Having experienced multiple delays and the indignity of a downgraded battery, MSI's budget ultraportable offering, the Wind, is finally available in the US. Intended to rival the Eee PC 1000-series, according to the company's press release the Wind should now be available both at MSI's online store as well as Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Frys.com, ZipZoomFly.com, mwave.com and buy.com.
However a quick look suggests some of those sites are yet to add the notebook to their inventory, including MSI's own store where, despite a July 7th ship date being suggested, the Wind is listed as "not available". When you can actually add one to a shopping basket, the Wind should be priced from $479.99. Amazon US still have the notebook listed as taking 3-5 weeks for delivery.
MSI will follow up this 3-cell battery version with a Wind packing the original-spec 6-cell pack in September, with a 3-cell Linux model hitting the shelves at the same time. They'll also be selling the 6-cell pack separately in September, though there's no price suggested for that.
MSI BEGINS SHIPPING THE WIND
The Wind is available in Fry’s and online New Egg, Amazon, Fry’s, ZipZoomfly, MWave.com and Buy.com
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – July 8, 2008 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, has begun shipping all the pre-ordered Wind U100 notebooks. The Wind, with its speedy new Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz processor, is also on sale at Fry's and online at www.newegg.com, www.amazon.com, www.frys.com, www.zipzoomfly.com, www.mwave.com, and www.buy.com. These first notebooks sold will feature Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and a 3-cell battery.
In September, MSI will begin selling a Windows version of the Wind with a 6-cell battery , as well as the Linux version with a 3-cell battery. MSI will also carry a 6-cell battery for customers who wish to upgrade their 3-cell battery in late September.