Base price: $419
With a nearly full-size keyboard (92 percent) and a spacious 10-inch screen thats visually crisp (with a matte display), the MSI Wind is a nicely designed machine. Fortunately the more recent release of this netbook provides a six-cell battery, so youll be equipped on the go.
A nice touch: in an effort to alleviate the strain of a small netbook screen, the MSI Wind comes with software that magnifies small text. Who says you can work with small detail on a netbook screen?
The MSI Wind has a bit of a cult following because its available pre-installed with SUSE Linux (though most commonly its sold with Windows XP). If youre looking for the really low cost option, chose the smaller 8.9 inch screen and the Linux version. Youll enjoy a big smile as your friends tell you how much more they spent.
Some users complain about the small trackpad (a mere 2. x 1.7 inches) and the mouse button, which uses a single surface as both the right and left click control. On the flip side, the Shift, Backspace and Enter keys are good-sized. And the MSI Wind is generally considered a visually attractive fashionable accessory, with a snazzy, compact design.
No, the MSI Wind doesnt really offer any special feature that sets it above the competition, and yet this compact unit keeps up with the competition. The six-cell battery helps.
In a significant honor, PC Magazine dubs the MSI Wind as the Editors Choice in the UMPC category.
Laptop magazines review praises the MSI Wind strongly, saying f there were a Survivor: The Mini-Notebook series, and each of the ultralow-cost notebooks were incrementally eliminated, the MSI Wind NB would be the one left standing.
CNET is less glowing about the MSI Wind, but it does opine that the netbook Strikes [the] optimal Netbook balance between portability and usability.
The MSI Wind (photos courtesy of MSI)
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