MSI recently launched its new U115 Hybrid Netbook. Unlike MSI’s previous Wind models which run on HDD, the U115 can operate on both SSD and HDD at the same time (where it got its “hybrid” name). Though it operates on both storage mediums, this laptop is designed to take advantage of its SSD capabilities. It primarily uses the SSD as its main storage for OS and OS related applications while it reserves the HDD for secondary storage. The U115 has an Eco Mode button which can disconnect the HDD for power saving.
The new mechanism allows faster access time for the laptop’s operating system. Since SSDs usually consume lesser power, it also increases the laptop’s battery life.
MSI U115 Hybrid Notebook Specifications:
- 10-inch Display (1024 x 600 resolution)
- 1.60 GHz Intel Atom CPU
- 2GB DDR2 RAM
- 8 GB / 16GB / 32 GB SSD options
- 80 GB / 120 GB / 160 GB HDD options
- 2.0 Megapixel Built-in Web Camera
It seems that MSI has not upgraded its maximum storage capacity since the last release of its MSI Wind notebook. I’m still hoping they can find a way to fit a 320 GB HDD (similar to that of the Aspire 8930G) into this 10-inch notebook.