My return of the Acer Aspire One this past weekend was a little half-hearted. I was torn because I really liked the hardware overall. So last night I checked in with Douglas Krone of Dynamism to see if they had the MSI Wind in stock with […]

MsiwindMy return of the Acer Aspire One this past weekend was a little half-hearted. I was torn because I really liked the hardware overall. So last night I checked in with Douglas Krone of Dynamism to see if they had the MSI Wind in stock with the 6-cell battery. A check on the site indicated that these units usually ship in 3 to 4 days, but I wanted to confirm since that configuration is a hot little commodity right now.

Douglas was over in Tokyo, no doubt checking out other great gadgets to potentially import, but he told me that Dynamism has been shipping the black MSI Wind with 6-cell for over three weeks and that they would have the white and pink models this week. That’s good enough for me, so I just pulled the trigger on a white model; hopefully it arrives by end of week, but if not, I expect I’ll see it just after the weekend.

Although MSI was originally shooting for a $499 price tag on the 6-cell model, we’ve already seen the prices hiked up in the $549 to $599 range. In fact, my price was at the top of that range from Dynamism: $599. For a while I thought perhaps to wait and see if anyone else gets stock of this netbook configuration at a lower price, but with the demand for the unit, I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon if at all.

Anyway, the 6-cell battery offers 5200 mAh which actually is a little more than double the 3-cell at 2200 mAh. I’m hoping to see at least five hours of real-world run-time from the unit, but we’ll see. It’s quite a bit more expensive than the Acer Aspire One, but does offer a few advantages for me: a slightly larger screen, integrated Bluetooth (handy for a mouse) and an easier way to get at the RAM slot for upgrades. I’ll curious to see if the build quality is drastically different.

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  1. ImaRealFancyBoy Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    it will be interesting to see your take on the build quality of the Wind compared to other netbooks. the HP, Acer, Lenovo have all seen good marks about their quality, while some folks say the Wind feels a bit cheap.

    how does the Wind look with the 6-cell? does it have 1 of those ugly bumps like the HP or a more flush brick-like EEE bump.

  2. Wow, 599 is a lot of money for a netbook!

    For me the MSI Wind is currently the best netbook on the market, I think the screen and keyboard are great and I like the added bluetooth.

    Unfortunately the screen hinges do not feel very solid which is strange as the overall build quality is great.

    I would like to get a Wind and install Vista on it, which is rumoured to be a bit faster than XP and gives about 20% extra battery time but I guess I will go for the 3 cell battery as I think 599 dollars for the 6 cell version is too much.

  3. Kevin C. Tofel Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    I’m very interested in the build quality and will report my thoughts on that.

    Johan: I agree with you, $599 is quite a bit for a netbook… about the most I’d be willing to pay, to be honest. I’m not sure why you think Vista will run faster on the Wind, nor why it would provide 20% extra battery life. In my experience with Vista on many mobile devices, it tends to run a little slower than XP and offers around 10% less battery life, all things being equal.

  4. Did you choose the WiND over the Eee PC 1000H just to get it in white?

  5. Kevin C. Tofel Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    Travis, I picked the Wind over the Eee because of the placement and size of the Right-Shift key. The Wind is also around a half-pound lighter with the 6-cell battery. Color had nothing to do with it… although I wouldn’t have bought the pink model. ;)

  6. Wind is 1/2 pound lighter? if the Wind is a 5200MAH what is the EEE?

  7. Kevin C. Tofel Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    With 6-cells, the Wind is about 2.6 pounds while the Eee PC 1000H is around 3.2 pounds. The battery in the Eee is 6600 mAh, 7.4V.

  8. bostonirishguy13 Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    I’ve had a 3-cell Wind for about six weeks now. I’m desperately holding out for a 6-cell battery from MSI or a third party.

  9. bostonirishguy13 Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    I’ve also been tempted to just grab a 6-cell Wind, and then try to sell the 3-cell. If only I’d been more patient. I really like the size of the Wind. I also have an Eee PC 901, Sony TZ150 and MacBook Air as “portables” right now. I went through the original Eee PC, HTC Shift, HP 2133, and N800 in the past year, too.

  10. Brian Goodwin Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    Would really like to see a good head-to-head comparison of a 6 cell Wind and 1000H.

    The 1000H is slightly heavier but if the battery lasts an extra hour then that’s a tradeoff some of us would seriously consider…if all other things are roughly equal (keyboard, screen, etc.).

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