MSI has announced U.S. availability of its Wind U160 ten inch, Atom-powered netbook which is less than an inch thick and is claimed to squeeze some 15 hours from its 6-cell battery. The netbook also offers smooth action video rendering thanks to an 8ms response time, 802.11n WiFi and an eye-catching illuminated logo on the lid.

The Wind U160 netbook is only MSI's second product to feature Intel's energy efficient Pine Trail Atom N450 at 1.66GHz on an Intel NM10 Express chipset which, when combined with the company's "ECO Turbo Battery" mode, is claimed to throttle around 15 hours of life from its 6-cell battery.

Graphics on the ten inch LED backlit 1024 v 600 resolution glossy widescreen VGA display come courtesy of integrated Intel GMA3150 (a little disappointing in light of recent ION showings) but MSI claims that the U160's "superior 8ms response time gives the performance needed for any display application. Even fast-moving dynamic video is rendered with smooth, fluid motion and no ghosting or other artifacts for a beautifully realistic viewing experience."

The 10.24 x 7.09 x 0.74 inch, 2.4 lbs (with battery) netbook manages to cram in 1Gb DDR2 memory and a 250Gb SATA HDD and features 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, high definition stereo speakers and three USB 2.0 ports. Nice design touches include a "fancy gold or jet black" color scheme, an illuminated MSI logo on the lid, a raised chiclet keyboard and seamless touchpad.

The Wind U160 is available for US$429.99, comes with Windows 7 Starter edition and includes EasyFace facial recognition security software.