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MSI Wind U100-279US 10-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) White
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Product Description

The Wind, an acronym for Wi-Fi Network Device," features a speedy and energy-efficient Intel Atom 1.6GHz Processor to provide longer operation hours and better mobile lifestyle. This notebook is lightweight and ultra-portable, measuring about 7 inches wide by 10.23 inches long, and weighing just 2.6 pounds. Being small doesn't mean ultra-small keyboard, the Wind features an ergonomically designed keyboard that is only 20% smaller than a full sized notebook keyboard, with keys spaced a comfortable 0.68 inches apart. The Wind comes equipped with a 10" backlit LED screen that provides superior color quality and brightness giving you better comfort while reading reports, watching online videos and viewing photos. In addition, the 1024 x 600 screen resolution can fully display web pages, which makes it ideal for Internet browsing. With the 802.11b/g/n wireless built-in, you can enjoy the convenience of accessing the Internet anywhere and video chat with family and friends with the built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and microphone. Another wireless feature that comes with the Wind is Bluetooth, this enables you to wireless connect to headphones, or other Bluetooth devices making it more convenient by not carrying around a bunch of tangled cords. With the Wind notebook weighting less than 3 pounds, makes it a great second computer to use at school, work and to take on vacations. 10 Widescreen (1024 x 600) LED Backlit Display Two internal Speakers Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and Microphone Built-in 802.11b/g/n Wireless 10/100 Ethernet LAN Integrated Bluetooth 4-in-1 Card Reader - SD, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro 3 x USB 2.0, Headphone out; Microphone-in, VGA, RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions - 10.23 (L) x 7.08 (D) x 1.24 (H) Approximate Unit Weight - 2.6 Pounds

Enjoy ultimate computing mobility with the lightweight yet power-packed MSI Wind U100 Mini Laptop, which features a 10-inch LCD screen for excellent web browsing, Intel's newest low-power processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and familiar Windows XP Home operating system. The crisply and colorfully designed Wind U100 also includes an integrated webcam for video chats and an ergonomically designed keyboard that's makes typing easy.



The MSI Wind U100 in black.
Designed especially for mobile devices, the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor uses a brand new design structure new hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--to conserve energy, giving you more time away from the wall outlet--up to 6 hours with the included 6-cell battery. This model also features a 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB of installed RAM (2 GB max), internal stereo speakers, multi-format memory card reader, three USB ports, and a VGA monitor port. It also includes the next step in Wi-Fi networking with a Draft-N wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n). This model comes in white, but the Wind is also available in pink and black, and it includes a carry bag that matches its color.

Ride With The Wind
The Wind--which stands for for "Wi-Fi Network Device"--offers a number of convenient features that make this mini notebook a highly functional and easily portable laptop PC. The 10-inch LCD screen has a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, which enables you to view full web pages while browsing the Internet. It's also embedded with an LED power-saving backlight technology, which not only helps to lower power usage but also provides richer and brighter colors. The Wind U100 is also equipped with a 1.3-megapixel webcam (placed in the bezel above the LCD) and integrated microphone, allowing you to snap still photos of yourself while on the go for sending via email or join video chats with friends and family.



The keyboard is 20-percent smaller than a standard full-sized keyboard, but offers excellent spacing between keys.


Magnify a portion of the screen for closer viewing of photos or documents.
The ergnomically designed keyboard--just 20 percent smaller than a full-sized keyboard--provides excellent texture and tactile feel when typing, and the keys are spaced at a comfortable 17.5mm width (0.68 inches). Additionally, the ingeniously designed spacebar and 2.1-inch touchpad allow your fingers to move smoothly while avoiding strain.

The Wind U100 also has the ability to magnify text within software--whether it be an Internet browser or office document--with a unique magnifying glass overlay, making it easy to focus in on what you're reading or precisely edit photos.

Finally, your Wind U100 will is constructed using a special Insert Mold Roller (IMR) technology that protects the notebook from fading and also reduces the impact of fingerprints, so the laptop will continue to look brand new.

Processor
The Intel Atom processor uses a brand new design structure that packs in 47 million transistors into a single chip sized at just 22mm (0.87 inches), and it uses just 2.5 watts of power--less than 1/10 of the 35 watts used by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor--for excellent battery management. This 1.6 GHz Atom processor also includes a power-optimized front side bus of 533 MHz for faster data transfer on demanding mobile applications and a 512 KB L2 cache (which temporarily stores data).

