MSI Wind delayed, battery downgraded

Jun 17, 2008
MSI Wind delayed, battery downgraded

MSI's Wind ultraportable, which had been looking all the more tempting after ASUS revealed pricing for their larger Eee PC 1000-series, was set to launch on June 16th but has obviously experienced some sort of delay. According to MSI's online store, the new estimated ship date is June 27th. Priced at a lower-than-expected $479.99, MSI have unfortunately done a bit of switching in the specs with the result that you'll have a lot less run-time from your budget notebook.  Update: See a comment from MSI after the cut.

MSI Wind

The Windows version of the Wind was expected to hit shelves at $499.99, complete with a 6-cell battery pack rated for up to 5.5hrs. MSI are now listing the Wind as shipping with the smaller, 3-cell battery, that was originally tipped to accompany the Linux version that launches later this year.

I can't find any indication from the company as to how long the 3-cell battery is expected to last.  Update: see below.  Spare batteries don't appear to be listed at MSI's store yet, but the packs for other laptops are priced from $115 upward.

Update: MSI's PR people have been in touch to explain that the battery change is a result of a global shortage, caused by the LG Chem factory fire back in March.  Rather than wait for 6-cell packs, MSI chose to drop the Wind price by $20 and include the 3-cell pack instead.  The 6-cell Wind, at $499.99, is expected to be available in a month.

Update 2: The 3-cell battery is rated for 3hrs.  My contact didn't know how the accessory battery packs have been priced.

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