MSI has announced the launch of the X-Slim X400 ultra slim notebook, a netbook-like device that not only comes with better components but also with a much higher price tag.
The launch comes after the company presented the AMD-based X410 last week and shows clearly which one it prefers at the moment. This X400 has an ultra-low-voltage Intel processor, integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics chipset, a 14-inch 1366x768 pixel LED screen, 2GB RAM and a four-cell battery.
Add two USB ports, a HDMI port, Bluetooth and 802.11n, a webcam, a memory card reader, a free laptop carry case and a comprehensive two year warranty to the spec list as well.
The X400 is only 9mm at its thinnest edge and weighs a mere 1.5Kg which makes it a potential competitor to the Advent Altro which sells for the same price.
The more expensive version costs £569 and comes with an Intel SU3500 CPU running at 1.4GHz, an external optical drive and a 500GB hard disk drive. The cheaper version comes with a 320GB drive and a single Core SU2700 CPU.
Note that both laptops are either available in Piano black or Pearl white and are powered by Microsoft Windows Vista for the next couple of months (expect Windows 7 to come later).
Yet another boring laptop? Well depending on whether you actually care about the brand, this could be the case. The MSI model ticks all the right boxes but that's it, there's nothing particularly likable about it and the fact that it has four cells means that it will be short on battery life. We'd rather lose the optical drive and replace it with a bigger battery.