Amazon: 3-5 Weeks For An MSI Wind

Amazon.com now has a corrected price of $499.99 (previously the item had been listed at $549) and an estimated shipping date of 3-5 weeks for the black 3-cell XP version of the MSI Wind. No word on whether anyone who pre-ordered at the higher price will get the lower price (you’d hope they would)

As of this writing, the black version is ranked #3 in Amazon.com’s electronics sales, #2 in Laptops/Notbooks.

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This post was written by admin on June 30, 2008

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Mac OS X On MSI Wind

The MSI Wind is not even due out yet for another week or so, and people are already getting it to run Mac OS X. According to Gizmodo, some folks on the InsanelyMac forums have gotten Apple’s OS running on the netbook, and they report that for the most part it is running well.

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This post was written by admin on June 29, 2008

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PC Advisor Acer Aspire One Review

A quickie two-page review of the Acer Aspire One by PC Advisor, which gave it 4.5 stars out of five. Some insight on the trackpad:

Seems logical enough, but this layout – seen elsewhere in models such as HP’s Mini-Note – demands much finger twisting to get basic mousing and clicking done. Just as well, then, that the Acer Aspire One’s trackpad itself is less twitchy than some, allowing quite precise tracking. No attempt at multitouch here, but the right side of the pad is setup for vertical scrolling.

One additional interesting factoid: they were able to get a battery life of 3 hours, 21 minutes (no detail on test conditions).

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This post was written by admin on June 27, 2008

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MSI Wind vs Eee PC 1000H

To tide over those waiting on the MSI Wind, Laptopmag has a comparison article of the Eee PC 1000H (H being the hard drive version of course) vs the Wind. In the four criteria discussed, the Eee PC was judged to have better display and sound capabilities but the Wind had better keyboard/touchpad and general performance. Design was rated a toss-up as a matter of personal preference, which seems reasonable. Ultimately, with the $150 price difference, the article gives the Wind the overall edge in both features and value.

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This post was written by admin on June 27, 2008

It’s 6/27- Where’s the MSI Wind?

Several news sources are reporting that the US launch date for the MSI Wind has slipped once again, due to the ongoing battery supply issues, to “the week of” July 7,  So it could be any day that week. As a consolation, MSI is reportedly offering free overnight shipping to those who pre-ordered.

MobileMag Blurb

CNet/Crave Report

Engadget

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This post was written by admin on June 27, 2008

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24 Hours With The Aspire One

That lucky man known as The Acer Guy got a 24-hour hands-on with the Linpus Linux version of the Acer Aspire One, and he shares his fortune with some quick videos:

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This post was written by admin on June 27, 2008

Japanese and German Re-Brandings of MSI Wind

German discount store Aldi will offer their own branded version of the MSI Wind, to be known as the “Medion akoya mini”, a name which was mentioned back in April. It will be available in silver color, something not initially available for the original MSI Wind release.

Photo of ad (German)

Meanwhile in Japan, local distributor Mouse Computer will be offering the Wind as the LuvBook U100. Pretty much the same stats, price of 59,800円 ($563 USD).

Check out the product info page (Japanese)

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This post was written by admin on June 27, 2008

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Panasonic ToughNetBook?

This is more of a UMPC than a Netbook, but still interesting: Panasonic today announced the latest addition to their ruggedized Toughbook line. According to the company, the Panasonic Toughbook U1 exceeds military specifications- as one example, it’s rated for 4-foot drops as opposed to the military spec which only calls for a 3-foot drop rating. Other specs:

  • 16GB or 32GB SSD Drive- No hard drive option
  • 2.3 lbs
  • 5.6″ screen
  • 1.33 MHz Atom CPU (slower than most Netbooks, but chosen for maximum battery life)
  • Options for Bluetooth, barcode scanner, fingerprint reader, 2-megapixel webcam, GPS, and EVDO/HSPDA

One neat touch- instead of a single 3- or 6- cell battery, the U1 has two 2-cell batteries (each rated for 3-4 hours) that are hot-swappable. So you could keep swapping in extra batteries without having to turn it off.

All this durability and flexibility doesn’t come cheap, however. At a list price of $2199, it wil probably be the most expensive UMPC out there.

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This post was written by admin on June 25, 2008

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MSI Wind Pre-Order at Buy.com

For what it’s worth, Buy.com is now offering the MSI Wind for pre-order with free shipping, in all three colors. No estimate for shipping date, just “be one of the first to receive this product when it arrives!” An additional $10 off if you use Google Checkout for the first time (see link at top of the product page).

Product page link

NOTE: This link is being provided for information only, and should not be considered an endorsement of Buy.com.

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This post was written by admin on June 23, 2008

Cloudbook Maker to Be Sold

NewMarket Technologies announced that it will be buying a 75% stake in Everex, the maker of the Cloudbook, as “part of a comprehensive plan to build a national mobility technology solution.” The deal is scheduled to be closed by September. No word on how this will affect the Cloudbook itself, if at all.

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This post was written by admin on June 23, 2008

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