MSI U123 Netbook Features Face Recognition Logon, 802.11n, Atom N280 and Optional 3G Wireless and TV Tuner

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MSI Wind netbooks were a hot commodity last summer. In fact, I couldn’t find one to buy for myself and ended up buying an Asus Eee PC 1000H that turned out to be a very good choice for me. MSI’s netbook buzz factor has died down since then with the entry of numerous tier 1 and 2 manufacturers as well as major model updates from netbook leaders Asus and Acer. So, I was about to ignore the announcement of the…

MSI Wind U123 Series

…until I started looking at its specs. Many of the specs are simply me-too ones such as…

– 10-inch LCD display
– Atom N280 processor
– 160GB hard drive (there appears to be options for 80 and 120GB HDs too)
– 3 or 6 cell battery configuration options

Then I noticed a few slightly less usual items as well as one I can’t recall seeing on other netbooks before…

– 802.11n WiFi. My Asus Eee PC 1000H supports 11n. But, the newer 1000HA does not. This is not often found on many netbook models I’ve looked at. Bluetooth is an option for some reason. It would have been nice to include it as a standard feature
– HSDPA 3G wireless data on the U123H model
– Integrated television tuner on the U123T model
– Face recognition for logon and auto-locking. This is the feature I don’t recall seeing on any other netbook

Suggested retail prices were not provided in MSI’s press release.