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MSI Wind Delayed Again, New Eee PCs Get Ship Date

According to Engadget, today MSI let customers who had pre-ordered a Wind NB know that the highly-anticipated mini-notebook’s ship date has been pushed back again, this time to July 7th. Meanwhile, our friend Brad Linder is reporting that ASUS sales reps told him the Eee PC 1000, 1000H, and 901 will ship in the U.S. on July 8th. So, if both of these dates hold up, it looks like the first mini-notebooks with 10-inch screens and Atom CPUs will be shipping on almost the same day. Since the Eee PC 1000H and the MSI Wind NB are so similar to each other, we took both this week and put them through a four round face-off. The results were close, but decisive, so it just seems fitting that the two systems launch within 24 hours of each other.

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  1. Mali Noi Says:

    This is what I am looking for and I recently used the RSS feed to check for news on the Eee PC model 1000H. Now I know that it will be shipped on the July 8th, less than two weeks from now.

  2. Maurice Hilarius Says:

    If you judge this on value, then you should look a little more closely:
    The MSI has a 1 year warranty, and you pay the shipping both ways.
    The ASUS has 2 years, express return shipment by ASUS.
    MSI charge $130 for the 2nd year, and do not offer the return express shipping.
    Further, I found the comment about the 40 second boot time to be a bit absurd.
    Most people will buy these with Linux.
    In Linux the EEE boot time is about 14 seconds.
    The Linux config, and related , will be of much more interest to the majority of EEE users,
    so get with the program, and have a review done by someone who knows his stuff outside of the
    Windows world.

  3. lexy Says:

    I bought a expensive ASUS laptop over a year ago, it was a gaming one worth over $1000 dollars.
    It came with a fault, the dvd drive was broken from the start.
    ASUS 2 year warranty is worthless as their customer aftercare is awful.
    The laptop is still not fixed and every time I have phoned them they have mucked me around.
    I have filled out their claim forms numerous times and emailed them to various staff and departments.
    ASUS SUCK!

    I have owned MSI desktop motherboard before and their aftercare is much better.
    A 1 year warranty with MSI is worth more than a 10 year one with ASUS!

    I will never buy an ASUS product again, they have broken the sales and trades act and don’t care about/love their customers.

    MSI really love their customers and always have cheerful adverts/website and support.

    Alienware and Dell have better support than ASUS also but at a heavy cost.

    If you build your own desktop most parts come with 3 year warrantys direct from manufacturer.

    But with laptops I recommend MSI,DELL, MAC , ALIENWARE, ACER (They do the FERRARI laptop) and I don’t know about other brands but stay away from ASUS they will screw you over.

  4. Nova Says:

    Maurice,

    I guess 1000H buyers have to try to rationalize the overpricing to themselves somehow.

    So, nice try there. But for most buyers, the MSI Wind remains the far better value for the money.

    As for the “majority of EEE users” being interested in Linux… LOL! That’s comedy gold my friend. Even when Linux was the only choice, 701 owners went wild for nlited XP installs.

    “Most people will buy these with Linux.” LOL! Even funnier.

    Now that Windows is available straight out of the box, that’s what the “majority of EEE users” will be using, and Asus knows that better than anyone. So does MSI, Dell, HP etc.

    Not saying Linux is bad, in fact it’s wonderful as a concept. But in the real world, the most popular (for better or worse) apps are for Windows and that’s what people will want to use.

  5. Tommie Says:

    Nova speaks the truth.

  6. TheHoldSteady Says:

    @Nova.

    You are so right! Why even bother going online if you can’t have the whole experience: Viruses, Trojans, Active X exploits; I could go on for ever! Can Linux provide those kind of excitements? Of course not! Only with using Windows does one truly feel alive!

    But of course the core reason for running Windows is the games! Ahh, nothing more satisfying than plunking down hundreds of dollars for the video card and maxing out the memory just to revel in the pleasure of being repeatedly head-shot by foul-mouthed twelve-year olds!

    Preach on, my brother!

  7. cromaz Says:

    TheHoldSteady has big problems distinguishing two questions:
    1. which OS is best?
    2. which OS will most people want for their Wind/eeepc?

    Nova answered “Windows” on Q2. You then object that the answer to Q1 is really “Linux”. But that’s besides the point.

  8. Logiotek Says:

    MSI Wind looks good on the paper, on the outside, and even on the inside. If you want SSD in your Wind, you can easily to swap standard 2.5-inch SATA HDD for SSD. Super Talent has some good speedy SSDs. I’d go for a 16 GB version this way you are not overpaying for space you won’t be using. You can also uses SDHC card to store data that doesn’t require speedy access.

  9. Thomas Noi Says:

    It seems that the MSI Wind has the price of $489.99 at jr.com (J&R) for the 3-cell version, while the 6-cell sells for $549.00, about $100 less than the Eee PC 1000H. I once thought the price for the 3-cell is $479, while the six-cell was $499. Perhaps I read a mis-print from somewhere.

  10. Simcha Says:

    What I’d like to know is whether MSI will provide the needed drivers to allow me to buy the more robust XP version of the Wind (more RAM, better graphics, bluetooth and modem) and then install Linux on it?

    I much prefer the stability and robustness of Linux, but hate that all of the manufacturers only offer their most stripped down hardware versions with Linux, rather than giving us the choice of their higher end versions with Linux (or better yet, dual boot).

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