Hard Drive
This version of the Wind U100 comes with a 160 GB hard disk drive (5400 RPM), which offers enough to room to hold a digital audio library of over 26,000 songs and still have room left over for movies, games, and a large collection of software. This Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.

Memory
This laptop is installed with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, which has a top-of-class 667 MHz speed. It can be expanded to a maximum of 2 GB. To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.

DVD/CD Drive
Because of its size, the Wind U100 does not come with an integrated optical drive, but optional CD/DVD read/write drives can be connected to the laptop via one of the three USB ports, enabling you to create your music mixes, burn movies to DVD, and more.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This notebook can be wirelessly networked with the integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g/n). Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks, allowing you to link up to home networks as well as Wi-Fi hotspots while on the go. You'll also enjoy wireless connectivity to a wide range of peripherals with the built-in Bluetooth. It comes with the following ports:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 headphone/line-in and 1 microphone/line-out
  • 1 VGA video output (15-pin, D-Sub)
  • 4-in-1 memory card reader, compatible with Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro
  • Fast Ethernet port for a 10/100 connection

Dimensions & Weight
The MSI Wind U100 measures measures 10.23 x 7.08 x 1.24 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 2.6 pounds.

Power
This model of the Wind U100 comes with a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides up to 6 hours of usage. The long battery life is aided by the low power consumption of the Intel Atom processor, as well as MSI's ECO energy-saving technology, which can distribute power intelligently and adjust screen brightness to prolong the operating time of the battery. Using the ECO Engine software, you can choose between five power modes--gaming, movie, presentation, office and turbo battery.

What's in the Box
This package includes the MSI Wind U100 laptop in white, AC adapter, carry bag, and printed instructions. It's backed by a one-year manufacturer's warranty.

Features:
  • Intel Atom 1.6 GHz Processor 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Bus speed 6 Cell Battery 1.3 MP Web Camera Includes protective bag
  • Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Built-in 802.11b/g/n WLAN Card / Bluetooth Supported
  • Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition
  • 160 GB SATA Hard Drive, 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM, 2 GB Max

Customer Reviews:

  • Just Right !
    Well, Goldilocks picked up an 7" Asus eee PC and said "This is bit too small for me"... then she picked up a 13.3" Macbook and proclaimed "This is a little too big"... then she picked up the 10" MSI Wind and said "This one is JUST RIGHT!!!".

    Really, for me this netbook PC represents the "sweet spot" in size and usability. I appreciate that it is loaded with XP rather than Vista. It boots fast, and on the first charge, I got slightly over 5 hours of run time. I was lucky to get the Wind for the lowest price at Amazon!

    Note that the picture shown on the Amazon page is of the 3 cell version, The 6 cell battery pack hangs down below the bottom of the case somewhat. Thickness at the rear of the case is about 1.6 inches. Two additional feet mounted on the battery pack support the rear of the computer. IMHO, the long run time, and the slight upward tip of the rear of the keyboard is worth the extra bulk. Total weight is closer to 2.8 lb with the 6 cell pack....more info
  • A netbook that thinks it's a laptop
    This is by far the best of the netbooks out there. It has many features found in laptops and even most netbooks don't come with all of the features that MSI put into the Wind. It runs for the most part (Office is a bit slower then on my other laptops) as good as my laptops (HP DV6000z and HP TX1320) do and has the same feature set for less then half of what I paid for these laptops.

    The size difference between 8.9 to 10 inch screen is telling, so look before you buy a 8.9 inch.

    The LED backlite as others have testified is simply the best for a laptop/netbook. There is no overcast at the edges like cold cathode types, so you have a pristine view over the entire surface. It actually makes the screen seem larger then it is.

    This is one of the few netbooks that actually has the three standard wireless protocols and bluetooth. Combined with a decent webcam, microphone and speaker, you have a portable office that is really portable.

    I recommend upgrading to a 2gb SODIMM on this unit, remember to first disable the internal RAM, and then insert the 2gb SODIMM. Adding memory to your MSI Wind will not void your warranty per the CEO of MSI when publically asked this by various tech reporters. However, touching anything else will, so wait for your year to expire if you are concerned about warranty issues.

