MSI has gained a strong market since it launched its first 10" netbook in 2008. It has also released many new notebook products in the last two years and these have helped to boost the image of the MSI brand. When MSI released its first netbook, the only netbooks on the market were in the 7 to 8.9" range. For most consumers, MSI's first 10" U100 Netbook offered a bigger screen compared to the other 7~8.9" netbooks at the time while weighing around the same as 8.9" models. MSI then continued to refine their netbook offerings with some offering longer endurance while others emphasized 3.5G support. Consumer response was quite positive and the MSI brand has come up in the conversation when some of my friends were looking for new netbooks. The last two to three years have obviously made MSI's notebook and netbook offerings more visible in the market. After all, having another brand to choose from is good for the consumer! The new model from MSI is a special edition based on Intel's latest Pinetrail platform to celebrate the sale of one million 10" U100 netbooks. The special edition is available in either blue or red. Let's take a look at what improvements MSI has made for the Wind U135. First, we have the product packaging. The icons in the lower left corner put the emphasis on the keyboard, styling, power and touchpad. Featured on the back is the previous U100 in black and white. The two netbooks on the front show off the two colors available for the Special Edition U135. Accessories Product warranty, driver CD and user manual. The MSI Wind U135 itself. This hands-on review will feature the red version. According to the manufacturer, the striped design uses Color Film Printing technology. The U135 looks a little more stylish than its preceding U100. The design of the base looks similar to the U100. There is no convenient access to the RAM or HDD. Users looking for an upgrade will have to remove the entire lower casing. A 6-cell battery rated at 4400mAh 49Wh is included. Judging from the experience with U100, MSI will properly offer both a 4400mAh and a 5200mAh version. The transformer uses the smallest size available on the market. It's made by LITEON, another well-known brand. The AC transformer is only slightly warm to the touch when charging so they've obviously paid attention to this area. There are eight status lights to the lower right of the keyboard. You need to hold down the Fn key to turn on some of the functions. The sticker on the left side shows the hardware specifications. The 20% wider touchpad will be more comfortable to use. The glossier finish means it feels nice as well.