MSI launches hybrid HDD/SSD netbook

The Taiwanese manufacturer's latest low-cost subnotebook uses a solid-state drive for primary tasks and a hard-disk drive for storage

MSI has launched a netbook that uses both solid-state and hard-disk drives.

The U115 Hybrid, unveiled on Monday, comes with a solid-state disk (SSD) for most of the PC's operations, together with a hard-disk drive (HDD) that can optionally be used for storage. An 'ECO on mode' temporarily disengages the HDD; MSI claimed this mode extends battery life, as SSDs are generally more power-efficient than their spinning-disc counterparts.

Apart from its use of both SSD and HDD technologies, the U115 Hybrid closely follows the standard netbook template.

The 10-inch screen has a resolution of 1,024-by-600 pixels. The device uses a 1.6GHz Z530 Intel Atom processor, Windows XP Home, and a gigabyte of DDR2 533MHz RAM. Bluetooth is included, as are three USB 2.0 ports.

Buyers can choose between a 1.3-megapixel or 2.0-megapixel webcam; a three- or six-cell battery; and 802.11b/g/n or 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. The machine comes with two possible combinations of HDD and SDD: a 120GB HDD with an 8GB SSD, or a 160GB HDD with a 16GB SSD.

The U115 Hybrid weighs around 1kg with the three-cell battery.

Although MSI claimed in its release on Monday that the U115 Hybrid's battery life is "super-long", the manufacturer did not specify the estimated battery life. Release details and pricing are also not mentioned in the release.

MSI's U115 Hybrid netbook is unusual in that it uses both spinning-disc and solid-state storage technologies