MSI's Upcoming Wind Laptop Priced From $560

Taiwanese hardware maker Micro-Star International's upcoming Wind laptop can be preordered starting from US$560.

The Wind, which is expected to use Intel's upcoming 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, is just one of an expected flood of low-cost systems based on the new chip that will be on show at the Computex exhibition in Taipei during June.

While the Atom processor has yet to be released by Intel, online retailer Expansys has begun accepting orders for the U.K. version of the Wind running either Windows XP Home for $604 or Linux for $560. The laptops are available in three colors: white, black and pink.

The same laptops are priced at £350 ($684) and £320, respectively, on Expansys' U.K. Web site.

The Wind systems available for preorder on Expansys have a 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1,024 pixels by 768 pixels and an LED (light-emitting diode) backlight, which helps lower power consumption. The system, which weighs roughly 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds), also ships with 1G byte of memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and an 80G-byte hard drive.

Expansys did not list pricing for a planned version of the Wind that has an 8.9-inch screen.

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