The MSI Wind U100 is currently one of the best netbooks available, being very popular due to it’s great specifications, design and reasonable price. MSI is expanding it’s Wind line up of netbooks with the Wind U115, U110 and U120.
The MSI Wind U115 has a new feature which MSI call “Hybrid storage” which features both a SSD (solid state disk) and a standard hard disk drive. The SSD will be used to store the operating system and other files, while the standard larger HDD can be used for bulk storage. SSD drive are more durable, as they have no moving parts, and can be faster, as well as using less power. I’m sure the other HDD will also power down after some time, when files aren’t being access.
This approach, can improve system performance, and durability, while also proving plenty or storage space. The MSI Wind U115 will feature a 10-inch 1024×600 pixel (LED backlit) LCD display, use a more energy efficient Intel Atom Z530 CPU (1.6HGz), 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 4-in-1 card reader, and 1-2GB of RAM.
The hybrid storage of the Wind U115 will be available in the following combinations, 8GB SSD & 80GB HDD / 16GB SSD & 120GB HDD, and finally a 32GB SSD and 160GB HDD. The MSI Wind 115 will have a 6-cell battery, and a 1.3 / 2 megapixel webcam.
Update: Some people have got their hands on the the MSI Wind U115, and are reporting that the battery life ranges from 5.5 hours all the way to 15 hours, based on various levels of continuous usage. This great battery life is partly due to the MSI Wind U115’s hybrid storage system (normal HDD and SSD HDD), which allows the U115 to run off of the SSD and power down the HDD when it’s not in use. The 8GB SSD can also be upgraded to larger capacity.