updated 07:45 am EDT, Thu May 14, 2009
MSI X-Slim X400 X600 Tease
MSI this morning claimed a further foothold in ultraportable PCs by providing early details of two larger X-Slim notebooks. The 14-inch X400 and 15-inch X600 are meant to improve not only on the 13-inch X340 but to offer a still-larger alternative to systems like the MacBook Air; despite their sizes, both are less than an inch thick and weigh far less than other systems in their class at 3.3 pounds for the X400 and 4.6 pounds for the X600. Both also use Intel's Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors to provide better performance than a netbook but with less cost and battery use (as well as less performance) than the Core 2 Duo S used in Apple's system.
Few hard specifications have been published, but MSI promises 16:9 ratio, LED-backlit displays as well as graphics chipsets capable of driving Blu-ray playback (when attached to an external drive); while the X400 will use integrated GMA 4500 video, the X600 should use an unnamed dedicated graphics chipset. Battery options are also extending with an 8-cell option for the X400 and a 9-cell option for the X600.
More details are planned for later this spring and are likely to revolve around the Computex trade show in early June.