MSI unwraps its Wind U100 low-cost laptop

Another day, another low-cost, Atom-based subnotebook. MSI has picked the first day of Computex to formally introduce its long-awaited Wind U100 laptop.

The Wind U100 strays somewhat from the typical “Eee killer” formula by including a 10″, LED-backlit display with a 1024 x 600 resolution, a keyboard with big 17.5-mm keys, and an 80GB Serial ATA hard drive. The machine also packs an Intel Atom processor, an Intel 945GMS integrated graphics chipset, up to 2GB of DDR2-667 memory, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a three- or six-cell battery, and a pre-installed copy of Windows XP (no Linux here, at least in this iteration of the Wind).

According to MSI, the Wind U100 measures 10.2″ x 7.1″ x 0.7-1.2″ (260 x 180 x 19-31.5 mm) and weighs in at just 2.2 lbs (1 kg) with the three-cell battery. That’s about an inch wider, half-an-inch longer, and a tad thinner than the 8.9″ Eee PC 900, with almost exactly the same weight. Oh, and MSI has traded Asus’ “Easy to learn, easy to work, easy to play” tagline for the not-quite-as-catchy “The Freely to Watch, The Freely to Go, The Freely to Operate, The Freely to Play,” just to be sure customers don’t accidentally mix up the two systems.

Laptop Magazine has gotten an early look at the Wind U100, and it’s posted a detailed review here. The site says the U100 costs $499 with a six-cell battery, which would actually make it $50 cheaper than the Eee PC 900 (Asus hasn’t yet announced pricing for the new, Atom-based 901). In its review, Laptop Magazine praises the U100 for its big screen, nice keyboard, fast boot times, and long battery life—5.5 hours with Wi-Fi off and 4 hours with it enabled. However, the U100’s touchpad button and Wi-Fi performance reportedly left something to be desired.

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    • Trymor
    • 13 years ago

    Can anyone say ‘rush job’ ?

    • stoydgen
    • 13 years ago

    Once Again, this really looks like its down to the Acer One or this. Sony capped themselves with their netbook having a VIA processor and the Asus design on the 901 looks quite dated compred to the Wind and the Acer One especially (I have a eee 701 for reference, and i am of the opinion it looks better than the 901). I’ll make my upgrade once I’ve seen reviews of both, but atm its a case of better appearance vs bigger screen. Battery life will be the ultimate factor.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    Feel “freely” to get a new marketing slogan.

      • b4b2
      • 13 years ago

      Ugh, yes….please do.

        • BoBzeBuilder
        • 13 years ago

        flip-mode is on point.

    • Hattig
    • 13 years ago

    It’s either this or the Acer One.

    §[<http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/06/03/acer_launches_one/<]§ Back to the Wind, I like that it is slimmer, this is something I think all these cheap laptops have been poor at to date. I don't care about Windows though, not on this class of devices. I know that other people differ of course.

      • crazybus
      • 13 years ago

      I don’t trust in Acer’s ability to make a cheap device with decent build quality. The pictures look ok, but I’ll wait until someone gets their hands on one.

        • pogsnet
        • 13 years ago
    • onlycodered
    • 13 years ago

    Now THIS one is appealing to me.

    • elty
    • 13 years ago

    Too bad they won’t ship the $399 model until much later.

    • ecalmosthuman
    • 13 years ago

    Dankness.

    • DASQ
    • 13 years ago

    I can’t believe these Taiwanese companies cannot even hire ONE ENGLISH SPEAKING TRANSLATOR to make a decent slogan.

      • ecalmosthuman
      • 13 years ago

      Excellent point. It is widly entertaining though. Not to mention their manuals etc. are a blast to read.

        • titan
        • 13 years ago

        Hmm, I don’t know about a translator, but maybe a translating team. A native speaker of the foreign language to translate the article into another language, and a native editor of the other language.

        I can’t speak Taiwanese, but I sure as heck can speak American. I even know a lot of idioms. (For example, you’re worse than a kitten in a new sandbox.)

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 13 years ago

      They’re Freely to choose their slogans.

        • Unckmania
        • 13 years ago

        lol, really…

      • ludi
      • 13 years ago

      No comprendo, senor. Que es este “juan inglis spiken transletor”?

    • d0g_p00p
    • 13 years ago

    I have found my upgrade. I am glad I waited.

      • yogibbear
      • 13 years ago

      500 bucks??? For those specs??? Me too, except for me the upgrade would be from a 1GB usb drive and a nice trek around the uni campus to find a free computer.

        • d0g_p00p
        • 13 years ago

        I don’t know if that’s a joke or not. But I have the EeePC 700 and so yes, for $100 more (I paid $399 for the Eee 700) for the above specs, it’s quite the upgrade for me.

          • DASQ
          • 13 years ago

          He’s just lamenting on the pathetic outlook of his current situation.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 13 years ago

    Its the explosion of tiny low cost notebooks.

      • Flying Fox
      • 13 years ago

      Some of these are not getting low cost anymore.

      Can they get back to the basics and work towards a $200 model that can last 6+ hours?

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