When MSI's Wind U100 nettop first popped up on U.S. retail sites earlier this month, the U100 versions with three- and six-cell batteries cost $479.99 and $499.99, respectively. However, Laptop Magazine reports that MSI has jacked up those prices. According to an MSI representative, "Since the cost of the battery and materials raise (sp), [MSI] had no choice but adjust the MSRP to $499.99 with 3-cell battery and $549.99 with 6-cell."
As Laptop Magazine points out, a hike to $549.99 cancels out the U100's pricing advantage over Asus' Eee PC 1000H. The 1000H has similar specs (a 10" 1024x600 display, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a six-cell battey), and it currently goes for $549.99 at Newegg. But that's not the whole story.
As it turns out, many online retailers are actually charging more than $550 for the six-cell Wind U100. Mwave lists the diminutive notebook for $599.99, while Microtel asks $599, and ZipZoomFly demands $559. Folks who ordered the system before the hike aren't necessarily better off, either. Laptop Magazine learned that Buy.com actually cancelled $499.99 orders when MSI announced the price increase "to avoid being de-authorized by this manufacturer."