10.1" MSI U115 Hybrid Netbook £258.24 @ Scan
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10.1" MSI U115 Hybrid Netbook £258.24 @ Scan

£258.24
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Found 29th Oct 2010
£250.25 + £7.99p&p

• Intel Atom Z530, 1.6GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB
• Intel Poulsbo U515W Chipset
• 1GB DDR2 RAM
• 8GB SSD + 160GB Hard Drive
• 10.1" Display with 1024x600 resolution
• Windows XP Home
• 6-cell 5200mAh Lithium Ion Battery
• 24 month warranty
• Laptop Sleeve


I saw this on Sunday and bought one for my brother. Seems very cheap as the next cheapest seems to be £336 from eXpansys UK.

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does this run on petrol ? why is it hybrid ?

24 month warranty too.

Original Poster

effingandjeffing

does this run on petrol ? why is it hybrid ?


It has a solid state hard drive (8gb) which it uses to boot the operating system (quicker, uses less power) and it also has a 160gb hard drive for additional storage.
Edited by: "refugee" 29th Oct 2010

Original Poster

SkilledNutter

24 month warranty too.



Forgot to mention that (first time I've started a thread). I'll add it to the original post.

Thanks

Looks good to me, 6 cell battery, Win XP, camera... it's all there.
I'd be curious to hear more about that 'hybrid' concept: Does this speed up the startup and general work a lot?

Original Poster

MarvinHC

Looks good to me, 6 cell battery, Win XP, camera... it's all there. I'd … Looks good to me, 6 cell battery, Win XP, camera... it's all there. I'd be curious to hear more about that 'hybrid' concept: Does this speed up the startup and general work a lot?



My brother only just got it, so he hasn't had a lot of time to work out how good it actually is. But the theory is that the OS will boot up faster, and the there will be a longer battery life whilst you are only using the solid state drive. Additionally if you install a program onto the solid state drive, it will also start faster and use less power.

From playing with it so far, he said it was very quick and responsive (although there are no programs on it yet so, it will be as fast as it is ever going to get). The mouse is apparently very sensitive (I told him he could adjust that using the control panel but he hasn't got round to it yet). When I last talked to him, he had been using it for around an hour and Windows was estimating another 8.5 hours of battery so he was very pleased with the battery life so far.

Just remembered, he said it had an LED screen (I don't see that mentioned on Scans site, so I'm taking his word for it) and a free laptop sleeve.
Edited by: "refugee" 29th Oct 2010

Quite positive review here, only complaining at the price:
trustedreviews.com/lap…/p1

Would be tempted to order one, shame that Scan don't deliver overseas

looks pretty good actually, review price was way higher too so not so much of a factor.

I'd love to know why this deal isn't any hotter, 40 deg after 7 hours

akwaaba

I'd love to know why this deal isn't any hotter, 40 deg after 7 hours



Possibly because it is quite expensive for a netbook irrespective of it's spec.

i heard winxp doesn't suppport ssd, win7 will do a better job...maybe a good idea to upgarde it to win7

bldoom

i heard winxp doesn't suppport ssd, win7 will do a better job...maybe a … i heard winxp doesn't suppport ssd, win7 will do a better job...maybe a good idea to upgarde it to win7



One would assume if the manufacturer sells the netbook with XP, the system has been configured in a way so that it deals correctly with the SSD. Main problem seems to be windows' Swap file which results in many read/write cycles that could kill the SSD within a couple of months. But there seem to be cures, some reading here:
internetbestsecrets.com/200…tml

thanks for the ifo

with regards to the swap file from my readings (no conslusive mind you) is that its better to leave the swap file on the SSD, the swap file pages things out of memory and I believe it is mostly read from which is where the SSD excels so it should not reduce the life and will increase the speed.

Also with the recent SSD I think its mean time to failure is large enough that the system will be irrelevant before that goes, especially a 8GB drive, hardly worth worring about it, as it will be peanuts to replace.

Windows XP has no trim support so technically this could degrade the life of the SSD however this is for write speeds and this is a small ssd ment for the os and not for "use" the read speed of the OS files and the swap will not go down as it gets older so in this current setup it should be fine for its intended purpose (fast boot), Install your key applications on it for snappy loading and keep the rest on the other drive.

If it had a 120 gb SSD then that would be different and I would say that its a bad idea as XP will not be able to maintain that with its life and it will slow down on writes and this will affect you as its your storage volume.

I would say the package as a whole seems a wierd setup, the hybrid idea is quite nice but its pushed the price over alot of the competition, so why not stick at dual core atom in there and be be proud to be a "premuim" netbook?

interesting and probably too niche to be either hot or cold tbh, but nice find all the same

justy to add to my reply, I felt mildly motivated to get the source of my info

blogs.msdn.com/b/e…spx

its a good read, and the anands article it references is well worth a read as well as it details the history of the SSD and its performance "issues".

The overview from Microsoft however is

Should the pagefile be placed on SSDs? Yes. Most pagefile operations are … Should the pagefile be placed on SSDs? Yes. Most pagefile operations are small random reads or larger sequential writes, both of which are types of operations that SSDs handle well.In looking at telemetry data from thousands of traces and focusing on pagefile reads and writes, we find thatPagefile.sys reads outnumber pagefile.sys writes by about 40 to 1, Pagefile.sys read sizes are typically quite small, with 67% less than or equal to 4 KB, and 88% less than 16 KB. Pagefile.sys writes are relatively large, with 62% greater than or equal to 128 KB and 45% being exactly 1 MB in size.In fact, given typical pagefile reference patterns and the favorable performance characteristics SSDs have on those patterns, there are few files better than the pagefile to place on an SSD

dammit I only wanted to post my source now I found it, but also found out something even more interesting,

Microsoft have effectivly banned this laptop, they have altered the XP license so you cant have hybrid netbooks so MSI had to stop making them and alternatives from other sellers have been scrapped.

netbook10.com/mic…ge/
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