Having been run over by the same steamroller that struck Apple's MacBook Air, MSI's first X-Slim laptop has peeled itself from the tarmac and landed on our desk.
Its 6mm thin chassis – which thickens to 19.8mm – might give it the appearance of a netbook, but it's anything but. Rather than an Atom processor, it packs a low voltage, 1.4Ghz Intel SU3500 number, which should let you squeeze four hours out of the battery.
The 1366x768, 13.4in screen is reasonably bright and crisp, and the rest of the spec (2GB RAM, 320GB hard-drive) is promising. But sadly the keyboard is so spongy it'd make a good base for a flan – it's never a great sign when the entire keyboard moves with each button press.
Still, the X340's connectivity at least bests the MacBook Air, with the luxury of two USB ports, an SDHC card reader, and both HDMI and D-Sub video outputs.
We'll give you our verdict in a full review soon, but in the meantime scroll down for more pics.