What Do You Want to Know about the MSI Wind?

Manufacturers are producing mini-notebooks like rabbits—at a rapid rate. But what will the next tiny laptops have that the current market selection doesn’t? Tomorrow morning I’ll be chatting on the phone with the product manager of the MSI Wind about the June release of the company’s mini-notebook.

Though the system was shown off at CeBIT, we know little more about it than the price, which will range between $350 and $500, and that it will be available with your choice of Linux or Windows. Here are some of the things I plan to ask:

Comparisons have been made between the Wind and Eee PC and other low-cost notebooks out on the market. How do you feel your system stacks up, and do you feel as though it will enjoy similar success? Why? Will the system sport: Intel’s Atom? A solid state drive? A webcam? Multi-touch? After the initial release of the Wind, what’s next for the line? What are your general predictions for the Wind and the impact it and other low-cost laptops will have on the market?

I’d like to hear what the mini-notebook fans out there would like me to ask. I’ll be transcribing the interview as soon as I hang up with MSI. So check back to see if I selected one of your questions. Update: The full interview with many of the answers to your questions is now up here.

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  1. cunni Says:

    Interesting – at least to me – would be:

    1. Specs, i.e.

    Display – glare or non-glare?

    2. What about the release date and the problems of component shortages, i.e. battery, atom cpu, displays

  2. Mike Cane Says:

    The specs have already been leaked:

    MSI Wind: Photos And Video

    Let MSI know there is a LOT of interest in it:

    Attention MSI: Wind Has Wings

    I’m *especially* interested in it because the hp Mini Note now looks too underpowered with its VIA CPU for me to get anything other but curse-laden minimal and frustrating use out of it.

    My questions:

    1) Are the 9″ and 10″ versions actually the same, but with different size screen? (That is, same size, same keyboard?)

    2) Will they offer an extended battery?

    3) Do they have battery life tests yet?

    4) How big is the AC adapter and its weight?

    5) Is RAM and HD user accessible?

    6) RPM speed of the 80GB HD?

    7) WILL IT BE IN AMERICAN STORES? Dear God, sell them on getting it in J&R!!!

    8) Who do I have to beg to get a fondle of it in NYC?

    The Asus EeePC has too small a keyboard. The hp Mini has too weak a CPU. Everyone is pinning their hopes on the MSI Wind!

  3. D.C. at Small-Laptops.com Says:

    Mike asked most of my questions, but I’d like definite answers to the following:

    1) Battery options?
    2) Battery life – why are their rumors of 7 hours?

    Most importantly:

    3) Will this be available in the US or is this something will have to go through Dynamism for?

  4. Guy T Says:

    When will the linux versions will be out and what distro is going to be used ?

  5. Steve 'Chippy' Paine Says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to input Joanna

    I second Mikes request for battery life figures (test, not marketing) and details about battery options.

    There are rumors of Atom shortages. Will this affect MSI?

    Any built-in 3G plans for Europe?


  6. Mike Cane Says:

    We have a projected price: $610.

    MSI Wind: $610 In U.S.?

    Can they confirm that?

  7. Aaron Says:

    What is the total size and weight?

    Will it have working wireless out of the box? If I do a clean install of Ubuntu 8.04, will the wireless work without hassle (unlike a certain competitor’s product)?

  8. enovy Says:

    Where are the answers?

  9. Joanna Stern Says:

    Enovy: I will post the full interview late Monday. Thanks for being patient. I promise it will be worth it.

  10. joonnz Says:

    Dear JS!
    it\s mondayevening already
    POST IT UP (K)

  11. JustCurious Says:

    Dear Joanna,

    I am desperately awaiting the answers and news from the interview!

    Kind regards


  12. enovy Says:

    Hey its Wednesday already. I wasn’t impatient before but now I am. You don’t need to make it pretty, just post it up already.

  13. Joanna Stern Says:

    Envoy: It is posted! Check it out http://blog.laptopmag.com/msi-wind-revealed-10-inch-mini-notebook-to-hit-us-in-june

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