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MSI breaks Wind on ASUS Eee PC for $399

Yesterday, DailyTech reported that ASUS' new Eee PC 900 is available now from a few online retailers -- albeit at prices higher than the MSRP. In the case of ZipZoomFly, it was charging $50 more than MSRP yesterday for the Windows XP variant of the Eee PC 900.

These higher prices are in addition to the $549.99 price tag that many have balked at ever since ASUS announced pricing for the second generation Eee PC in mid-April. $549.99 is a far cry from the Eee PC 2G's $299 price tag or even the original Eee PC 4G's $399 price tag.

MSI has heard the concerns of potential customers that are disheartened by ASUS's decision to push the Eee PC into a higher-priced, dangerous territory. The company's new 10" Wind will be priced at $399 in base form when it launches on June 3.

Although MSI will produce the Wind in 8.9" and 10" variants, U.S. customers will only receive the larger 10" display with a 1024x600 resolution. The base configuration features an 80GB 2.5" HDD, 512MB of memory, 3-cell battery (2.5 hours), and runs Novel SUSE Linux. A variant featuring Windows XP, 80GB SATA HDD, 1GB of memory, Bluetooth, and 6-cell battery (6 hours) will set you back $549.99.

Both versions will come equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom (Diamondville) processor and both will come with two DIMM slots to aid in upgrading system memory -- ASUS' Eee PC comes with just a single DIMM slot for expansion.

Other features of the MSI Wind include three USB 2.0 ports, a SD/MMC reader, VGA-out, 10/100 NIC, and 802.11b/g wireless. The device is also just a tad bit heavier than ASUS' Eee PC 900 at 2.64 pounds. In addition, the MSI Wind will be available in black, white, silver, baby blue, and pink for those that want to add a bit of "personality" to their notebook purchase.

Hopefully, MSI's Wind will give ASUS a wakeup call in the U.S. market. ASUS brought the low-cost, ultraportable market to life with its original Eee PC 4G, but it looks like other manufacturers are here to show ASUS that it isn't the only game in town.

You can view additional images of the MSI Wind over at LAPTOP Magazine.

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RE: nice Pricepoint
By othercents on 5/13/2008 6:57:30 PM , Rating: 0
screw you Asus

Why the hell is everyone so quick to give Asus the bird? If you were purchasing a motherboard would you choose MSI over Asus even if they were the same price? No way, Asus has always had better build quality and I expect the same from the Eee PC. Plus in June you might just see an Atom Eee PC at Computex.


RE: nice Pricepoint
By andylawcc on 5/13/2008 9:37:09 PM , Rating: 2
actually, you are right. I shouldn't be bashing Asus; if it wasn't for them we won't be seeing any of these "netbook" at all. Just that I was largely dissapointed at Asus's lack of Atom CPU and higher premium.

on the other hand, making good mobo doesn't mean they will make good laptops. that's like saying the GM's Aveo powns jooo because Corvette is an all-time classic.

RE: nice Pricepoint
By Quiescent on 5/14/2008 11:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
They wanted to get on the larger screen bandwagon before the Diamondville atom processor was released. The EeePC is pretty good once they sort out all the problems, such as the screaming LCD monitor.

RE: nice Pricepoint
By SeeManRun on 5/13/2008 10:41:49 PM , Rating: 2
I for sure would not buy ASUS again. After the problems with my last board and it not running a Phenom properly, and customer service just telling me "it should work" I am going out of my way to not buy ASUS. Of course it is just my opinion. I've had 3 of their boards and they are usually alright, but now have a Gigabyte and really like it.

I actually got a call from ASUS about my call to their technical support, and told the lady I won't be buying their product anymore. Just a contracted survey company, but ASUS never followed up with me so if they don't care for my business, they won't get it. Not to mention their tech support line is not even toll free!!!

RE: nice Pricepoint
By theapparition on 5/14/08, Rating: -1
RE: nice Pricepoint
By Samus on 5/13/2008 11:49:54 PM , Rating: 3
Other, Asus hasn't made boards equivilent to their oldskool BX (P2B, P3B-F, etc) since the oldskool days.

I haven't purchase one since, not because they're bad, but because there are so many good alternatives.

The MSI Wind is a great example of a 'good alternative'.

In order for Asus to get my business, they need to excel. They are good in all areas such as stability, support, warranty, overclocking, etc. But not GREAT. I buy Gigabyte for GREAT stability, and DFI for GREAT overclocking. You see where I'm going?

RE: nice Pricepoint
By Quiescent on 5/14/2008 9:31:06 AM , Rating: 2
I give Asus support 3/10. They know they're pretty bad with the EeePC support too. Someone actually said that in the support email they got, they were told to get help at an unofficial support forum called Which is pretty sad.

RE: nice Pricepoint
By INeedCache on 5/14/2008 8:39:15 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, since you asked, we do purchase MSI motherboards over Asus. They have proved to be more reliable, and more features for either the same or less money. Never had a DOA MSI board. Can't say the same for Asus. As for these notebooks, jury still out for me.

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