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All posts tagged "MSI Wind"


Thursday, November 27, 2008

WiMax Wherever You Are With the MSI Wind U120

Posted by Richard OKane in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://laptoplogic.com/news/msi-announces-u120-10

"MSI has officially announced the WIND U120 Netbook for the U.S. market. The U120 will feature integrated WiMAX or 3.5G wireless (optional) and this is what separates it from the existing WIND netbooks already available. In addition to regular netbook features, the U120 will come with a 6-cell battery, 802.11n WiFi and even integrated Bluetooth. Rest of the technical specs for the WIND U120 are fairly standard."

These little netbooks are certainly coming along! They've got all the specs of their bigger brothers, and in some cases, the same price. I can't see myself ever buying one as my I love my iPhone and it does everything I need it to. However, if you are in the market for a netbook, this should be on your list. Why? WiMax. Imagine being able to access the fast mobile data networks! Internet at your fingertips. Pure bliss!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Return Rates of Linux-Based Netbooks At Least 4x Higher Than Windows XP-based Netbooks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:37 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/msi-wind-...els-coming-soon

"We have done a lot of studies on the return rates and haven't really talked about it much until now. Our internal research has shown that the return of netbooks is higher than regular notebooks, but the main cause of that is Linux. People would love to pay $299 or $399 but they don't know what they get until they open the box. They start playing around with Linux and start realizing that it's not what they are used to. They don't want to spend time to learn it so they bring it back to the store. The return rate is at least four times higher for Linux netbooks than Windows XP netbooks."

That's a quote from MSI's Director of Sales, Andy Tung, and it doesn't surprise me in the slightest. The average consumer tends not to embrace change very well when it comes to their computing experience - many people don't conceptually understand how software works, so they rely instead on rote memory, essentially memorizing through repetition how to do things. When you change the user interface, these types of computers users tend to become easily lost and frustration ensues. Just look at the reaction to Windows Vista and Office 2007 - with the people I've spoken to, when I drill down on their complaints, at the root of them all is the same thing: things were moved, things were changed, and now they don't know how to do anything. Linux on Netbooks is a great example of this principle in action: they think they're going to like it, but when they realize how different it is from Windows XP, they're no longer so excited about their netbook and back it goes.


Friday, October 24, 2008

MSI Wind BIOS Update Provides CPU Overclocking

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/24/...rclocking-easy/

"We've long since known that MSI was a fan of overclocking. After all, just about every last one of its gaming notebooks come with one-button OC'ing courtesy of the Turbo Drive Engine technology. Now, it seems that the company is giving the spoils once reserved for the Crysis crowd to those with netbooks, or more specifically, the Wind. The freshly released (and absolutely official) v1.09 BIOS update enables simple overclocking by mashing Fn+F10, giving users the ability to push things 8%, 15% or 24% beyond their normally specified limits. Electric Feel over at ElectricVagabond has found that the update provides up to a 30% boost in performance..."

While it might seem strange to overclock a netbook, the fact that it's so easy and can be done from within Windows means that it's highly practical to crank the CPU up when you're using an application that takes more grunt. I haven't loaded up Photoshop Elements or Lightroom on my MSI Wind, so I doubt I'll be overclocking it, but it's nice to know that I can do so if I wish. I wonder what it does to the battery life though? Heck, I'd prefer to underclock the CPU once I was in Word 2007 typing up a document if it meant saving some battery life.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Take a Look at the MSI Wind U120

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/09/...-gets-pictured/

"Considering that MSI's Wind U120 is on track for release this quarter, it follows logic that we'd see a few press shots as the run-up to launch continues. Once again, we're told that this bugger will sport a 120GB HDD (or a 20GB / 40GB SSD), 802.11n WiFi and built-in 3.5G WWAN. As you can easily see, the U120 isn't too much different (style wise) from the U100, and unfortunately, it's not a whole lot thinner either. Still, the unit does look a bit more edgy, and hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more (read: in the wild) shots as December comes closer."

Nothing spectacular in the looks department, but as long as they keep the feature/performance/size/price ratio's in line, it should be a go.

Tags: Netbook, MSI Wind

Friday, September 5, 2008

MSI Wind Unboxing & First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:38 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiJXYIlgm8M

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the MSI Wind, a small 2.3 pound netbook with a 10" screen at 1024 x 600 resolution. It features an Intel Atom 1.6 Ghz CPU, 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB), 802.11 b/g, three USB ports, VGA out, and an 80 GB hard drive. I paid $554 CAD + tax for it.

