|Screen Size||10 inches|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11B|
MSI Wind U100-053US 10-Inch Mini Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) Black
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- Contains MSI Wind U100 10? Mini Notebook, 6-Cell Lithium-ion Battery, 65W AC power adapter, Carrying Bag
- Intel Atom 1.6 GHz Processor
- 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Bus speed
- 1024 MB DDR2 (PC2-5300) RAM Max - 2 GB
- 80 GB SATA Hard Drive
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The screen resolution is limited to 1024 x 600, which is very usable, but it would be nice if it had options to go to a higher resolution to mitigate the size. Some applications are too large at this resolution to use with ease due to the increased need to scroll up and down.
The laptop is actually smaller than my day planner. And, the weight is low, but the laptop does not feel cheap. The hinges were something I worried about before buying the laptop, as my previous laptop had a hinge problem. But, the hinges are strong.
The ports on the laptop are very convenient with the exception of the power connection. It is on the side of the laptop, and with the small width of the laptop makes the power connection vulnerable to wear and tear when you use the laptop on anything other than a table-like surface. USB ports are USB 2.0, and there are three. The VGA port works well.
The laptop's sound a bit anemic, but that is standard for most laptops.
The keyboard is slightly smaller than a normal keyboard, but nowhere near as small as the Asus Eee keyboard. It's easy to move from a regular sized keyboard and back from the MSI without having errant keystrokes from muscle memory issues.Read more ›
Well, at least until the novelty wore off. After awhile the 7" screen and tiny keyboard drove me nuts. The EEE had a special place in my heart, but it was hardly practical. I fortunately sold it before the new crop of Atom-based processors came out, still hoping for a future machine that would "get it right."
The MSI Wind gets it right. The screen is just the right size, the battery life is terrific, build quality is solid, and the keyboard is a joy to use. After evaluating everything from the Acer Aspire One, the 901 and 1000 series Asus EEEs, all the way to the Dell Mini 9 (which I ordered -- and canceled after trying the Wind), this is the clear winner.
From a geek perspective, this is a fun machine to mod. I upgraded RAM to 2GB ($20), bought a new 250GB Scorpio hard drive on Amazon ($80), and then created a dual-boot Windows XP and OS X Leopard machine... Yeah, that's right, this baby runs the Mac OS like a dream. Do a search for MSIWindosX.iso and read up if you're so technically inclined. After replacing the internal wireless with a surplus Dell card that has a Mac-recognized Broadcom chip($15), I've got the only-to-be-dreamed-of 10", sub-3lb. MacBook that Apple never made... Much cheaper than the compromise of the Air.
Note: making this a Mac breaks the license of the OS X EULA. It also requires a fair bit of technical savvy.
I have wanted a system like this ever since the EEE PCs came out a couple of years ago, but I didn't think a 7" screen was big enough. So, this year when the larger 9" and 10" screens were announced I eagerly kept track of each system as it was unveiled, read the reviews, and also read the comments of folks as they bought the various netbooks.
When the Wind was announced I was pretty much hooked. I've used MSI's motherboards for years and have been very happy with their products. The Wind had everything I wanted hardware-wise with an Atom processor, 10" non-shiny screen (I tried a 9" netbook in a store and decided I wanted the larger screen size), 1GB ram, decent-sized hard disk drive (I had decided I didn't want SSD as I could put that in later), bluetooth, 1.3mp camera, 6 cell battery, etc.
By the end of the Summer my choices had come down to the Wind or Lenovo's S10. What eventually made me buy the Wind were things that might seem innocuous, but are important to me as I would be using this netbook on a daily basis. The reviews said it ran really cool and it had a fairly standard keyboard layout (on other netbooks the right shift is in an odd place and this matters to me as I am a fast touch typist). In addition, there is a robust user community (msiwind.net) and someone has already written up the instructions (and problems) for installing the version of Linux I plan to ultimately use. Also, it looks to me like it is not difficult to do hardware upgrades on the Wind.
I am sure the other netbooks are fine products, but I have no regrets and am delighted with my purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this Wind 100 for a little over a week and have yet to find a reason not to love the little guy. Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by T. B. O'Brien
Someone at MSI, really did their homework. I love my wife's Acer 8' , but I love my Wind is even more. Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by moondogie66
Al principio dudaba sobre la funcionalidad de una pantalla de 10 pulgadas. Sin embargo, en cuando empecé a utilizar esta computadora mis dudas desaparecieron. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Federico Mora
It was everything that most of the reviews said it was. Great display, great keyboard, nicely built.. BUT...
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I travel for work, and require a personal computer while on the road (to pay bills, manage personal e-mail accounts, surf the web, etc. Read morePublished on November 11, 2008 by J.D.
I bought this netbook for the sole reason of taking notes during classes. It's small and comes with its own soft case which makes it perfect for sliding in a bag whenever you... Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by Ryan Kortmann
Works well. No problems. Bought portable cd/dvd burner that works great. Battery great. SOUND very weak.Published on November 2, 2008 by Thomas Walsh
I am disabled and use to have a PDA to keep track of everything. The PDA was getting to dificult to see and enter info. so I purchased the MSI wind and I love it. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by A. Adrian
What can I say? I have been in the market for netbook for a while and after constant research and comparing I went with the MSI Wind U100. Read morePublished on October 29, 2008 by D. Torres
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