TechSpot: MSI X-Slim X340 Notebook Review

In the world of notebooks, Apple is an indisputable trend setter. Case in point, the 13-inch Averatec N3400 that we recently reviewed had an aluminum outer shell, while the Acer Timeline 4810T used island-style keys like those found on MacBooks. Not surprisingly, however, those two laptops are considerably less expensive than anything on Apple's product line.

Today we'll be taking a look at the X-Slim X340, a very slim notebook from MSI that's been labeled by many as the budget alternative to the MacBook Air. Currently selling for $600, MSI hopes to lure potential buyers with its svelte design and extended battery life.

The MSI X340 weighs in at only 3.2 pounds with the included 8-cell battery and is powered by Intel's Core 2 Solo SU3500 CULV processor operating at 1.4GHz. It comes equipped with 2GB of DDR2 -- its maximum supported capacity -- a 320GB SATA hard drive, 13.4" LCD display sporting a 1366 x 768 resolution, Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, and 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity.

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Battery life and weight are the main reasons I purchased the Xs Thinkpad model (X60s). It's good to see other brands coming out with more 12-13" laptops that weight around 3 lbs and drop their prices below 1k USD.

How is Apple a "trend setter" for laptops? Their designs are ones you long for a few days and then get bored of them within a week. If everyone in a room owned a Macbook, the room would be a dull boring grey with a hint of white. I think Dell, HP and Asus are the real trend setters for laptops with their colourful designs and unique looks. But then again, it all comes down to the individual.

MSI do really have nice looking Netbooks/Notebooks and often have excellent battery life as well as good build quality, particularly the keyboards which are solid.

To each his own....
Apparently taht is your own opinion. I own Dell laptop and MacBook Pro 13', and wouldnt switch my macbook pro for anything. It's a great laptop. Excellent battery life, great sturdy build but light.

I just dont get it why people have to talk so much trash..... Is it envy?

I like the Dell laptop too, but if I have to choose I'll go with the macbook.

About the article... It's seems like an OK laptop, but I dont like the core solo....

Dont mac users get bored of the same laptop design they got to use the whole time??? My last laptop was 4 years ago, a stylish sony viao. now i have a dell studio xps....

still1 said,
Dont mac users get bored of the same laptop design they got to use the whole time??? My last laptop was 4 years ago, a stylish sony viao. now i have a dell studio xps....


What you are looking for is a key factor. If I need a powerful portable system I would definitely not invest on a Mac. However, Macs are not easily that bored considering the amount of money you would have spent for it. Nice design but too 'common' nowadays I think.

still1 said,
Dont mac users get bored of the same laptop design they got to use the whole time??? My last laptop was 4 years ago, a stylish sony viao. now i have a dell studio xps....


What you are looking for is a key factor. If I need a powerful portable system I would definitely not invest on a Mac. However, Macs are not easily that boring considering the amount of money you would have spent for it. Nice design but too 'common' nowadays I think.

Why would I get bored. It's a clean, simple and efficient design. Personally, I dont like all the extra multimedia buttons and lights that PC laptops have, and then ... some people do, other wise they wont make them they way they do.
I guess it comes down to personal preference.
That is how I build my Gaming PC too, I used a Lian Li tower case which is simple, light and sturdy, without any additional gimmicks..

Euphoria said,
To each his own....
Apparently taht is your own opinion. I own Dell laptop and MacBook Pro 13', and wouldnt switch my macbook pro for anything. It's a great laptop. Excellent battery life, great sturdy build but light.

I just dont get it why people have to talk so much trash..... Is it envy?

I like the Dell laptop too, but if I have to choose I'll go with the macbook.

About the article... It's seems like an OK laptop, but I dont like the core solo....

I think it's envy. I wonder people who bash Apple's designs have no taste.

I'd be more interested in a dual core Atom 330 than a core solo, you'll make a small trade off with single threaded apps but I still think it would be worth it.

ZX2 said,
Hi, you must be new.

Hi, I'm not. I'm sorry that I inconvenienced you in some way with my question. It seemed to be a rather simple question to me, but seeing as it couldn't be answered, it must have been rather more complicated than I thought it to be.

M_Lyons10 said,
Never heard of MSI... Are they any good? It's definitely nice looking...

MSI has made quality components for quite some time. Mostly motherboards and video cards. I've owned 2 of their MBs (including the one I'm running now) and a vid card. Never had a problem with them.

M_Lyons10 said,
Never heard of MSI... Are they any good? It's definitely nice looking...

Micro Star International are pro, i've had a mobo and gfx card of theirs and they have always been reliable and fast!

M_Lyons10 said,
Hi, I'm not. I'm sorry that I inconvenienced you in some way with my question. It seemed to be a rather simple question to me, but seeing as it couldn't be answered, it must have been rather more complicated than I thought it to be.

don't be such a ********

"Now everybody trying to copy mac. Example: Envy, and now this"

Lol.

Hope MacBook air were this efficient x economical.

Anyways, it really impress me the hard drive capacity.

Jose_49 said,
"Now everybody trying to copy mac. Example: Envy, and now this"

Obviously Apple was the first to come out with the chiclet keyboard style (*cough* Sony *cough*).

Design wise it looks very nice. Good resolution, and 2048MB of ram, which is a bit better than the aspires 1gig on board and the hellish installation of 512mb to max 1.5gigs. But for 59$ people with Acers can get a 12 cell battery. I've never really minded MSI products, they've made some very nice motherboards in the past and have been successfull with some of their laptops, and this laptop vs an Acer might be able to compete. 600$ is a decent price for 320g, 2g memory, but I would rather the Atom processor over this one; ups and downs. Although im comparing this mostly to an Aspire One, the acer retails for approx 279 whereas this one retails ~600$. It does seem a tad expensive, I would buy this laptop at about 500$.

I went with the HP Pavilion dm3 instead. 4 Gigs of RAM, 320GB 7200RPM HDD, AMD Athlon Neo X2 and ATI Radeon HD3200 for a 13" isn't bad, especially at $640 (That was the price I paid by ordering through my employer tho..)

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