    The 160gb HD is more then adquate, is exceptionally quiet.

    I've read some people installed Vista on this netbook, and did not like it, saying mostly it was slow and not very reponsive. I am running Vista Business, and it is just fine. There are no lagging in response and even Office 2007 runs well considering the massive overhead for Office. If you don't want that overhead, then consider OpenOffice as a good alternative. It's free to download, just google OpenOffice.

    To run Vista (I won't recommend running Ultimate) you should do the memory upgrade. And because this netbook comes with recovery DVD, you can wipe the hard drive and install vista. If you don't like Vista, then you can use the recovery DVD to restore your system. All of the XP drivers for the MSI wind work under Vista, so make sure you download them (so you have the most current version).

    All in all, if you compare feature to feature, this is the best bang for your buck. If your are into SSD then wait for the new models. Otherwise you can't go wrong....more info
  • Compact netbook and lightweight, a true laptop
    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1KAL31UDUVWSC I was fortunate not to miss this deal from amazon. MSI Wind is small and lightweight (2.6 lbs), better that my existing 7-lbs Dell laptop (see my video review). I was amazed to know the boot time is so short. When connected to my Netgear router, its 802.11n (wifi-N) is 135Mbps, surprisingly faster than wired ethernet. My only dissapointment is that this netbook is not design for extensibility. To upgrade the memory requires to unscrew the main body, which voids the warranty. Other than that, I really like it!...more info
  • Just what I wanted
    I read every review I could get my hands on and decided that this was the best machine for travel and as a supplement to my desktop at home and at work. I think it ideal--at least one month out. It's relatively fast, light, well-lit, quiet, connects well to the internet, and the keyboard is not too cramped and good to the touch. My only criticism is the touchpad. I wish it had a little trackball in the middle of the keyboard like the old IBM portables or the Toshiba Protege. Instead, I have to plug in and rely on a mouse. Still, given the price of this item and assuming it lasts, I recommend it most highly....more info
  • Great Netbook! Everything I expected it would be
    I did alot of online research about netbooks and according to the specs and all of the reviews of other netbooks and the MSI Wind I decided to go with the U100. Although the U120 was available I decided to go with the U100 because the memory can be expanded to 2GB. Battery life is great-I get about 5 hrs of continued use, but if it goes into hibernation part of the day while I do other things then I can use it all day (I usually turn down the screen brightness to save battery life). The keyboard is surprisingly usable for extended typing with both hands. I really like the pearl white color, built in webcam, BT, Wi-Fi, card reader, 3USB's,etc. Try finding another netbook with all that and also a 6 cell battery! Just one note: with the 6 cell battery its a little unstable when you sit it down and open the cover. Not sure if the 3 cell is like that; its no problem though- just an observation. Has stable OS, good graphics (not great- 1024x600), and OK sound. Use headphones for better stereo sound. I use it mainly for real estate and office related work and it is perfectly suited for that; clients are amazed when I show up with this little thing and my portable printer to write up contracts! MSI is the way to go. I am very happy and would get another if I needed one.
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  • Love it
    I received my Wind two days ago and so far so good! I find the keyboard really easy to use. I originally purchased the new Dell Mini and did not like the keyboard. It is approximately 1 inch smaller, so that would make the keyboard smaller. The Wind also doesn't get hot at all, as the Dell Mini got pretty warm. Also, the Wind seems to be much faster, although they both were 1 GB RAM.

    When I received it I had problems not getting my wifi connection. I did a search on my PC and saw where someone said to select the F11 with the function button. That was it - connected right away. When I went to write my review I saw there was the first review and that person stated the same thing. So make sure when you do receive your Wind you select FN button and F11 prior to trying to wifi connect.

    I also purchased the package deal Amazon offered ($510 total)with the extra 1gig card. I did a google search and found someone had posted a video on how to install and they said you had to be careful taking the back off. We have tried twice with no success. The one side has a video plug and it just doesn't want to slip off very easy. I may check someone with more experience or may send the card back. I'm finding so far the 1gig seems to be working fast enough. The reason I purchased the extra 1gig was based on the performance of the Dell. This little Wind is so much faster. It took about 20 minutes on the Dell to upload about 250 pictures and the Wind took about 7 minutes!!

