MSi Wind First Impression
I got the tiny MSi Wind Netbook last night. It's a pretty awesome computer; something I can really carry with me on the go. Here is my first impression of the MSi Wind U100-279US Netbook.
- The AC power block is extremely small, yet still supplies 20 volts at 2 amps. All notebook power supplies should be this small.
- There are three USB ports. Yay!
- Build-in web cam and microphone input. Perfect for me to bond with my wife and babies on my next business trip.
- It can run Mac OS X.
- Built-in Bluetooth.
- The power consumption is low enough for me to run as a server (search for my Kill-a-Watt notebook measurements on this site).
- It can be the only computer some folks own. Based on my impression, netbooks are definitely powerful enough to be some people's only computer.
- White . . . I'm not too crazy about white.
- Adding and replacing the RAM, hard drive, and wireless network card requires removing the entire back panel, therefore voiding the warranty; because you need to break the warranty sticker to pull off the back panel.
- The position of the Fn and Ctrl keys should be swapped.
- Bundled Windows XP Home rather than Windows XP Professional.
- Screen feels lower and smaller due to the way the LCD hinge is designed. It feels lower than the keyboard.
- The extended battery is difficult to insert and remove.
- Non-standard 1024x600 resolution.
- There is a huge vent on the left side for the processor. Maybe MSi should move the vent and put in an expansion slot there.
- It comes with carrying case just big enough to fit the Wind. But the extended 6 cell battery made the netbook a little tight for the carrying case. But with a notebook this small, it's probably more convenient to carry without the case. I decided to do without it.
- "MSi Wind Notebook" everywhere on the device, but the carrying case says "MSi Wind Netbook". I agree, the netbooks are powerful enough to be notebooks. The netbook term is just marketing buzz. But maybe MSi should stick to one or the other.
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