MSI Announces X-Slim Date, Pricing

MSI today reveals price and specifications for X-Slim notebook, costing up to $1,000.

We’ve been eyeing the MSI X-Slim notebook since we first saw the sleek, MacBook Air-like form at CES early this year. Now nearly four months later, MSI announces the pricing and the specifications for two X-Slim models.

The X-340 will top the line for now and be one of the first notebooks to use one of Intel’s upcoming CULV chips, specifically the SU3500. It’ll sit on an Intel GS45 + ICH9M-SFF supporting up to 4 GB RAM and have GMA 4500MHD graphics. A 320 GB HDD will provide the storage. Video out options will include both VGA and HDMI out.

The X-320 is a good bit more modest with an Atom Z530 1.6 GHz processor on the Intel US15W chipset and GMA500 graphics. It’ll top out at 2 GB RAM and it comes with a 250 GB HDD. What it does have that its big brother doesn’t is support for 3G/WiMax for mobile broadband.

Both models will come with a 13.4-inch 1366 x 768 display, which is amusingly termed as of the “Glare” variety in MSI’s documentation. Both also have the usual 1.3 MP webcam, Bluetooth, three USB ports, SD card reader and the choice to come dressed in black, white or silver.

Of course, the draw to both these models are their form, measuring 8.8-inches (L) x 12.9-inches (W) x 0.7-inches (H). The X-Slims will weigh 2.8 lbs with the standard 4-cell battery, and an undisclosed amount more with the optional 8-cell.

MSI says that the X-340 will be priced at under $1,000 while the X-320 will start at $700. While the price bump could be significant in terms of ratio, we’re already leaning towards the X-340. Look for both this May.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • vaskodogama
    in looks and power, Apple's Air is far more great, but in price, this is FAARR more great! :D
  • me_from_sa
    why did they not put in the SU9600 rather than the SU3500? The SU3500 is single core, runs @1.4GHz with 3MB Cache (and 5.5W), while the SU9600 is dual core, runs @1.6GHz with 3MB Cache (and 10W), they are also both at 800MHz FSB. The Intel prices are: $289 and $262 for the SU9600 and SU3500. For the $27 difference I hope they offer the SU9600 as an upgrade option on the X-340 (for another $40?). I would be happy to give up a little battery performance to have the extra core and extra 200MHz clock, what do you guys think?
  • Pei-chen
    Looks like Air.
  • 1- The price is just outrageous for an Atom processor
    2- as far as I know 13,4" screens are laptops, not netbooks! I have a Sony vaio 13,3" and it's definitely a laptop!
    It comes with resolutions of 1280x800.
    I'm a bit dissapointed the so called "netbook" would have such a large screen and still have such a low resolution. At 13" I'd expected 1280x800 or more!
    If they manufactured 1366x768 on a 9 or 10" screen, that would've been outstanding!
  • vaskodogama
    no, this is big slim netbook, not only a netbook.
    or we can call it Netlaptop!
    price is not great, but compared to Apple air, that can't do much more than a netbook, price is good!
    sorry for bad writing!
  • mlawson
    We have yet to receive one of these units, albeit we're the largest MSI house in the US... I will say that I don't like that they advertise the playback of 1080P when the resolution isn't even capable of 1080P. I suppose this may be different when sending the signal out HDMI. The only thing I can think of is that after hooking it up to a 1080P capable display, you can change the resolution, making the it un-viewable on the X340's display, but displaying on the other, then having to switch it back prior to disconnecting from the 1080P display.

    Also, it should be understood that aside from downloading 1080P content from the net, there is no way of playing back ANY disc based media without the purchase of an external DVD/RW or Blu Ray.

    Just spoke with Mark, waiting to get an answer on the 1080P question.

    We've moved ~25,000 winds since November and hopefully we can do similar #'s with the X series.