    While I do have (am very happy with) a Dell PC and a Toshiba laptop, I wanted this for travelling. I love the 6 cell battery (lasts almost 6 hours) and this little Wind will work perfectly.

    So far (even though only 2 days old) I am extremely happy with this little Wind. ...more info
  • Disappointed!
    I purchased this netbook with high expectations. Unfortunately it did not pan out. From the second I removed it from the packaging, I was underwhelmed:

    The Good:
    * Competitive Pricing
    * Free carry case
    * Can be easily converted to Mac OS
    * Big Hard drive

    The Bad:
    * 6 Cell battery protrudes - image on Amazon is of 3 Cell
    * Laptop weight distribution is not ideal - it always wants to fall backwards onto its lid
    * Heavier than advertised, mine weighed in at 2.8lbs, not a big deal, but more than the 2.6lbs advertised
    * Terrible support site - installing updated drivers from the site requires an engineering degree

    The Ugly
    * Poor Quality - I could be wrong, but it feels as if MSI used a lot of cheap components in building these
    * Battery Defect- would just shut down without warning with 49% of the battery power remaining
    * Lack of true Wireless N - The included card is not 5ghz compatible, therefore it can not be used with my 5ghz Apple Wireless N Time Capsule network

    I would advise anyone who is considering this, to buy from somewhere that allows returns in case it doesn't live up to your expecations....more info
  • great
    I've had this computer for 4 months now and have no complaints. It is small, easy to carry, runs fast, has plenty of memory, and is cute. I had to have a friend help me get it set-up and it comes with no instructions, so be forewarned. I'm not a very computer savvy person. The speakers are weak - not very loud and the sound quality is not that great. I got a bluetooth laser mouse for when I use it longer than 5 minutes. You will probably also need an external CR rom drive - get a slim one. The case is simple and functional. I would not want to use it as my only computer because it is so small and it's easier to use a larger desktop, but it's great for work and travel. ...more info
  • DAMN this thing ROCKS!
    If you are an adult looking for an cheat laptop solution where you will mainly web browsing... download movies from iTunes, music from iTunes, Sling Player any thing not locally installed "mainly" this laptop is PERFECT.

    If you are parent looking at buying a MSI Wind for you child/teenager needing a notebook... I would strongly urge you to look at this product. If you are concerned about the small screen and keyboard.... dont worry just buy a bigger screen and keyboard to solve that.... the reason I say buy it is simple.... the cost of the Wind, flat panel and keyboard will still be cheaper than ANY PC and or MAC..... (you can install MAC OSX on here however you will need to buy a new Wi-Fi card and OSX license.)

    I personally love my Wind running OSX....more info
  • Excellent Value - Sturdy Construction
    Purchased this product 3 weeks ago. The product is attractive, sturdy and fills all household computing needs. Screen size is perfect for needs and keyboard only slightly smaller than standard which is worthy compromise for portability and weight. The instructions for the product are weak and even an experienced computer person like myself could have used help understanding the short-cut and Fn key commands. However, quick calls to their competent customer support resolved any issues.

    I highly recommend netbooks and this is a good one....more info
  • Top Netbook
    I compared MSI Wind with Acer, Asus, Samsung, Dell and HP, and I felt the MSI was the top netbook for my money. I tried the 8.9" Acer One--the screen was too small. I've had my MSI Wind for 2 1/2 mos. and I'm happy with it. It has the brightest screen even when power cord is unplugged; keyboard spacing is good; battery power at 4+ hours with the option to underclock (Fn F10 unplugged) to extend battery; processor speed is respectable plus the option (Fn F10 plugged in) to overclock up to 24%. I added 1GB Crucial DDR2 that Amazon suggested and it works just fine. I had to remove the sticker underneath, to unscrew the bottom cover, with the note that it would invalidate the warranty. I read in the MSI forums that MSI would honor the warranty even after adding the extra memory.

