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MSI Launches Hybrid SSD-HDD Netbook

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: MSI Launches Hybrid SSD-HDD Netbook Reply with quote

Now this looks very promising.
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While solid state drives are very well suited for netbooks from a power efficiency viewpoint, they pose problems when it comes to capacity (and performance, but that's another matter). In order to combat this issue, MSI has launched a new netbook with a hybrid approach to storage: it has a solid state drive for the operating system and applications, and a conventional hard drive for storage.

http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=newsdesc&news_no=710


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it does! I don't know what the price is, but I would have been very interested in this if I didn't already have an MSI Wind. But this one beats the Wind in a few places; notably the battery claim, big trackpad and speakers, and possibly the hybrid drive.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But this one beats the Wind in a few places; notably the battery claim, big trackpad and speakers, and possibly the hybrid drive.

It also has 802.11n. I could be wrong, but I think the original Winds were only 802.11g.

I wonder what the price will be? It looks and sounds like an awesome one.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct. Weee, the wireless card is better in this new model, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost sounds like it would be a perfect 1st netbook for Apple. Although that SSD at 8gb seems a bit small.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Almost sounds like it would be a perfect 1st netbook for Apple. Although that SSD at 8gb seems a bit small.

... speaking of which, there was a rumour on MacNN that Apple is indeed producing a netbook.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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... speaking of which, there was a rumour on MacNN that Apple is indeed producing a netbook.

It seems like they'll have to do something sooner or later. The popularity of netbooks is probably here to stay, and even more so in a struggling economy. Sometimes I wonder if Apple took a misstep with the MacBook Air. They probably would have been better off with a smaller, less expensive netbook with more functionality. Once they release a netbook, I can't imagine them selling a lot of the Air. I'm not even sure if it's doing well for them now. It seem like most of the hype for the MacBook Air has died down. Really about the same time netbooks to centerstage.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we're going to see more hybrid machines such as these. Eventually though the solid state machines will dominate, but I don't expect that to happen for another four or more years...

That said, I still find the overly large area around the screen an eye sore.

It smacks of penny pinching...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It seem like most of the hype for the MacBook Air has died down.


Was there really ever a lot of hype for the Air? Sure, a lot of people ooohed and ahhed when it was first released. But then when reality set in and people realized how limited its use is and how limited the upgrades are and factored in the high price, I don't think there ever was a lot of hype for it, except for maybe the niche user.
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