In the world of notebooks, Apple is an undeniable trendsetter. The 13-inch Averatec N3400 we recently tested had an aluminum outer shell, while the Acer Timeline 4810T used island-style keys like those found on MacBooks. Not surprisingly, these two laptops are significantly cheaper than anything in the Apple line of products.
Today we're taking a look at the X-Slim X340, a very slim notebook from MSI that many consider to be an inexpensive alternative to the MacBook Air. MSI is currently selling for $ 600 and is hoping to attract potential buyers with its sleek design and extended battery life.
The MSI X340 weighs only 3.2 pounds with the 8-cell battery included and is powered by Intel's Core 2 Solo SU3500 CULV processor at 1.4 GHz. It is equipped with 2 GB DDR2 – the maximum supported capacity – a 320 GB SATA hard drive, a 13.4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics and a wireless 802.11b / g / n connectivity.
These specs are somewhat reminiscent of the specs on the 14 "Timeline 4810T we reviewed earlier this month, with the exception of the obvious difference in screen size and larger battery on the X340. It will be interesting to see if the X-Slim can keep up with or maybe even exceed the 6-hour battery life of the Acer notebook.
As you may know, MSI has been offering the X-Slim X340 since May. The X340 has sold for up to $ 900 since its inception, which doesn't exactly make it a budget competitor. Today, the same model sells for much less for $ 600, making an interesting offer to buy this holiday season.