CES 2009 – MSI's X320 takes on the MacBook Air

Asus may have stolen the computing headlines at CES with its new touchscreen netbook but MSI's been busy too – not least with a new MacBook Air-

Asus may have stolen the computing headlines at CES with its new touchscreen netbook but MSI's been busy too – not least with a new MacBook Air-bothering laptop and all-in-one desktop.

The X320 laptop, just 6mm at its thinnest point and 198mm at its thickest, sports a 13.4in display, 16GB solid-state drive and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.

It trounces the MacBook Air's single USB port with three of the blighters, and backs that up with Ethernet and VGA ports. The battery life is also claimed to be ten hours, though we'll take that with a few pinches of sodium chloride.

The one downside is that, like the Air, there's no optical drive, so there'll be no DVD watching on the plane.

If you'd rather have a new touchscreen desktop, MSI also announced its version of Asus' Eee Top all-in-one, called the NetON.

The AE1901 19in version is powered by a dual Core Atom processor, while the 20in AE2003 is more media-friendly with a Full HD 1920x1080 resolution screen, WI-Fi and Intel Core 2 Duo processor to help it handle Windows Vista. We'll bring you a full review before their release in February.

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Essentials

MSi X320, NetON

Prices: £TBA (X320 from $800 in US)

On sale: March, February

Contact: MSI