MSI to go up against Eee with 10-inch Atom-based laptop

Last week, we brought you news of upcoming “Eee PC killers” from both Acer and ECS. Today, we’ve learned that yet another one of Asus’ Taiwanese peers is about to jump in the cheap sub-notebook arena.

This time, Gizmodo reports that MSI is cooking up a small and affordable Eee PC competitor. The device is known as the MSI Wind (no, there’s no apparent connection with the Everex CloudBook) and it looks like a more rounded and Mac-like version of the Eee. However, the Wind has a few advantages over the Asus current budget sub-notebooks: it has a 10″ display that’s larger than even the 8.9″ screen on the forthcoming Eee PC 900, it’s based on one of Intel’s new Atom processors, and it will be available with both solid-state drives and conventional 2.5″ hard drives. Asus also plans to slap Atom processors and hard drives into its Eee PC, but it won’t do so for some time yet.

Gizmodo says the Wind will also have 1GB of RAM, a choice of Linux or Windows operating systems, and a claimed battery life of no less than seven hours. Like the Eee PC, the Wind will be available in different hues—Gizmodo mentions blue, silver, and pink flavors, and its photos show the latter two. Price-wise, the site quotes a range of €299 to €699, which we’d expect to equate to something like $350-750 in the States considering the current relationship between U.S. and European prices.

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    • gtoulouzas
    • 12 years ago

    “Price-wise, the site quotes a range of €299 to €699”

    300 to 700 euros? That’s one heck of a pricerange! If anything, it shows that MSI’s sub-notebook is still on the level of “prototype” with nothing concrete yet.

    Let’s hope they come up with a worthy competitor to Eee.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      Or they anticipate a wide range of options. Minimal memory, video and HD vs max’d memory, large screen, and (especially) a big SSD can easily account for that range.

    • JokerCPoC
    • 12 years ago

    Heck this deserves a joke if there ever was one. 😀

    MSI seems to want to split the Atom. 😉

    • Kraft75
    • 12 years ago

    It looks like this market slice will be getting crowded real soon… which is great for us consumers. I’ll be glad to have so many choices when I’ll be in the market for an ultra-mobile.

    It would be great to have a techreport round-up when they all come to the market.

    • Hattig
    • 12 years ago

    That’s creeping close to the realm of my old iBook 12″ though. Still, it could have a lot smaller volume, and that’s an important metric. I guess the cheap one uses the 1GHz Atom? That’s not going to be a screamer, even compared to a 900MHz Celeron M…

    However I think that 9″ 1024×600 is quite a nice screen size for the EeePC, but we will see what else comes with the new iterations over the next few months.

    I want something small enough to pop into a bag, robust enough to live through some bangs, but with a big enough screen to be usable. 9″ or 10″ seems to be the screen size required (and also makes the keyboard usable). I just want the EeePC to look less chunky.

    • eloj
    • 12 years ago

    I’ll believe the 7h battery time when I measure it.

    Or they price it.

    • poulpy
    • 12 years ago

    Is a 10″ display an advantage when going head to head with the Eee and it’s lightweight form factor with a 7″ (and/or upcoming 8.9″) screen?
    I mean if they keep adding components and super-sizing them aren’t we going to end up with a -err- regular laptop basically?

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      Well, yes eventually, but this is a long way from that. It’s still a lot smaller than any “regular” budget notebook the sub-$500 segment, and it’s two or more times cheaper than a “regular” subnotebook in that size range.

        • ludi
        • 12 years ago

        Even so, I think he’s got a point. The market is just emering and already the manufacturers are sucumbing to the “do it bigger and with more features” phenomenon that also infects cars. In time the market may sort itself out on a happy medium, but eventually Honda has to release the Fit because the Civic has become a gangly midsize, etc.

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