a basic machine for running simple office applications. An AMD processor runs the show, and it's the same model as found in the HP Pavilion DM1-3100sa. First impressions were bad as it scored a similarly low score in our benchmarking tests, and was thoroughly beaten by the Intel-powered machines. While you can comfortably browse the web and run basic office applications, the U270 does drag when you try to do things in parallel. We were pleasantly surprised when we ran the graphical tests. In a massive turnaround, the U270 scored well, narrowly edging out the HP, and we found that photo-editing software ran acceptably. However, some of our high-definition (HD) films actually stuttered quite badly during play. Tech LabsBattery Eater '05: 162Cinebench: 22063DMark 2006: 5805Also bear in mind that, like the HP, there is no built-in DVD drive. If you want to install software from discs or watch DVD movies, you'll need an external drive that connects up via USB. While the 11.6-inch screen may be a little small for fully enjoying movies, it's still a colourful and well-designed panel.
We've got a feeling that netbooks are on the way out. These diminutive little laptops may soon be replaced by sultry, sleek tablets such as the iPad 2, or even hybrid Android slates with attachable keyboards such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.But as long as netbooks are kicking around, we'll keep reviewing 'em, and this one's a corker -- the MSI U270, an 11.6-inch netbook that can be yours for about £360. It's pricier than many of its breed, but it packs a dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. A 12.1-inch model is also available. Visually, the U270 looks exactly like... a netbook. There's not a great deal of visual flair exhibited here -- a dotted pattern over the lid and wrist rest slightly jazzes up the proceedings, but this isn't the most ostentatious little machine we've ever set eyes on.It might not be flashy on the lid-side, but the design is certainly practical on the interior -- the keyboard is sensibly spaced out, with a generous gap left between each key, to cut down on mistakes while typing. The keyboard generally is impressive, and because it feels sturdy, you'll be able to really hammer out missives at speed. Our only gripe is that the Enter key is rather small -- you might find your pinky finger missing its mark occasionally.
MSI is launching a new netbook. For this 11.6 inch (1366 x 768 pixels), the manufacturer hasn't gone for the usual Intel Atom and graphics chipset but rather the AMD Brazos APU. Note also that USB 3.0 has also been included, a very unusual addition on netbooks. While the finish on MSI products can be touch and go, here the designers seem to have applied themselves well. The plastic shell is sturdy and there's no play between the different parts. The keyboard does still have a slight tendency to give when you press on it however. The separated, or chiclet style, keys are nice to use overall. Keying is quiet and instinctive but once again, there is something of a fly in the ointment. The Enter and Shift buttons would have merited being slightly bigger, even if, of course, compromises are bound to be called for on a machine this size. We weren't so impressed with the touchpad. While the coating is fine in terms of the glide, it's too small for comfortable usage, even on an 11.6 inch netbook. This is especially so as the screen has a resolution of 1366 x 766 pixels compared to the 1024 x 600 pixels to be found on more standard 10.1 inch models.