Four months have passed since we first wrote about MSI's Wind12, one of the very first systems based on AMD's new Congo ultraportable platform. Now, MSI has announced that two Wind12 laptops have become available in North America for $429.99 and $479.99.
The higher of the two price tags applies to the Wind12 variant with a dual-core Athlon Neo X2 L335 processor and 320GB hard drive. The $429.99 model, meanwhile, comes with a single-core Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU and 250GB of mechanical storage.
Both systems feature 12.1" 1366x768 displays, Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics (with HDMI out), 2GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, six-cell batteries, and Windows 7 Home Premium. MSI says both Wind12 flavors tip the scales at 3.3 lbs—roughly in the same ballpark as other consumer ultraportables out there.
Speaking of the competition, the two Wind12 laptops look to be going straight up against Acer's Aspire AS1410, a 11.6" consumer ultraportable that can be purchased with a dual-core Celeron SU2300 processor for $449.99 at Newegg. Other specs are roughly similar, although the Aspire's Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics pale in comparison to the Wind12's Radeon HD 3200.