Conclusion: Move over, Asus: MSI has skipped the imitation game that most other manufacturers have played so far and actually bested the Eee with the Wind. Its $550 price tag may make it $150 more than the original Eee, but the refinement and features MSI has added make it well worth the premium, especially...
Excerpt: Packing the latest 1.6-GHz Atom processor and a roomy 80-GB drive, the Wind boasts some legit PC cred. Yes, your iPod probably has more drive space, but the Wind is also running good old Windows XP, saving you from the frustrations of Vista, a Linux learning curve or (perish the thought) the...
Pros: Grown-up looks (as opposed to “day care” or “developing-country villager”). Largest screen among minis. Includes three USB ports, a VGA monitor connector and an SD slot.
Cons: Lack of DVD is understandable, but it still makes us cry. Hard drive emits mysterious sounds. Two-hour battery life is just OK.
Summary: It'll be very hard to actually find a fault with the MSI Wind. Honest, I'm not joking. Having played with both the Asus EeePC 1000 and the MSI Wind, I would say that both of them are very similar. The only thing which I can think of, which could affect consumers decision is the 3-Cell battery.
Pros: - Uses Intel's ATOM CPU@ 1.6Ghz, - 1Gb of DDR2 ram, - 120Gb SATA HDD, - Good build quality, - Good features, - Wireless/WiFi, - 10" anti-glare screen, - 4-in-1 card reader, - 3 USB ports, - D-Sub for extrenal monitor
Summary: Our discussion of the MSI Wind U100 must unfortunately end with its least attractive feature: the price. Despite the fact that the system is well-rounded and only truly falling short in the battery life department, its price threatens to sink the whole endeavor.
Summary: On paper, the MSI Wind should be able to blow the Asus Eee PC out of the water, but as always, a hands on evaluation will put this question to rest. It's got a real hard drive, giving you a solid 80GB of storage capacity.
Pros: Feature set is very impressive on paper, Large keyboard and 10-inch display, Real 80GB hard drive for decent storage, Three times as many USB ports as MacBook Air, Looks great, good build quality too
Cons: Performance isn't fantastic; struggles with multi-tab web browsing, Gets hot really easily, really quickly, Where's the more budget-minded model?, Battery life is disappointing