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MSI Debuts Wind U160DX Netbook

Taiwanese manufacturer MSI is set to launch the successor of the popular Wind U160 netbook, the U160DX, which will come with the new Intel N455 processor clocked at 1.66GHz.

The netbook will come with up to 2GB RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, a 10-inch WSVGA LED monitor capable of showing 1024x600 pixels and includes a nifty Turbo Drive Engine feature that can overclock the CPU by roughly five per cent.

The rest of the configuration is fairly standard; 802.11 BGN Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1.3-megapixel webcam, VGA ports, three USB ports, Ethernet and a 2-in-1 card reader.

MSI says that it will also feature an optional embedded 3.5G broadband module and claims that the netbook will be 10 per cent faster than the previous geenration and consume 15 per cent less power overall, pushing the battery life up to 15 hours on a single charge.

At 1Kg with a 3-cell battery, the U160DX does not come with any unique selling points per se. The netbook will come with Windows 7 Starter and there are no pricing details or expected shipping time.

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