The version I ordered was supposed to be a black MSI Wind with a 6-cell battery, but instead it's a white MSI Wind with a 3-cell battery. Join me for the fun of an unboxing of the wrong product! I ended up returning this to the computer store I bought it from because it was the wrong version, but I plan on re-ordering an MSI Wind when they release the version with the 6-cell battery. I was extremely impressed with the build quality, the screen quality, and the performance. At 50% brightness the screen was as bright as many laptops in a normally lit room, and the performance of the Intel Atom chip shocked me - I wasn't expecting to be able to play 720p WMV files without a hitch (it choked on 720p h.264 files though).


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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

MSI Wind Starting to Blow into Town

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/31/...n-shipping-for/

"We just got to handle the new laptop, and we think MSI might have a winner here. The laptop is shipping with SUSE Linux exclusively to start, with an XP version in the works, and boots quite rapidly to the full OS. SUSE has never looked better, and we think these two might be quite the pair. MSI has kept the full keyboard of the 10-inch Wind, and merely bumped up the bezel while cutting the price; all the other specs are the same. MSI is planning on shipping this at the end of September or beginning of October for 339 Euro (no word on a US release)."

I'm really down to this and the Dell (whenever they get around to releasing it) as a potential replacement for my first gen Eee. The larger screen and bigger keyboard will be welcome additions as long as the price is right.

Tags: Netbook, MSI Wind

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Tech Report Reviews MSI's Wind Netbook

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 AM

http://techreport.com/articles.x/15291/1

"With variants of the Eee PC dominating the burgeoning netbook market, it seems as though every manufacturer is now rushing to squeeze out its variant on the theme...The Wind U100 sits as a sort of standard bearer for this new wave of netbooks. It's a remarkably balanced piece of engineering, delivering on nearly all of MSI's early promises. But rather than facing off against the original Eee PC, the Wind must now contend with a fresh batch of rivals, including HP's Mini-Note, Acer's Aspire one, and new Eee PC 900 and 1000 series models from Asus. Keep reading to see whether MSI has crafted a worthy competitor in the U100, and whether the system is a compelling netbook in its own right."

This is the netbook that I've ordered for myself...well, the 6-cell battery version, not the 3-cell version they reviewed here. As much as I loved the design of the HP 2133 Mini Note, having both an under-powered processor incapable of playing DVD-resolution video and only having 90 minutes of battery life (at best) was just too much in the way of compromise. After look at the Acer Aspire One and the MSI Wind, I settled on the MSI Wind - but looking at the review of the Asus EEE PC 1000, I'm suddenly feeling a bit torn. I'm not interested in the SSD version, so I'd get the 1000H version, which I can get locally for $549 - right around the same price as the MSI Wind. The hardware is damn near identical, so it comes down to things like the screen, the battery life, etc. Choices, choices...


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

September Launch for Intel's Dual Core Atom

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:34 AM

http://www.dailytech.com/Report+Int...rticle12720.htm

"Regardless of what internal opinion of the Atom processor is at Intel, the roadmap for the processor is moving forward and the next stop is the dual core Atom 330 desktop processor. Like its Atom 230 sibling, the Atom 330 is based on Intel's 45nm fab process and will incorporate HyperThreading technology -- in the case of the Atom 330, the processor will appear to have four cores within the operating system. According to Register Hardware, the dual core Atom 330 processors will be soldered onto Intel's upcoming 945GX-based D945GCLF2 motherboard which supports up to 2GB of DDR2 memory."

Normally I'd be excited about this, but just last week I placed a pre-order for the MSI Wind with a 6-cell battery...and now this new dual-core CPU looks like it would be pretty sweet. Although it's hard to say what would happen to the power consumption and pricing of the MSI Wind if it came with one of these CPUs. My personal circumstances aside, it's great to see more performance coming in these ultra-low power processors.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Installing OSX Leopard on your MSI Wind

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.modaco.com/content/asus-...nd-advent-4211/

"I recently got an Advent 4211 variant of the MSI Wind (identical hardware, different colour) from PC World at a bargainous £279.99 (considerably cheaper than the MSI version!). Of course, the first thing I did was upgrade the 80GB hard drive to a 160GB one (same vendor, same model!) that I had lying around, chucked in an extra 1GB DDR2 667MHz SODIMM (bringing the total to 2GB), and then my thoughts turned to which OS to run on it! Although it ships with the perfectly likable Windows XP SP3, I really wanted to know if the machine, with it's respected Intel Atom processor, was up to the job of running OSX Leopard, my operating system of choice. As it turns out, it's running really well.... and this is my guide to getting your Wind running it too."


If you've gotten your hands on the MSI Wind but aren't stoked about the OS, Paul has an exhaustive, 48-step process for getting OSX Leopard installed instead.

Tags: MSI Wind

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