Conclusion: This is a great, affordable way for people to get an all-in-one desktop device. The Wind Top AE1900 comes with all the basics you’d expect from a PC and can handle standard tasks brilliantly. Chuck in some sharp lines and good looks, and this is something all budget-conscious gadget fans can get on board with.
Pros: This is a very smart machine for the money. The design is in keeping with MSI’s love of all things white and minimal, not unlike some old-school Apple kit. Set up is swift and the machine is speedy enough for basic tasks such as web browsing, email and word docs. Anything more than that though and the Intel Atom processor will struggle to keep up with the pace, reducing things to a snail’s pace.
Cons: The touchscreen tech is pretty good, but the proprietary Wind Touch UI leaves a lot to be desired. Frankly, touch tech on large machines like this is very much a personal thing and this gadget is really about keeping things basic. There aren’t many apps on board that take advantage of the touchscreen, so it feel as if the tech has been tacked on.
Summary: The third nettop to pass through our labs is the MSI Wind Top. While the name may raise a puzzled smile, the large 18in screen comes clad in a classy transparent and brushed aluminium frame, so it demands to be taken seriously. It's pitched up against two smaller rivals, the Eee Top and the Shuttle X5000TA , and weighs in as the most expensive of the trio.