If you’re waiting for the upcoming MSI Wind looks like you’ll be waiting a bit longer still–it’s been delayed again.
The problem? Battery shortages.
According to MSI, they “went from 6 to 3-cells in hopes of getting to market faster, but the batteries have become a bottleneck.”
The new ship date is expected to be July 7th…keep your fingers crossed…
While Windows XP prepares to leave desktop and traditional notebook computers and begin a new life on UMPC’s (like the Asus Eee PC and MSI Wind), Microsoft has announced that they will be supporting the OS through at least the year 2014. This support will include security patches and critical updates.
This is a good time to remind everyone that June 30th will be the last day to buy a retail copy of Windows XP, so if you don’t have it yet but want it better think about ordering it soon.
Bill Veghte, senior vice president at Microsoft, says “our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years.”
And that Windows Vista sucks (oops). Honestly, user satisfaction is around 33% according to the last figure I saw, so 67% or so of Vista users are satisfied.
It’s nice that the majority of Vista users are satisfied, but to have so many people unhappy with the most important piece of software on their computer–the operating system–is bad.
[Via Download Squad]
The MSI Wind was supposed to be shipping today but looks like MSI has hit a little snag and the Intel Atom-based UMPC now won’t be shipping until June 27th.
No word on exactly what the reason for the delay is but hopefully this ship date isn’t missed too…
A bit late to the party, Dell is preparing to launch a new, smaller Inspiron mini notebook computer to compete with the likes of the Asus Eee PC, MSI Wind, etc.
Not much is known yet about the system but it is expected to launch by August of this year and feature an 8.9-inch display and no function keys–the F1, F2, etc. keys will be dropped.
The mini Inspiron will likely be using Intel’s Atom processor and be available with either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux.
MSI has announced that they are working on a new version of their Wind UMPC that will be aimed at business users.
All we know so far is that it will be thinner than the current version and have a lot of the same components of the current Wind model, so it will be running the same Intel Atom processor.
The focus of the new Wind will be on design and functionality that appeals to business users.
They have no plans on competing with the Apple Air from a specifications perspective, that that’s the general idea–small and light.
Expect the business version of the Wind to be released at CES in January.
MSI is also working on a new handheld device that will be smaller than a mini-laptop and likely feature a 7-inch screen and slide-out keyboard for users that want to surf the web while on the go. Sounds a bit like the Nokia Internet Tablets.
When you think of the processor inside of a UMPC, you probably think of a chip by Via or Intel–after all, it’s their processors that are powering Asus Eee PC’s and the MSI Wind.
Visitors at the AMD booth today at Computex Taipei found out that AMD is working on their own solution to allow UMPC makers to produce an AMD-based system.
There aren’t a whole lot of details out right now, but a company called Malata is currently building a system using an unknown AMD chip which is presumably part of AMD’s new solution.
Look for systems using this new AMD hardware in the second half of this year with a price of less than $400.
We already know almost everything there is to know about the MSI Wind, but today MSI is officially announcing it’s launch.
In case you haven’t been following it, the Wind is an Asus Eee PC alternative whose specs include:
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
- 512MB of RAM for Linux version, 1GB for Windows version
- 80GB hard drive
- 3-cell battery for Linux version, 6-cell battery for Windows XP version
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
Laptop Magazine got their hands on the Windows version of the Wind and call it “the best all-around mini-notebook to date.”
The found the pros of the 2.6 pound notebook to be:
- Relatively large 10-inch screen
- Fast boot time (34 seconds)
- Long battery life (over 5 hours)
- Conformable keyboard
- One-touch TurboDrive CPU overclocking
Not all is perfect, of course. They didn’t care for the single-bar mouse, below-average wireless throughput and limited tech support with no toll-free number.
The pros, however, far outweigh the cons and they gave the Wind their editors choice award.
Look for the Windows XP model to ship on June 16th for $499 and the Linux version to ship later this summer for $399.
For more info, pics and benchmark scores check out Laptop Magazine’s full review here.
Come June 3rd I’m sure we’ll start to see a lot of review’s of MSI’s Wind UMPC (that’s when the Wind is officially released), but for now we’re left with a couple of mini-reviews from CNET UK and Laptop Magazine.
Early word? “One kickass system.”
They can’t talk performance numbers or about the systems chipset until 4am EST on June 3rd, but they can say that “as far as the Wind’s hardware goes, we are seriously impressed. As for performance, here is a hint, it is equally, if not more, impressive.”
They love the screen and the keyboard but the trackpad is too cramped and they compare it to the trackpad on the Asus Eee PC 4G.
Look for more info in a few days.
Courtesy of Japanese website Impress, we have benchmarks of the much talked about Intel Atom processor and the MSI Wind PC (the tiny desktop computer, not the Asus Eee PC competitor).
How did it do?
The 1.33HGz Atom did manage to beat both the 900MHz and 630MHz in PCMark05 1.20 but in the benchmark suites CPU Score test the Atom fell in between the two Celerons.
The Atom is designed more for saving on power than winning benchmarks, but if you are thinking about picking up a computer with an Atom chip you might want to take a good look at a few reviews first before jumping on one.
I have three slow computers right now so personally I’m not so keen on getting another one but we’ll see…maybe some later reviews will give me a good reason to pick up up an Atom-powered device.
Sure, the MSI Wind UMPC got priced a few days ago by UK online retailer eXpansys but that was for a version that could be exported to the US.
For its official US release the Wind will be going for $399 for the Linux version, and $549 for the Windows XP version. It’s worth mentioning that while MSI will be making a version of the Wind with an 8.9-inch screen and another with a 10-inch screen, only the 10-inch model will be coming to the US.
The Linux version will be running SUSE Linux and will feature:
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
- 512 MB of RAM
- 80GB hard drive
- 3-cell battery rated for 2.5 hours
The pricier Windows XP version will add:
- 512MB more memory for 1GB total
- Larger 6-cell battery rated for 5.5 hours
You’ll also have your choice of four colors: black, white, silver and pink
Look for these to each be available on July 3rd.
For a bit more info check out this post at LAPTOP Magazine.