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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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ASUS Got it right, than wrong
By Nik00117 on 5/14/2008 4:36:05 AM , Rating: 1
A subnotebook will be less then 450 in my opinion ideally 399 and lower. Several simple requirements.

Give us a decent resolution, 1024x600 is decent.Although 1024 by 768 would be best, hell even 800x600 is liveable.

Keep the costs down and avoid any costs on OS, there are so many OSes which you can get for legal and free. Most of which are of course linux, so stick to linux. OS should also be optimized for the PC in question.

Memory is cheap 1 gig should be considered the norm, however 512 is liveable, if the OS is optimized enough.

HDD we should have an option I myself think 4 gigs of HDD space is enough for such a notebook. The OS most likely won't have many features, therefore it should be small as possible save every mb that you can. However if poeple want to we can always go to standard harddrives as an option.

Wifi is critical

Webcam is a cost increase, end of story leave it out.

CPU 1.2 Ghz is enough, 1.6 Ghz is pushing it. I can run a game on a 1.6ghz CPU.

GPU should bare miniunm, no gaming end of story

Battery is critical I want 4 hours, idealy 8. However if you keep everything low power that shouldn't be a problem

By ChronoReverse on 5/14/2008 11:09:29 AM , Rating: 3
The Atom is designed to run at higher frequencies while using low power. A 1.6GHz Atom is only about as fast as a 800MHz Pentium M.

What you should take away from this is that the MHz rating of a CPU is only useful for comparing the same chip at different clocks.

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