Ok, I’ll be honest, I don’t follow laptop and computer news all that much.  It’s just not that exciting.  So feel free to ‘flame’ me all you want (can’t believe I used ‘flame’).  MSI says they have the World’s first 10″ notebook, called the WIND, short for WiFi Network Device, to utilize the Intel Atom CPU.  The Atom CPU is a low powered CPU designed specifically for mobile devices.  This 10″ is just 2.6lbs, features a keyboard 20% smaller than a full size,  and a 5.5 hour battery running life.  Also expect a 80GB hard drive, an LED backlit screen, a 1.3 megapixel webcam built-in, Bluetooth, 3 USB ports and a 4-in-1 card reader.

The Windows version, with XP (not Vista) will sell for $499 June 16th, 2008.  And you can get a Linux version later this summer for $399.

Product page here.

Press release after the ‘leap’

The 2.6 lbs Wind features 5+ HR battery life, Windows XP, ergonomic keyboard, and 80G hard drive all for under $500

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – June 3rd, 2008 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is excited to announce the official launch of the much anticipated Wind Notebook. The Wind, an acronym for “Wi-Fi Network Device,” is the first 10” notebook to feature the speedy new Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz processor

“Intel is excited to collaborate with MSI to usher in the next generation of mobile computing devices,” said Steve Dallman, Intel VP Sales and marketing Group and GM, Worldwide Reseller Channel Organization. “The Wind’s user–friendly design, combined with the low power and 45nm High-K process of the Intel Atom processor, makes for an exceptional netbook.”

Weighing in at just 2.6 lbs, MSI designed the Wind to be lightweight and ultra mobile, without sacrificing convenience or performance.  The Wind features an ergonomically designed keyboard that is only 20% smaller than of a full sized keyboard, with keys spaced a comfortable 0.68 inches apart.  Business travelers will welcome the extended battery life available with the Windows based version, which provides up to 5.5 hours of untethered work time.

The Windows version of the Wind features an 80G / 2.5” SATA hard drive, which further sets it apart from other ultra portable notebooks, whose manufacturers have compromised memory capacity to save space.  The Wind’s display features embedded LED power-saving backlight technology, which provides superior color quality and brightness.  This innovative notebook also comes standard with a 1.3M webcam, Bluetooth capabilities, 3 USB ports and a 4-in-1 card reader.

The Windows version of the Wind is priced at $499 MSRP, and will be available for purchase starting June 16th, 2008 at  The Linux based models of the Wind will be available at the same site later this summer for $399 MSRP.

Windows Version
CPU    Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
Operating System    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition™
Chipset    Intel 945GMS, ICH7-M
Display    10″W (1024×600) LED
Memory    1GB DDR2/ 667MHz
Hard Drive    80G / 2.5” SATA
Battery    6 Cells / 5.5 hrs
WLAN    802.11b/g
Bluetooth    Yes
Webcam    1.3m
Dimensions    10.23″ x 7.08″ x 0.748″ ~1.24″
Weight    2.6lbs
Available Colors    White, Black, and Pink
MSRP    $499

For additional informations or images please contact MSI Media Representative Mark Olson at 305.576.1171 x17 or

About MSI

Founded in 1986, MSI strives to design and manufacture superior technology and innovative products, while offering outstanding customer service.  The company’s expansive range of product lines includes mainboards, graphic cards, servers/workstations, laptops, barebones, IPCs, multimedia products, CE devices and networking devices. MSI is ranked among the world’s top 3 motherboard manufacturers and is one of the top 5 server manufacturers. MSI has developed several new technologies, including ACV (Amazing Crystal Vision), and ACS (Advanced Cooling System).  MSI’s notebooks are known for their aesthetically pleasing designs and powerful components.  To keep abreast of the global market MSI provides multi-language customer service and associated web sites. MSI has offices in Taiwan, Mainland China, USA, Germany, France, Holland, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, Canada, and India. To learn more about MSI’s complete line personal computers and components please visit

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."