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MSI Wind Due To Fight The Eee In June

MSI Wind Due To Fight The Eee In June

Details are finally emerging about MSI’s upcoming Eee competitor, the Wind:

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – May 13 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is ready to clear up some of the questions surrounding the MSI Wind (Wi-Fi Network Device).  MSI Computer will offer both Linux and Windows (XP Home Edition) based configurations, for under $500 starting in early June on www.msimobile.com

The Wind weighs a mere 2.6 lbs, but offers many of the amenities customers would expect from a much larger notebook.  Business travelers and students on the go will enjoy the Wind's comfortable keyboard, which is only 20% smaller than a full size layout, and the 5+ hours of battery life the Windows based units provide.  The Wind also features a 1.3M webcam, up to a 1GB of RAM, a 4-in-1 card reader, 3 USB ports, and Bluetooth capabilities with the Windows version.

"With Wind we struck the optimal balance of price, performance, and convenience" said Daniel Wang, General Manager of MSI US. "We designed the Wind to offer mobile consumers all the features of bulkier more expensive notebooks, but with a sleeker lightweight footprint and an affordable sub $500 price point."

MSI WIND NOTEBOOK SPECIFICATIONS

 

Linux Version

Windows Version

Operating System

Linux Novell™

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition™

Chipset

Intel 945GMS, ICH7-M

Intel 945GMS, ICH7-M

Display

10"W (1024×600) LED

10"W (1024×600) LED

VGA

 UMA

 UMA

Memory

512MB DDR2/ 667MHz

1GB DDR2/ 667MHz

Hard Drive

80G / 2.5” SATA

80G / 2.5” SATA

Battery

3 Cells / 2.5 hrs

6 Cells / 5.5 hrs

WLAN

802.11b/g

802.11b/g

Bluetooth

No

Yes

Webcam

1.3m

1.3m

Dimension

10.23" x 7.08" x 0.748" ~ 1.24"

10.23" x 7.08" x 0.748" ~1.24"

Weight

2.3 lbs

2.6lbs


The Wind is also reported to feature an Intel Atom CPU with two DIMM slots, at least three USB 2.0 ports, a SD/MMC reader (possibly SDHC), 10/100 NIC, and 802.11 b/g wireless networking. All this in a package that is about 50% heavier than the first generation Eee PCs.
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"The Wind is also reported to feature an Intel Atom CPU"

Really? I hope so. These are what I've been waiting for. Not that I'm planning to buy one soon, but for the reviews and benchmarks. If they really are comparable to Pentium IV's we could have something good here.

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 I think they are also reports of Asus Eee using Intel atom.

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