Excerpt: It’s been almost a year since the original Asus Eee 701 appeared stateside, making traditional ultra-portables look fat with its size and weight, sending prices plunging with its $400 price tag, and triggering a landslide of imitators. In that time, many have tried, but few have succeeded in one upping Asus at its own game.
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: The MSI Wind is a fantastic little subnotebook that combines an ergonomically sound design with solid build quality and reasonable performance for its class, even running Windows XP as opposed to the Linux variation of the unit. The Wind does its job and does it well, except for one major drawback, at the moment the 3 cell battery is simply unacceptable. Due to the purpose of the laptop, battery life is a critical factor in the value and function of the machine.
Excerpt: Immediately after ASUS launched the Eee PC into an unsuspecting notebook market over a year ago, the short term answer from competitors was, well, nothing, save perhaps for the XO-1 from the OLPC organization. At the time, there was still speculation about whether or not anyone would even be interested in a low power, low cost, ultraportable notebook.
Pros: High Build Quality, Very Portable, Automated Overclocking, Bright 10.2" LED Backlit Screen, Small A/C Adapter
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: Overall, the MSI Wind is a great laptop and it lies in between the Acer One and the ASUS EeePC 1000H in price. In terms of features, it lags behind the Eee PC 1000H, but the 6-cell version of the MSI Wind is priced at Rs 29,000. This makes it a little expensive as compared to the MSI Wind. As long as the EeePC 6-cell is priced around the same as the MSI Wind, the Eee PC remains the better option. If you can get the Wind for over Rs 1,500 cheaper, it's worth considering.
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.