MSI Launches Wind Mini Desktop, Mini Laptop

Micro-Star International on Tuesday officially launched two products at the Computex electronics show: its low-power Wind mini-desktop PC and the Wind mini-laptop, which runs on an Intel Atom microprocessor.

The Wind mini-desktop takes a page out of rival Asustek Computer's book. Asustek last week revealed the Eee Box, a mini-desktop PC that has an Atom microprocessor, will come with either a Linux or Windows XP OS, and will begin selling in July for around US$300. The machine takes its name from the popular mini-laptop, Eee PC, by Asustek.

MSI's Wind desktop takes the same name as its Wind mini-laptop. The desktop is three times smaller than a traditional PC chassis, just 300-millimeters by 260mm by 65mm. MSI bills the desktop as an energy saver, running at full speed at only 35-watts, compared to 250-watts for a traditional PC.

The Wind desktop carries no fan for cooling, a sign it uses a low power microprocessor -- but MSI did not release much in the way of specs on the device. Aside from the size and energy savings, MSI says the Wind desktop has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g wireless Internet connectivity built in and a 160G-byte hard disk drive.

The Wind mini-laptop is different in that MSI has revealed most of the specs on the device already.

The first MSI Wind laptop has been named the U100 and comes with a 10-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, and an LED (light emitting diode) backlight, which saves power and provides a better picture.

The Atom microprocessor on board also helps save power. MSI says Wind can run for 6-hours on the six-cell battery, which is optional on the device. It comes with a three-cell battery standard.

The mini-laptop runs Microsoft Windows XP and does not have an optional Linux OS, unlike many of its rivals. Wind can hold 80G bytes of data on its HDD (hard disk drive), holds up to 2G bytes of DRAM and connects wirelessly to the Internet via Wi-Fi 802.11b/g.

Wind, like the Eee PC, belongs to a new style of computing product called mini-laptops, which have 7-inch to 10-inch screens, weigh less than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) and connect wirelessly to the Internet. Several companies have launched mini-laptops recently.

Pricing and availability of both the Wind desktop and laptop were not immediately available.

Subscribe to the Business Brief Newsletter

Comments