is a rather tempting alternative to pricey ultraportables,
but its lackluster battery life was a big price to pay for the sleek,
However, MSI has updated it with a new 8-cell power pack and it has
dropped the price, too. The new battery should double its endurance,
and MSI claims it will run for 8 hours and 48 minutes till you're
forced to plug it in. Unfortunately, the X340 ends up with a
distinctive hump on the bottom of the chassis, but it's not too big.
MSI will also offer the 8-cell battery as an upgrade for $99.
The good news don't end there. MSI is apparently cutting the price of
the X340 in the U.S. market from $899 to $799, which should make it a
bit more competitive, although Acer's Timelines still end up a bit
cheaper, and fatter. Unfortunately, there's still no matte screen
option, so you're stuck with a reflective panel which really isn't
suited for ultraportables.