I had a nice e-mail chat with reader Michael Connick this morning regarding the MSI Wind that I should be receiving next week. Michael recently upgraded from an Asus Eee PC 900 model to the 1000H, which spec-for-spec is the near-equivalent of the Wind. I had alluded to the MSI Wind weighing about a half-pound less but Michael mentioned that he thought the weight difference was only .2-pounds between the two. Hmm…. time for a little investigation!
I turned to LAPTOP Magazine, since they reviewed both in recent months. Browsing through the MSI Wind review confirms what I wrote: the notebook weighs 2.6-pounds. Checking in on the Asus Eee PC 1000H review shows a weight of 3.2-pounds. That’s where I came up with the Wind being about a half-pound lighter. Still, I’m glad I looked into this because there’s a bit more to uncover.
When you factor in the AC adapter of each, the story changes quite a bit. The MSI Wind with AC adapter adds 3.4-pounds to your gadget bag. Asus clearly went with a smaller, lighter AC adapter, because that package comes to 3.6-pounds, or a .2-pound difference. In a sense, Michael was correct in terms of the weight difference: folks that carry an AC adapter with either of these devices will see the weight advantage of the MSI Wind nearly negated. I’m much more inclined to leave the AC adapter home, regardless of the device I carry, so I’m still sticking with my MSI Wind purchase. Aside from the lighter weight, I prefer the keyboard layout on the Wind over the Eee PC line. Regardless: good point Michael, and thanks for the heads up observation! Detailed info like this can go a long way towards helping consumers make purchases based on their own needs, so thanks!