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Following on from our extreme close up look at the MSI WIND notebook, now we check out the WIND PC desktop in as much detail or more. MSI wants you to "Ride with the Wind!" Shall we?
As far as specifications go, we can tell you that models we saw on display in Taipei this afternoon were using a new Intel CPU, 1GB DDR2-533 memory, 160GB SATA hard disk drive, Gigabit Ethernet, DVD combo drive and 65-watt power adapter.
MSI WIND PC desktops are powered by their Micro-ATX based MS-7314 Wind Board motherboard which is passively cooled with a large aluminum heatsink covering the Northbridge and CPU. The board is nothing special with normal capacitors (not Japanese made solid capacitors), two DIMM slots for a total of 2GB memory in dual channel mode, two SATA-II ports for HDD and DVD combo drive, one PCI slot which could be used for an old sound card or TV tuner and finally an IDE port which could be used for an old hard disk drive for additional storage space.
MSI was demonstrating the WIND PC playing back 720p video and it managed to do it fairly smoothly for the most part. As you can see from the pictures it was using up around 45 - 55% CPU for video playback. When asked if it is powerful enough to playback 1080p video, MSI said that WIND PC is not ready for 1080p video at the moment but didn't rule it out for newer and faster models in the future.
As far as power consumption goes, it excels with flying colors. For starters it has gained Energy Star 4.0 compliance which not many computers can claim at this stage and in the demo MSI was showing, it was using just 30 watts of power with a 1.6GHz processor - we were told that the MSI WIND PC will use no more than 35 watts. It was compared side by side with a full sized desktop PC (we didn't get the specs but we'll assume it was a gaming PC) that was chewing up a total of 242 watts of power. MSI said during its presentation that if you switched over to a WIND PC from a regular desktop computer that you could save $3900 NTD (or $134 USD) per year on electricity bill in Taiwan.
MSI had many WIND PCs on display in varying colors and styles. Take a look for yourself...
More coming up a little later!
During the MSI ECOlution press conference in Taipei this afternoon, MSI let press get up close and personal with its full line of upcoming products.
You've seen MSI's WIND notebooks pictures online before now but not in this sort of detail.
We over heard someone from MSI being asked when the WIND notebook will begin selling. Someone suggested one month but the MSI representative said that would not be quite enough time. So, I guess it is still going to be a month or so until you'll be able to buy one. MSI did give away two of these small new notebooks to a couple local Taiwanese press members and took their details for delivery later, so they couldn't be too far off.
Exact specifications on the model we saw were not disclosed but we can tell you they are the U100 model and come in a whole bunch of different colors (we saw pink, red, black and white but we are told there will be more) 10-inch models fitted with an Intel Atom CPU, DDR2-667 memory with Windows XP installed.
Anyway, we'll let the pictures do the talking and there are a whole stack of them. Go!
MSI WIND PC is up next!
In the lead up to Computex Taipei next month we are seeing things really starting to spice up from our Taiwanese computer company buddies.
Just yesterday news leaked out about MSI's ASUS Eee Box competitor featuring an Intel Atom processor as well as full pricing details for MSI's Wind PC and now today we see reports that ASUS is preparing yet another Eee PC sub-notebook with model name 901.
MSI is positioning its Eee PC competitor very aggressively in the US market at $399 and it does seem as if ASUS has acted very quickly. Blogeee.net managed to get (or be purposely given) press shots of the ASUS Eee PC 901. It is said to include a new motherboard with an Intel Atom processor presumably clocked at 1.6GHz like the Wind and it has the same screen size and other specs as the Eee PC 900.
It does have some subtle cosmetic changes such as shortcut buttons above the keyboard and the power and audio ports have been changed as well as the Kensington lock in a better position.
There are no details on exact release date yet but ASUS does have some work to do to reduce the price by $150 USD to bring it in line with the slated RRP for MSI's Wind in the US.
OCZ have been making a big push into new areas of the computing market over the past few years, moving into segments that include graphics cards, power supplies, coolers, memory cards and SSDs.
Their focus has now turned to the notebook market, and they plan to enter it in a rather interesting way. A little later this year OCZ plan to release their first Do-It-Yourself gaming notebook, whereby the buyer has more control over customizing the systems' specs with a range of components of his/her choice to better suit their requirements.
Although the shell/base notebook itself is one we've seen used by other vendors in the past, it's good to see OCZ enter the notebook market in this fashion. With a little experience under their belt I'm sure we'll be seeing some very serious and competitive models show up.
While most people know OCZ Technology as a memory company, it has recently branched out into many sector of the computing market. OCZ's portfolio has now expanded to include video cards, power supplies, memory cards and solid-state drives (SSDs).
OCZ hopes to branch out even further with the announcement of a new do-it-yourself (DIY) gaming notebook. End-users will be able to purchase the DIY notebook barebones and add components to the machine to build an entire system. OCZ venders, however, will be able to spec the notebooks however they see fit.
Attempting to cash in on the success of the ASUS Eee PC, A-DATA has announced a range of new themed flash memory devices for the highly popular Taiwanese made low-cost notebook PC.
First up is the A-DATA class 6 SDHC memory card which offers a hefty 8GB of additional storage to the Eee. It's promoted as a permanent second hard drive for the Eee with its branded color coding scheme - however, it begs question - what good it is that if you never see it installed inside the card reader? Tsk tsk tsk...
Next up is the S701 USB sliding pen drive also offering a hefty 8GB of storage. It not only color and style matches the Eee PC but it also includes support for Windows ReadyBoost which is a Vista only feature - again the questions come begging, isn't the Eee really only properly capable of running XP? Sorry for being picky A-DATA but somebody has to be.
