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MSI is readying a new Wind netbook for business users and says Wind Desktop will be coming to America.

The netbook market is one of the fastest growing computer segments right now. The reason is that the netbook systems are lower cost than the average notebook, making them more attractive in the slow economic environment seen in the U.S. and abroad today. Many PC makers are releasing netbooks to get in on the market.

Intel is even looking to its Atom CPU for netbooks to help support is lagging revenues across the computer industry as a whole. One of the most popular netbooks to be released was the MSI Wind. When the Wind hit the market in July, it was priced at $399 to $499 depending on the OS and other features.

Laptop Magazine talked to Andy Tung, MSI's U.S. Sales Director. Tung told Laptop Magazine some interesting tidbits in the interview. Some of the most notable items are that the original U100 Wind netbook will be available this week at a large nationwide retailer running Windows XP with a 3-cell battery for $399. Tung was mum on the specific retailer, but odds are it’s either Best Buy, Circuit City, or Wal-Mart.

MSI is also readying a new Wind netbook called the Wind U120 that will be aimed at the business market. MSI believes that the business user wants a more industrial looking netbook coupled with more power, and mobile broadband.

To meet the needs of this segment, the U120 will use a 10-inch screen and feature HDD and SSD storage options along with integrated 3.5G connectivity and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The machine will run Windows XP and retail for under $600 when it goes on sale in November or December of this year.

Linux notebooks aren’t faring nearly as well in the netbook market as Windows based systems. Tung reports that MSI has noted that returns on netbooks running Linux are four times as high as those running Windows.

Despite the much higher return rates, MSI does plan to bring the Linux-based Wind to the U.S., though it is exploring different Linux flavors for a better user experience. Tung says MSI has discussed a version of Ubuntu that looks and feels like Mac OS X.

Consumers looking for Wind notebooks have had a hard time finding the netbook with the 6-cell battery. The 6-cell battery is now available and MSI expects the shortage of Intel Atom processors plaguing the netbook industry to be much improved this month. When asked about the rumors of a 9-cell battery, Tung stated that the 9-cell is from a third party, not MSI.

MSI says that the new dual-core Atom processor is not expected to make it into its netbooks because Intel is holding off on the mobile version. Tung expects the processor to be available here in the U.S. in the second half of 2009. Those looking for a new, low-cost desktop computer will be glad to hear that MSI does plan to bring its Wind desktop to the U.S. soon to battle against the Asus Eee Box.

Updated 10/6/2008
Best Buy announced today that it is the B&M retailer that will carry the MSI Wind for $399:

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA -- October 06, 2008 -- MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is excited to announce the MSI Wind U100 Netbbok is now on sale at Bestbuy locations across the country. The Wind, an acronym for "Wi-Fi Network Device," was the first 10" netbook to feature the speedy new Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor

"We are excited to be able to reach our clients through this new channel," said MSI’s Director of U.S. Sales Andy Tung. "By partnering with Best Buy we can introduce more people to the Wind, and meet the needs of the buyers who either don’t want to purchase online or would like to touch and try out our netbook before making a decision."

Weighing in at just 2.3 lbs, MSI designed the Wind to be lightweight and ultra mobile, without sacrificing convenience or performance. The Wind features an ergonomically designed keyboard that is only 20% smaller than a full sized notebook keyboard, with the keys spaced a comfortable 0.68 inches apart.

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speed and price
By Screwballl on 10/6/2008 4:02:08 PM , Rating: -1
or for $350 you can get a basic model laptop from Wally World that has a 2.0-3.0GHz (and usually dual core) CPU, 80-160GB platter hard drive, 1-2GB of RAM, built in wi-fi, and the rest pretty much the same as the rest of the netbooks... ....
So $600 for half the specs or $350 for a faster machine?

RE: speed and price
By Brainonska511 on 10/6/2008 4:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
There targeting a different subset of customers. A comparable sized notebook to the netbook would be about $1000. You don't buy a netbook for the power, you buy it for the portability and battery life for doing basic tasks, like e-mail/web browsing/word processing. That $350 notebook would most likely be a 15.4", 6-7lbs thing....

RE: speed and price
By Brainonska511 on 10/6/2008 4:26:30 PM , Rating: 2
Oops, dumb typo. It should be "They're"

RE: speed and price
By gmyx on 10/6/2008 8:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
As I write this on my MSI Wind U100 /w 6 cell battery all I can say is darn right! This thing is so easy to carry around and use without crushing or cooking my lap.

I bring it with me to work on the bus and can use it with someone beside me and not hit them with my elbows. I use it to browse, e-mail, documentation, VBS scripting and HTML editing - nothing requiring anything strong. Pretty much general office stuff. The screen is just right and easy to see.

I've seen the 'mega' notebooks and they just don't seem like I could use them very long.

P.S. MSI seems to be underestimating the battery life on this thing: They claim 5:30 hours and can get easily 6 hours with certain settings.

RE: speed and price
By Lonyo on 10/6/2008 5:48:46 PM , Rating: 3
Now what's the difference in battery life and portability?
(Hint: it's big)

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