    My MSI Wind U100-279US "came" with a Synaptics touchpad instead of Sentellic, which I didn't know until I installed the Sentellic driver and (luckily?) it didn't work. So I installed the Synaptics driver and, fortunately, it worked. The scroll up-down, right-left touchpad was a deal maker/breaker for my netbook, and I'm extremely glad my Wind came with Synaptics touchpad. Other drivers I had to update were for the webcam and Ralink wireless from the MSI website. Both worked well. The Ralink draft-N is pretty fast as I'm able to connect at 135 mbps with my DLink N router. Actually, wireless N was one of the features that I favored in the MSI which no other brand had. However, at first, it would disconnect overnight but after I read MSI forums I adjusted the Windows Wireless Power Saving mode to CAM (Continuously Aware Mode) and that fixed it. Wi-fi catcher and wi-fi connection is quite good. I just wonder why MSI didn't install the Synaptics, webcam and Ralink drivers to begin with and I had to install it myself. But so long as the MSI website had the drivers and the MSI forums provided guidance, overall I'm satisfied with my Wind. I rated it 4 stars because of the extra work required after purchase. My experience with this MSI Wind is positive....more info
  • Love my Wind!
    I researched Netbooks for a few weeks (read until my eyes burned!) before making a decision on one. What I wanted was something inexpensive, super portable and simple to use, especially when traveling.

    One of the reasons I chose this model is because the RAM can be upgraded, which I did (took 5 mins). Adding 1GB of RAM cost me $15 (from a local store). I searched YouTube and followed along with a simple, informative video. You will need to puncture a sticker over one of the screws to remove the back cover which states your warranty will be void, but MSI says they will still honor the warranty as long as you don't modify anything else inside.

    The boot up is so quick compared to my desktop. I also cleaned out some of the unnecessary programs from the start-up to make it boot up and run even faster. With the extra RAM, I'm running Norton Internet Security just fine. I prefer Windows XP, so I wont be installing Vista any time soon. If you want to upgrade to Vista, you'll NEED to upgrade the RAM first in order to run it. I don't care for IE so I installed Firefox, no problems. A trial version of Office 2007 comes preloaded, but I downloaded Open Office (free office suite) to use instead and that's also working fine.

    Yeah, the speakers stink. I knew that before purchasing it though. My headphones work and sound fine with it. Make sure you visit the MSI website and update your drivers. I've read many times that they're needed especially for the touchpad, wireless and Bluetooth functions.

    My battery is lasting 4-5 hours with regular use, there is an Eco setting to get more life out of your battery (Fn F10 while unplugged, power LED turns green). Don't forget, Fn-F11 to turn ON the wireless, which is not automatically on when you first take it out of the box. However, thereafter it does stay on unless you turn it back off OR remove the battery pack. Pressing Fn-F11 again engages the Bluetooth. There are 4 options here, keep pressing the Fn-F11 keys until you get the combination of wireless and Bluetooth that you want, as indicated by the LEDs. I pick up an 'excellent' signal from my router all over the house and outside. I just recently traveled with it for the first time and was able to pick up other wireless signals as well as public WiFi with no problems.

    I purchased a small (Rocketfish - Best Buy product) laser mouse with a nano USB adapter for what I thought was a decent price... Love It! The USB adapter is nice and small, sticks out the side of the unit only 1/4" as opposed to the other ones that stick out probably 1.5" - 2". However, when I downloaded the Synaptics touchpad driver, I was unable to utilize the advanced functions of the touchpad. I read in the FAQs on the Synaptics website that if a secondary mouse is installed, the advanced functions on the touchpad would be disabled. Their resolution was to uninstall the secondary device. Well, I like my wireless mouse, so I'll forego the extra functions (left side corner options) on the touchpad. Right side corner-tap functions works fine though, for engaging the scroll feature. Maybe there is a way to make the touchpad work to it's full ability along with my wireless mouse installed, but I was not able to figure that out.

    I really like the matte screen, great color and clarity with no glare! The screen is wide enough to display the full width of a web page, but shorter than a standard monitors view. Another reason I chose this model was for the keyboard. It's larger than other brands and I'm able to type on it just fine. The smaller size period and comma haven't been much of an issue so far. The touchpad IS super sensitive but can be turned off (Fn-F3) when you are doing a lot of typing or while using a mouse. Yet another reason I chose this one was because it's white. No pesky finger prints, looks nice and clean all the time. And so cute!

    Netbooks do not come with a CD drive (not yet, at least). You can buy an external CD/DVD drive if you must have one, but another option is to network your netbook and your desktop, then share the desktop's CD drive with the network. That's what I did, works perfectly and cost me $0. It's not quite as convenient to require the desktop for installing software from a CD, but its cheaper overall and one less thing to haul with me on a plane. You can also use a flash drive to move files into the netbook.

