In the end, the MSI Wind U100 is a fantastic netbook and I gladly accept the tradeoff of less performance, smaller screen, and smaller keyboard for the significantly improved portability the machine offers. Most users will find that they can easily work from the MSI Wind U100 on the road and at home with minimal tradeoffs compared to a traditional notebook.
Pros: Good battery life, Powerful enough for general computer use, Very portable
Cons: Track pad to close to keyboard, Poor speaker volume
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 when Asus’ 10-inch Eee runs for $700. For the moment, MSI’s Wind definitively blows away the competition.
Pros: Bright and spacious 10-inch screen; lightweight and portable; powerful
Cons: Three-cell battery may be inadequate; build quality could be a tad better
Excerpt: Netbooks are the biggest selling category in the computer industry right now for several reasons. The poor global economy is the big reason consumers are flocking to netbooks. I don't think that is the only reason that netbooks continue to post such massive growth, I think that consumers are finally realizing that they don't have to use the most powerful notebook available to do the majority of what they need.
Summary: Larger storage, better networking and the all-important extended battery life make the revised U100 a winner. Combined with the more attractive choice of colours, free carry bag in the box, and an extended warranty to 2 years, we feel the original MSI Wind U100 is not just the first Wind, it also breezes into first place.
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. Although it gives 2-3 hours of continuous use, I would have prefered it to be a 6-Cell battery ... which Asus have included in their newer EeePCs.
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: There are some solid reasons to consider MSI's Wind. It's small and fairly light (about 1kg), and it's sturdy enough to take a beating. But other solidly-built mini-notebooks are just around the corner, including Lenovo's S10 and probably an entry from Dell this Autumn. If you can't wait, the MSI Wind is a solid recommendation to buy now.
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. With a suggested retail price of $499 for the 3-cell unit we reviewed and $549 for a version with a 6-cell battery, the Wind is a hard sell given its competition.
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. Since this is a regular SATA laptop hard drive, there is the potential to break in and increase storage size to any available drive on the market or spring for a solid start drive when prices return from the stratosphere.
Excerpt: The term “netbooks” may not be familiar to some of you. It’s used to describe the newly launched Intel atom platform that features in sub 10-inch laptops. These machines are inexpensive, have relatively modest specifications, and are designed for casual use. The most famous member of this new club is ASUS’s Eee PC, which was largely responsible for sudden popularity of this category.
Summary: If there were a Survivor: The Mini-Notebook series, and each of the ultra-low-cost notebooks were incrementally eliminated, the MSI Wind NB would be the one left standing. Unlike its competitors, the Wind NB offers the complete package, including an adult-size keyboard, a larger 10-inch screen, and a very capable Atom processor. This system's solid performance, stellar 5-plus hours of battery life, and $549.99 price make it the best all-around mini-notebook to date.