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MSI U123

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews of MSI U123. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the price and usability are generally positive. The portability and battery are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency. There are some less positive opinions about the touchpad and durability.

performance, battery, portability, usability, price

durability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the MSI U123 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Lauren Barnard (

MSI Wind U123 review


Both run Windows XP Home Edition, and both carry 1GB of RAM, a webcam and mic, and in essence everything else, except the MSI Wind U123 features a bulbous nine-cell battery and the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N280 processor (versus the U100's N270 CPU). In...

In the end, the MSI Wind U123 will receive compliments on its sleek looks from coffee-shop hipsters. After all, the U123's exterior is eye-catching - even sexy, considering the glossy deep-blue finish of our review model. Look a little closer, however,...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Techworld (

MSI Wind U123 netbook


In the end, the MSI Wind U123 will receive compliments on its sleek looks from coffee-shop hipsters. After all, the U123's exterior is eye-catching - even sexy, considering the glossy deep-blue finish of our review model. Look a little closer, however,...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

MSI Wind U123T netbook


MSI's Wind U123T is the perfect netbook for the TV junkie

Relatively cool and quiet during use, good touchpad, integrated digital TV tuner, face recognition login

Small comma, period and slash keys; no manual switch for wireless radios; poor balance; short battery life

The MSI Wind U123T is a fine netbook for travellers, students and TV junkies. It ships with a digital TV tuner that lets you record programs onto the netbook and then watch them while on the road. It's also useful for typing documents, viewing photos...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Lauren Barnard (

MSI MSI Wind U123-003US


It's been a year since the Wind U100, the "big" sibling to the MSI Wind U123, came out--and the similarities between the two netbooks are eerie. Both run Windows XP Home Edition, and both carry 1GB of RAM, a Webcam and mic, and essentially everything...

Good battery life ; Nice design

Slightly cramped keyboard ; Obnoxious mouse buttons

MSI's second Wind (netbook, that is) gives more of the same: Decent performance, value and a hackable Mac OS X box.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

MSI Wind U123 (003US)


The Wind U123 boasts the biggest battery in a netbook, but everything else is just middle of the road.

Long, long battery life. Comfortable mouse buttons.

Huge battery is unsightly. Design is boring. Features lack differentiation. Performance scores should've been much better.

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Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Nathan Edwards (

MSI Wind U123


MSI's latest venture into the netbook market offers slightly faster performance than the rest of the netbooks we've tested with much longer battery life to boot, but the nine-cell battery that makes that possible sends the MSI Wind U123 into the...

Fastest, longest-lasting netbook we've yet tested; bright screen; comfortable keyboard

Battery adds bulk; Function & Ctrl keys reversed; upgrading could be easier

If you don't mind a bit of junk in the trunk, the Wind U123's nine-cell battery will fast win you over

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Niel (

Review of MSI Wind U123


When MSI released the U120, we didn't expect there would be an upgraded version but here it is, the MSI Wind U123. The most important upgrade in the U123 is the Intel Atom N280 CPU. This netbook can now also …

The MSI Wind U123 is the updated version of MSI’s U120 with a better processor and longer battery life. Priced at $379, this netbook gets a must-buy from us.

Sep, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

MSI Wind U123


Though most of the MSI Wind U123's specs follow the standard netbook formula, its incredible battery life makes it a standout.

Superb battery life; comfortable keyboard; supports 802.11n wireless networking; stylish case design; inexpensive

Small touch pad; loud, stiff touch-pad buttons

Other than its mediocre touch pad with its stiff buttons, the Wind U123 doesn't have any major flaws. And while few of its features are real standouts, its amazing battery life makes all the difference in today's crowded netbook/ultramobile market....

May, 2009

Consumer review (

Very nice unit


Really nice unit with insane battery life thanks to the huge 9 cell included. Also was able to successfully run a dual boot Windows XP / OSX install on this. System also allows for upgrading to 2 GB of RAM, which I did and I also replaced the 5400 RPM...


Mar, 2011

Consumer review (

Excelent NetBok


I am a quadriplegic on a ventilator. I can't talk so I purchased this NetBok to have with me at all times and with a speech program it talks for me. It has performed flawlessly and exceded all my expectations. The battery life has proven to be over 10...

Jul, 2010

Product Specifications

U123 has selected a 10" wide LCD display as oppose to the typical smaller sizes to provide better comfort while viewing or reading. In addition, the 1024 x 600 resolution can relief concerns of the full display of WebPages while browsing, giving you the freedom when exploring the Internet. U123 is embedded with the LED power-saving backlight technology in providing better color fullness and brightness to elevate the total quality of imagery. Furthermore, the lower usage of power can offer a longer operating time. MSI has the same persistence on proper ergonomically design even on the keyboards of MSI smaller notebook computers. The keyboard of U123 not only has great texture, it also increases the space between the keys to 17.5mm, allowing you to be as comfortable as you can. Furthermore, with the ingeniously designed spacebar and touchpad, your fingers can move smoothly to avoid strain. U123 offers a complete entertainment interface, which includes the 4-in-1 card reader, so it is compatible to most of the mainstream memory cards, making it easy to upload digital files into the notebook computer. Moreover, U123 focuses on the common products in the market to make your life easier, therefore you may connect your peripherals such as PDAs, digital cameras, digital video cameras, digital MP3 players, Global GPS systems.


Audio system:HD Audio
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 6
Technology:Lithium Ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Colour of product:Black / Blue / Grey / Red / White
Product colour:Black / Blue / Grey / Red / White
Product Type:Netbook

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:5:3
Display diagonal:25.4
Display Resolution:1024 x 600

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:10in
Diagonal Size (metric):25.4cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 600
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:MSI Wind

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:667MHz


Internal Memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:533




Type: None


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking features:Fast Ethernet, WLAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Edition:Windows XP Home Edition
Family:Windows XP
Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Other features

Audio system:HD Audio
Graphics adapter:GMA 950
Wireless Technology:802.11b/g / 802.11b/g or 802.11b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:20
AC adapter power:40
Power Supply:40


Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:47
Processing Die size:26
Processor cache:0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville
Processor Cores:1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.66
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:45
Processor Model:N280
Processor Number:N280
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64: No
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Processor code:SLGL9
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty


Bundled software:Adobe Reader 9.1, Burn Recovery, Win Rar, Easy Face, Windows Live v3.0 / Adobe Reader 9.1, Burn Recovery, Win Rar, Easy Face, Windows Live v3.0\n
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system installed:Windows XP Home Edition
Trial software:Norton, Office / Office, Norton


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, xD
Hard Drive Capacity:160
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
HDD Capacity:160
HDD interface:Serial ATA
HDD Size:2.5

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB
Notebook Type:Netbook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950

Weight & Dimensions

Height :1.98 / 3.3
Width:2.66 / 26