NewEgg Ships the MSI Wind

Okay, back from vacation.

As we enter into July, more and more retailers are starting to take orders for the MSI Wind. Aside from Fry’s, Amazon, MWave, and Buy.com, the latest online retailer is NewEgg, which has begun taking orders for $499 with an estimated ship date of 7/21.

Amazon still has not announced a shipment date, and somehow, despite not having taken orders in awhile, as of this writing the Wind is currently the #7 best seller in their Computers and PC Hardware section.

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This post was written by admin on July 11, 2008

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Mobile Computer Review MSI Wind

As reports of the Wind’s availability in the UK begin to trickle in, we now see the first review of length on the Wind, this one is by Mobile Computer Magazine.. Major points:

  • MSI has disabled the overclock feature: “MSI wasn’t confident that it wouldn’t affect the processor’s well-being and so sensibly removed it”.
  • The underclock feature remains. Underclock mode locks the CPU at 800 MHz and sets screen brightness to 20%.
  • On the previously-reported screen wobble issue: There is a little wobble when the laptop is jiggled, but not a huge issue unless you are very rough in typing technique.

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This post was written by admin on July 2, 2008

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MSI Wind Unboxing Video

While we would have liked to have been able to say that we made this video, alas some lucky person out there now has an MSI Wind, and shares their fortune in this unboxing video:

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This post was written by admin on July 2, 2008

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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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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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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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MSI Officially Announces UK Release for July 1

According to an announcement on MSI UK’s web site, the first model available on July 1 will be, not surprisingly, the Windows XP version with 3-cell battery and 1GB memory, in white. The official model number is U100-015UK. Black is slated to be available near the end of July (no word on pink model, other than that it “will be launched in the near future”). Price is £329.99 with VAT. Four UK stores offering the Wind were also announced.

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This post was written by admin on June 23, 2008

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Quick Down Under Review of the Wind

From Down Under, a quick review of the Wind by GadgetZone:

  • It works with Vista: “Performance in Vista was smooth and encountered no lagging or long load times”
  • With the 6-cell battery, the Wind tips backwards if the screen is tilted too far.
  • The screen “wobbles”

Price: $699 AUD (no word on which configuration). They gave it a rating of 3.5 out of 5.

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This post was written by admin on June 22, 2008

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Trying Out The Wind In Shanghai

User hamshu on the MSIWind.net forums posts the tale of how he got a hands-on with the MSI Wind at a mall in Shanghai, although he had to push his way past an elderly man and a small child to get at it! (Hopefully he was just kidding.) Anyways, he also got to play Warcraft III on the Wind against the store clerk. Some of his observations:

  • It’s really glossy, so will attract fingerprints.
  • Noticeably warm but not uncomfortably so.
  • Was able to view YouTube video in Firefox with WC3 running in the background.
  • Box comes with 3 CDs: System Restore, BIOS, Drivers/Manual.

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This post was written by admin on June 22, 2008

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