We've seen our fair share of MSI's Wind netbooks, but they tend to fall a little short due to the lack of power provided by the Intel Atom processors within.
Fortunately for those wanting a little more from a Wind-size machine, the Taiwanese manufacturer looks set to deliver in the form of the Wind12 U200.
The system, pictured above, does away with the paltry Atom innards we've become accustomed to and instead opts for Intel's CULV platform - consisting of a 1.4GHz ultra-low-voltage Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor and Intel's GS45 chipset, complete with integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics.
Given the change, MSI isn't referring to this one as a netbook at all - no sir, it's a full-on notebook, and the 12.1in "Glittering Crystal Frameless" display offers a very useful 1,366x768 HD resolution. Despite the changes, the system measures just 297mm x 190mm x 31mm and weighs roughly 1.4kg, ensuring it remains a true ultra portable.
Rounding off the spec, users will find up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 320GB of storage, Wireless N connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, a multi-card reader, a built-in webcam, three USB ports, HDMI out and Microsoft's Windows Vista Home Premium operating system. There's also a choice of three-cell, six-cell and nine-cell batteries.
Speaking of battery life, MSI reckons the six-cell unit will achieve around 6.5 hours of use from a single charge. That's on the "ECO Turbo Battery" mode, mind you, but the figures aren't bad.
MSI isn't divulging details on availability or pricing, but recent listings have suggested the Wind12 U200 will appear in Europe later this month priced at around €499.