MSI Wind gets priced

But how does it compare to the Asus Eee PC?

The MSI Wind is now available to pre order in the UK

Reseller Expansys has released pricing for one of the year’s hotly-awaited notebook launches, the MSI Wind. Now that cheap ultraportables are in vogue thanks to the Asus Eee PC, MSI’s Intel Atom-based marvel is sure to cause a bit of a stir alongside the VIA-based HP Mini-Note 2133.

The latter runs Vista Business, but MSI has stuck to XP and Linux for their 10-inch LED backlit ultraportable. You can preorder the 1.6GHz XP Home model with an 80GB hard drive, 1GB of memory and a webcam plus Wi-Fi for £350.  Linux fans can get their version for £320. White, black and pink variants will be sold.

These models are expensive up against the older 4G Eee PC – especially the newer £250 XP variant, but compare more favourably to the EeePC 900, especially when you consider the newer generation processor. The EeePC 900 Win has a 12GB SSD and Windows XP installed, while the EeePC 900 vanilla version has Linux and a 20GB SSD.

Both are £329, so the choice of Windows bizarrely costs you storage space – unlike with the standard 2.5-inch drive-bearing Wind.

If you live in the US, you can get an export version of the Wind for $610 (via Expansys-usa). The Wind will also ship in an 8.9-inch version.

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