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After several events scheduled and subsequently canceled, Brad Linder finally navigated his way from Philadelphia to my home office in cow country yesterday. And if you don’t believe me when I say that I live in the sticks, just ask Brad who got within three miles […]

Backtoback1After several events scheduled and subsequently canceled, Brad Linder finally navigated his way from Philadelphia to my home office in cow country yesterday. And if you don’t believe me when I say that I live in the sticks, just ask Brad who got within three miles of my house three times in a row without actually ever arriving!

The point of the not-so-impromptu meeting? It might look like a 21st-century version of geek Battleship, but the pic is actually our netbook deathmatch! The contenders are my MSI Wind and Brad’s Asus Eee PC 1000H. You really couldn’t get two netbooks that were more similar and yet some folks want to know what the minute little difference are since that can make or break a personal computing experience.

Check out Brad’s detailed writeup, complete with boot videos if you’re torn between these two peas in a pod. Overall, I was impressed with the Asus offering as it had a few bits that appeared better that those on my Wind. If you’re in the market for an MSI Wind however, I saw that Dave Winer just nabbed a 6-cell unit for $479. Ironically, he shared that news with me during our netbook deathmatch. That’s either ironic timing or the all-father of RSS found a way to discretely hook into my iSight camera. ;)

  1. Heh. I’m just excited about netbooks. Part of me thinks that if everyone would get on board there wouldn’t be a recession cause we’d keep finding new things to do with them and new reasons to spend money! :-)

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  2. My wife ordered a Wind yesterday and it will be here early next week. Since I have a 1000h and my wife kindly gave me an option to choose one, I will have my own round of deathmatch. :)
    By the way, as many of you know already, netbook can be got pretty cheap at eBay when combined with Live cashback promotion. Current offer is 30%, so my 6 cell 160MB Wind cost only $350.

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  3. Sweet!!

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  4. How is this a “deathmatch”? Is the Wind a 1000h “killer” or vice versa? I didn’t think so. I’m seriously confused. Your comparison doesn’t even pick a winner. I’m fine with this because I don’t think that there actually is one in this case. But “deathmatch”? Why? It’s of the same vein as the “Breaking News” alert that all of the 24 hour news channels now use to constantly remind of news that is no longer breaking.

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  5. Although I’ve already purchased the 1000H due to the lack of the 6 cell battery option on the Wind here in the UK, I would be quite interested to hear your comparisons.

    My only real complaint of the 1000H is the fan noise at times, its not loud by any stretch of the imagination but it can be audible.

    I’ve got a 2GB RAM module arriving today so I may also install Vista and see how the Asus performs.

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  6. @Guy Adams, Try eeectl. It allows you to set fan speed manually. http://cpp.in/dev/eeectl/

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  7. In support of Vista not working well on mobile devices comes this entry: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10068616-56.html?part=rss

    Acer still takes the top two spots with the Aspire One and the Macbook takes the rest of the top 5. The EEE 10 inch makes an appearance at spot 6. Is it possible that the market either wants 8.9 inches or 13? Would a 13 inch EEE sell better than a 10?

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  8. At 9″, I feel the top priority is feature/asthetic/price. At 10″, the top priority is obvious the better keyboard.

    Although I chose Wind for OSX competibility.

    I have to say the new “Wind 2″ is quite disappointing.

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