Just as Asus' Eee PC 901 begins to appear in U.S. online retailers' stocks, MSI has announced that its competing Wind U100 laptop has started shipping. Engadget posted a press release from MSI that says the firm has sent out pre-ordered Winds, and Newegg, Amazon, Fry's, ZipZoomFly, Mwave, and Buy.com all sell the system already.
We had a little look around those retailers, and it seems Newegg, ZipZoomFly, and Fry's haven't yet added the laptop to their listings. Our price search engine shows Wind notebook listings from Mwave and Amazon, and Buy.com lists four different flavors of the U100: black and white models each available with three- or six-cell batteries. The three-cell models cost $479.99, while the six-cell ones are $499.99 each. None of the above seems to be available just yet, though.
Those who've kept up on subnotebook news will know the Wind U100 features a 10" LED-backlit display with a 1024x600 resolution, an Intel Atom processor, an 80GB Serial ATA hard drive, up to 2GB of DDR2-667 memory, built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Windows XP pre-installed. The whole system weighs 2.2 lbs (1 kg), making it lighter than the 8.9" Eee PC 901—and it has bigger keys, thanks to the larger display size and more substantial overall footprint.