The MSI Wind U160 is one of the prettiest netbooks and we particularly liked the ‘Fancy Gold’ colour scheme. The unit itself is slim, light and has a formidable battery life to last you throughout a very long working day … if that is your calling.
Performance is obviously rather weak, but this is what we always expect with a low powered Atom processor and as such if you keep within the expected parameters – surfing the net, checking email, and general office duties, it never fails to deliver. The screen size is best suited for this environment also, because if you try to edit photos, the limited real estate rears its ugly head. The noise levels are also a little higher than we would have liked, but only when you push it with HD content.
When we compare it against the last generation U135, it is a much prettier looking machine with slightly improved components and we feel it is a worthy upgrade due to the massively enhanced appearance and design ethos.
The biggest competition we feel actually comes from MSI’s own range, the U200 in particular, which is retailing for only £50 more at time of press. This has a faster processor, bigger screen and double the memory while incorporating a faster hard drive for overall system response gains.
KitGuru says: We can recommend the Wind U160, it is very well built, has a battery life which exceeds 10 hours and most importantly it won’t break your back carrying it around. If you want something that looks a little nicer than the netbooks normally associated in this price bracket then you would be well advised to shortlist the U160.