    I'm extremely pleased with my Wind (U100-279). It's exactly what I wanted, very portable and plenty efficient for my needs. I definitely recommend it. My only complaint with MSI and their product in general is the lack of written instruction. Even the manual (pdf format) contained very little technical information. The good thing is, the information IS out there on the net if you look for it. That said and speaking in regards to functionality, this machine is great.
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  • Everything works well except...
    The product is great, I got it for my girlfriend for her BDay. There aren't of preloaded software which I like, and it comes with XP which I like. The only complaint that I have and made me give a 4 instead of 5 star is because of the slow FPS on the built-in camera. I use Skype a lot and wanted to see a faster FPS. I use amazon a lot because I like to review products, especially electronics with one another before investing my money.

    Pros:
    Fast
    Not a bunch of extras
    Good lasting battery
    Clean look (not too fancy, the Samsung NC-10 looks clean feature wise)

    Cons:
    Slow FPS built-in Camera
    The Right shift button could have been made smaller to keep the regular size of the period and comma and backslash button.

    If I were to buy another netbook, I might try looking at the Samsung NC10 as I heard that the speed is awesome, again I would like a faster FPS camera built into these netbooks....more info
  • Wonderful Netbook!
    I purchased the MSI Wind U100 (running Windows XP) as a second computer to allow me to sit anywhere in my house and web surf, write, play online poker, learn Spanish (using Rosetta Stone) and play some older computer games. The Wind has allowed me to do all of those things. If not for problems with the supplied wireless card, my rating of this computer would have been a perfect "5." (Having wireless issues is a significant problem for a device purchased for its portability!)

    Additional purchases:
    - 1GB RAM (I ran my Wind for 2 weeks using 1GB RAM and things were fine. I installed the additional 1GB RAM, for 2GB total, just to have the extra memory.)
    - Intel Pro/wireless 3945ABG Network Card (mini-pci express) - see my comments below under "cons"
    - external DVD/CD burner - see my comments below under "cons"

    Pros:
    -lightweight (about 3 lbs w/6 cell battery)
    -small size
    -keyboard is comfortable to use
    -LED screen is bright and sharp
    -screen size/resolution (1024x600) allows webpages to be viewed without side scrolling
    -6 cell battery offers approx. 4 hours of run time
    -application performance is excellent for web browsers, text editors, "office" applications and Norton Internet Security 2009
    -other applications that run/perform well: online poker apps (Poker Stars/Full Tilt), Rosetta Stone, Future Pinball (3-D pinball simulator) and Ghost Recon (2001).

    Cons:
    -Ralink wireless card (one of three brands that ship with the Wind) had chronic problems maintaining a strong connection with my home wireless network. Web browsing was literally impossible over wireless, due to the connection dropping out. I spent a lot of time trying to resolve this problem...installed the latest drivers; used the Ralink supplied wireless connection tool; reconfigured my wireless router...nothing worked. BTW, a MacBook and Dell Inspiron 1505e have had no problems connecting to my wireless network, so it's definitely a problem with the Ralink card. To solve my problem, I replaced the card with a Intel Pro/wireless 3945ABG Network Card (mini-pci express) and my wireless connection is now perfect.
    -Trackpad is a bit small and may take some getting used to; also the trackpad on my Wind does not include vertical/horizontal scrolling capabilities
    -Built-in speakers are barely adequate (expect to use headphones for listening to music or for gaming)
    -lack of a built-in DVD/CD burner is a "con" only to the extent that you may need access to a DVD player in order to load some software (as I did with Rosetta Stone), or to play a movie that is on DVD, or copy music from an audio CD. If you need the DVD player, plan to add the cost of purchasing an external player into your total cost.
    -The web cam was not set up to work "out of the box." I had to go to MSI's website and download the latest driver and web cam utility/app. Once I had installed the application the camera worked fine.

