When you see a NetBook that weighs under 1.5kg in the 12 ~ 13.3" range, you immediately think of high-end business models priced between 1700 ~ 2500 USD. There are of course a few 11" Netbook products at this end of the market as well. When the Intel Atom processor came out, there was a spate of Atom-based Netbook products released. While the Atom's performance is no match for high-end notebooks, their lightness, thinness, portability and low price immediately made an impact. But the maximum size for netbooks based on Atom N270/N280 was just 10", leaving a gaping void for consumers looking for a slim notebook with a large display. For years slim notebooks larger than 12" have come with a hefty price tag. This is now about to change in the second half of 2009. Intel will soon release a new CPU based on CULV architecture. This is a single-core processor designed for 12" and larger notebooks. Two CULV based 13.3" notebook products have been released so far and they are both far lighter than their conventional peers. When MSI released the Wind series in 2008, the leading U100 model performed well enough in the market to go mainstream. MSI recently announced the new U200 12" slim netbook as the successor to the U100, but what is really interesting is MSI's latest X-Slim series of "slim and aesthetic" notebooks. The two X-Slim models known to date are the X320 and X340 which have a 13.3" display but weighs just 1.3kg. Internet rumors suggest that a 14" X400 and 16" X600 are in the pipeline as well. The star of this review is the X-Slim X340 that was released in May. It has generated a lot of online discussion, and whether the opinions are good or bad, this new product offers consumers a new choice. The "X" motif features prominently on the MSI X-Slim's external packaging. It comes with two year global warranty and one year of on-site service. The included carry case uses a leather-type material on the outside and has the msi logo printed on the inside. The finish looks quite good and it's quite compact. Include accessories Windows Vista Vita Home Premium, driver CD and product manuals The AC adapter is the smallest version in use right now. It's really easy to carry around from my experience; it tends to get a little hot while charging. The bundled mouse is quite small as well and comes in the same pearl white as the notebook. It's not a wireless mouse but the cable is designed for easy storage. The MSI X-Slim X340 chassis is constructed using aluminum-magnesium alloy. The notebook top cover has a pearl white powder-coated finish. The texture varies slightly depending on the lighting conditions. The msi logo on the top cover is covered with protective film. Once removed, you can see that the X340's pearl white UV-coating is covered with another clear layer of UV-coating. The X340's underside has a different kind of finish. It has a matt surface and the powder-coating has a more silvery tint to it. Open the lid and inside, there's protective foam printed with the msi logo cover the keyboard. The LCD has a protective film as well.