MSI has released its X-Slim ultraportable laptop - touted as a rival the MacBook Air - in the US on Tuesday.

The X-Slim 340 has a 13in screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio for HD content playback, runs Windows Vista Home Premium and comes uses a low-power Intel Core 2 Solo processor. Prior to the X-Slim 340's launch, MSI had said it would be powered by an Intel Atom microprocessor - the chip found in most netbooks.

The X-Slim 340 is one of the first laptops on the market to use one of Intel's Intel Core 2 Solo consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) chips.

A nice add-on for the X-Slim 340 is an optional external Blu-ray disc drive or DVD SuperMulti drive.


The laptops are aimed at the same portable space that netbooks have taken, but meant for people who want a larger screen and more processing power. They're also very thin, just 6mm at the thinnest point and 20mm at the thickest point, which is where several connectors can be found including USB, HDMI, headphone, microphone, D-Sub Video Out and LAN port.

By comparison, Apple's MacBook Air is 4mm thick at its thinnest point and 19mm at its thickest.

The X-Slim 340 comes with a four-cell battery (and eight-cell battery is available as an upgrade option). Using this, the battery should last for up to seven hours between charges.

Several wireless technologies are available on the devices, including Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth and WiMax modules can be added.

Pricing information for the X-Slim 340 was not available, although one website claims the UK price will be around £875.