    This is a wonderful computer! With a replacement wireless card (Intel Pro/wireless 3945ABG) installed, this computer fulfills all of my personal requirements for a laptop computer--small, lightweight, highly portable and runs all the programs that I use daily. NOTE: I would NOT recommend this computer to folks who are uncomfortable configuring and upgrading a computer--I spent a fair amount of time working with the wireless card (installing drivers and eventually installing a new card) and web cam....more info
  • Excellent, but I wish that Acer made a 10" model
    I traded up to this from an Aspire 1, because the MSI has a more generous screen, which is 10" non-glare for the MSI Wind, and that's quite the difference.
    In stock condition, the MSI is simply not as easy to use as the Acer. However, the MSI is field serviceable and backed by an excellent service dept; wheras the Acer is neither. For instance, it takes 2 hours to upgrade RAM on the Acer; but, it only takes 8 minutes to upgrade the RAM on the MSI.
    The MSI's Ralink wireless card was a lot of nonsense, fortunately, I was able to acquire an Atheros for a minimal price. Installation was simple plug-in, and of course it works better *without* the hookup backwards (it was backwards from the factory). The wireless now reaches 1/3rd of a city block. I also installed an extra gigabyte of Kingston ram. That was really easy. Its like just a small philips screwdriver, slip a credit card round the edge of the case, and then plug in the upgrades.
    And, of course, I uninstalled all of the trial-ware that had weighed it (both) down. It now runs Firefox, AVG anti-virus and Zone Alarm 5.5 (great free combo for portable fast security).
    This laptop has its own fan club and forum. There's lots of custom options. For instance, the Windstille custom heatsink from Germany, a simple 10 ohm resistor in series with the fan, and MSI's own updated bios, in combination, sends the laptop up to 2 ghz speeds, while also running cool and silent (thanks to that little resistor). Level of difficulty is minimal--easier than a desktop PC, and now every bit as fast.
    Despite the tiny size, this machine is field-serviceable, which is an absolutely brilliant design from MSI. The speed is much faster than the average netbook--even out of the box its faster.
    Believe it or not, the hardware is so stable and compatible that you can even make an image backup with the classic version of Norton Ghost, right onto a USB thumb drive. How cool is that? This is 100% natively compatible hardware. That's not the only 100% score this makes. . .
    The onboard sound chip, a Realtek, doesn't have a line in port. However, using digital loopback to measure, MSI makes a perfect score on RightMark Audio Analyzer. It takes a really stable computer to get a Realtek chip or any computer sound of any price, to an audiophile level score. Never seen that with a Realtek, and wouldn't have believed it. The MSI will hook up to a hi-fi with a simple cable, and you can REALLY enjoy your MP3's. ;) Teleconferencing is flawless (after loading the updated webcam drivers). Also, the lan port is flawless and extremely fast. The USB ports also have very good speed.
    You get brilliant video, excellent sound, long battery life, an easy time of popping in a 1gb ram chip (for top-notch speed), a quality hard drive, rock-steady stability, and a slick, FAST little netbook. This is so much more useful than a full size laptop, because this little computer can go with you everywhere. It even comes with a matching padded satchel at no extra charge!
    I'm very pleased with this computer. ...more info
  • Head-turning netbook
    Well, this is a great product. Feels solid, the only thing is the mouse pad is horrible for scrolling but you get use to it easy. I am not surprised the price is going sky high on this thing. Brought it from Amazon for 474, plus free shipping. ...more info
  • Great Portable Notebook, Some Awkward Features
    I've had this notebook for about 3 months. Use it constantly at home and school.

    Pros:
    -Lightweight, incredibly portable
    - Fast (boot-up and operation - even with lots of programs open)
    -Battery lasts 4 hours at least (prob cause the thing isn't running that much, but still ...)
    -Keyboard not too small, despite the compact design
    -Flips opens really far back so you can always find a good angle - even outside
    -Great looking - I get tons of comments on campus, looks way more expensive than it is
    -Comes with a padded, zippered case

    Cons:
    -No scroll bar on the mouse pad (can't believe what a pain this is - who would have thought?!)
    -Have to press a function key to use End/Home keys (this makes a difference if you write a lot of papers/reports/etc. that need editing)
    -Right/Left mouse button are one button and this sometimes feels awkward or is hard to hold down - this is esp. important because there is no scroll bar on the mouse pad so you end up clicking the side scroll on the screen a lot

    Overall, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I have completely given up using my 15 inch HP notebook and use the Wind all the time. The best computer for the money you can get....more info