You can read more details on both products over at the A-DATA press release which you will find right here.
ASUS Eee PC, ASUS Eee PC, ASUS Eee PC... it's all we seem to hear these days.
That is all about to change and the consumer is about to get a lot more choice in this lower cost ultra mobile notebook segment. MSI is one of many companies (Acer, GIGABYTE, ECS and GeCube are the others who will have models out in around June - July) who are busily working on Eee competitors.
Over the past month or so MSI's Wind notebook has been widely documented over the web but until down specific details and photos have been hard to come by. U100 will be MSI's first major fighter against Eee and in an exclusive internal document seen by TweakTown, it claims 6 out of 9 design specification wins against the 7" Eee PC.
Shipping in mid to late May, the U100 ships with your choice of Windows XP or Linux and will get its power from an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor based on a motherboard using the 945GMS + ICH7M chipsets. It supports up to 2GB of DDR2 667 memory and includes an 80GB 2.5" SATA hard drive. It sports a 10" WSVGA LCD with a wide screen resolution of 1024 x 600 which MSI claims is going to be much better for web surfing compared to Eee. MSI makes notable mention of the 12" wide keyboard which should be much easier to work with compared to smaller keyboards - each letter key measures 17.5mm wide and the touch pad is 54mm wide.
You'll also get a 4-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, GB network port, 802.11B/G wireless and Bluetooth V2.0 EDR. As far as multimedia goes, you'll get HD audio through its stereo speakers and a 1.3MP camera (0.3MP on the 8.9" model which comes later).
You get a choice between 3 cell and 6 cell batteries and with the 3 cell battery installed, the whole system weighs less than 1KG and measures 260*180*19-31.5mm.
Now, about those pictures...
Expect a full hands-on a little later next month.
Kingston Technology, the world's largest memory manufacturer, has today taken the covers off an interesting new memory product for notebook users.
Say hello to Kingston's DDR2-667 SO-DIMM notebook memory. You can pick it up in 2GB or 4GB kits with timings of 4-4-4-12 at 1.8 volts. The memory company claims it is the perfect solution for notebook users wanting to upgrade from a slower 1GB or 2GB kit.
They also claim these speeds are programmed into SPD, so there are no BIOS adjustments or overclocking needed.
Hsinchu, Taiwan - April 21, 2008 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to offer high performance, low-latency DDR2-667 SO-DIMM notebook memory to the world. Offering greater performance options for existing mobile platforms, the HyperX DDR2-667 CL4 SO-DIMM kits in 2GB and 4GB capacities are the first in a new line of memory innovations Kingston plans to release over the next few months to the notebook market.
"Kingston customers asked about higher performance memory for current notebooks and our new DDR2-667 CL4 low-latency SO-DIMMs are the first in a series of new HyperX memory offerings to support this market," said Ann Bai, Product Manager, DRAM Memory, APAC Region, Kingston. "We will continue to expand the product line, including developing a 3GB memory kit."
During Computex in early June this year, Intel's low power consuming and tiny Atom processor will get a chance to shine with ASUS' hugely successful Eee PC low cost computer device.
PC World managed to get the word from the CEO himself during a launch event for the Eee PC 900 during a launch event in Taiwan recently. Don't expect ASUS to suck up all the attention though as ECS, GIGABYTE, MSI, Acer, GeCube are all working on new low cost computers to try and take away market share from the ever-popular Eee.
Asustek plans to launch a new version of the Eee PC armed with Intel's Atom microprocessor at the Computex trade show in Taipei this June, Asustek's CEO said Monday.
Atom is the name of the processor formerly called Diamondville. It was designed for low-cost laptop PCs, ultramobile PCs, Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and other small devices aimed at connecting to the Internet. The processor is tiny, less than 25 square millimeters, will be priced low, and run at a battery-efficient 0.6 watts to 2.5 watts thermal design power, according to Intel.
More details have come our way from MSI in relation to the upcoming low-cost "Wind" notebook, their answer to the EeePC from ASUS.
This 1Kg wonder will run Windows XP on an 8.9-inch or 10-inch wide LCD screen with a resolution of 1024x600. What's also interesting to note is that MSI has managed to squeeze in an 80GB 2.5" HDD.
Pricing has not been made clear as yet, but it is said we should see the notebook become available in June.
For further information, grab this news release from MSI.
yTaipeizMSI Notebook is drawing mass attention with the coming release of the MSI Wind Notebook. Intel has already made its presentation with the MSI Wind Notebook in Shanghai during IDF (Intel Development Forum). The light and graceful MSI Wind Notebook will provide the simplest operating conditions for the everyday enjoyment for our users.
Living in the new age of the internet, every person has the needs for effective internet connection both at professionally and personally. MSI offers the new Wind Notebook to meet the demands of the modern people, in providing a lighter and more convenient notebook computer.
Our friends over at bit-tech managed to get hold of one of the first ASUS Eee PC 900 low-cost computers and unboxed it for everyone to see in its full glory.
It is said to be available from May 1st in the UK and brings with it a larger 8.9" screen featuring a 1024 x 600 resolution. It comes with the same Intel Celeron-M ULV 353 CPU (630MHz) and a G945 mobile chipset that features Intel GMA 900 graphics.
According to bit-tech, "It also comes with 1GB DDR2 as standard this time, which is twice that of the original Eee, and between 12 and 20GB of flash storage - 4GB onboard and 8-to-16GB from a separate module. It still weighs less than 1kg but it is fractionally heavier than the previous model. In addition, it features an upgraded 1.3MP webcam, but the same four cell, 2.5 hour battery (although a six cell battery is available) and 802.11b/g WiFi."
Check out the rest of the unboxing shots over here.
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