MSI Wind U130 WiMax netbook MSI has announced two netbooks certified by the WiMax Forum and with 3.5G mobile broadband modules at their core. The MSI Wind U130 and U135 netbooks will go onsale in the UK in January.

Both models are 10in widescreen Windows 7 Starter Edition netbooks with an embedded 1.3Mp webcam and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The 160GB MSI Wind U130 will cost £229 while the 250GB U135 model will be £279 inc VAT. 

As well as their 3.G WiMax modules, the two netbooks distinguish themselves from the herd with a slightly sleeker, curvier profile than some models, and by the inclusion of an MSI power consumption-limiting technology that sees them draw only 5.5 Watts.

Netbooks see no sign of diminishing in popularity. Low cost, portability, lengthy battery life and the range of basic but essential computing tasks they enable is clearly a winning formula. Some manufacturers have sought to up the ante on the specs front - adding a few extra pounds Sterling to the asking price - but the tried and trusted Intel Atom with 160GB hard disk and a no-frills version of Windows at the core is still the norm.

With its latest models, the Wind U130 and Wind U135, MSI has refined the basics while keeping the cost around the £200-£250 mark. The 10in display is a 1024x600-pixel LED-backlit widescreen affair, while the U135 model has a chiclet keyboard as an optional alternative to the standard raised plastic keys of the standard version.

Both will be onsale in January direct from MSI. They weigh 1.2kg including the standard 3-cell battery and will be offered in a choice of four colours including black and red.

MSI Wind U130 WiMax netbook