Micro Fondle: MSI Wind At J&R

Photos taken Saturday, September 20, 2008 with the Philips crapcam.

Yes!! After waiting months and months and months, I finally encountered a real, live MSI Wind!

Since I’m probably the last frikkin person on the entire planet to do so, my observations probably don’t count for squat. Nevertheless …

At left is the hp Mini Note. The MSI Wind is just about the same size. It’s eerie. But as you can see, the MSI Wind’s screen sits higher, making the hp Mini Note look rather sad in comparison.

Left to right: hp Mini Note, MSI Wind, Asus 1000 EeePC. The MSI Wind has a glossy biohazard-inviting top cover. J&R left the plastic protector on it, but it didn’t cover the edges and the smearing was already evident. Inside and on the bottom, the plastic is matte and doesn’t do fingerprint magnetism.

Left to right: hp Mini Note, MSI Wind, Asus 1000, Sylvania ULCPC. The MSI Wind is noticeably lighter than both the boat anchor hp Mini Note and the Asus. In addition, the Asus is nearly the same width, but front to back it’s larger than the MSI Wind.

Two blur-o-licious photos of the keyboard. The thing about the keyboard that surprised me were the smaller keys for period and comma. The trackpad is responsive but seems small. The clickbar is a bit problematic. It’s thin, small, and really embedded in the top, with no overlap on the edge.

Build quality was excellent. My main test was simply typing on that keyboard, which was The Test for me. How was it? Spacing was excellent for me. After trying it, I went over to the Asus and over to the Acer Aspire One. It confirmed for me that the MSI Wind really has the best keyboard for me. Feedback is a wee bit harder than I’d like, but better than the Asus. And the spacing just killed both the Asus and the Aspire. I could really, really type on it.

If I was going to buy today, I’d get the MSI Wind. It really is what I’ve been waiting for in a netbook.

But now I’m on another wait-and-see. Next month Apple will unveil new MacBooks.

The point of the MSI Wind for me is to strip off Windows XP and replace it with Mac OS X.

But if Apple is going to unleash some lust-o-licious new aluminum-clad MacBooks next month, it only makes sense for me to wait and see what they offer and their prices. Why should I settle for shoehorning Mac OS X on an MSI Wind if I’d be able to get the real deal with no compromise and no fear of OS X updates (which might break the MSI Wind install!)?

Previously here:

Micro Fondle: Acer Aspire One At J&R
I Am Internationally Persecuted!
Videos: Mac OS X On MSI Video, Acer Aspire One
Lust Cramp Alert: New Mac OS X On MSI Wind Video!
MSI Wind & Mac OS X: I Ask The Stupid Questions
Jaw Drop Drool Alert: Mac OS X On Asus EeePC 1000H!
Microsoft’s Deliberate PC Sabotage
Fondle: Asus EeePC 1000 @ J&R
Reference: OS X Backup On USB Drive
Reference: MSI Wind Upgrades Video
OS X: MSI Wind Vs. Asus 1000H
Reference: MSI Wind Vs. Asus 1000H
MSI Wind: Fire Hazard?!
Micro Fondle: Asus 901 At J&R
Video: MSI Wind And Gigabyte M528 MID
MSI Wind = Ten-Inch Screen MacBook?
MSI Wind TV Ad
MSI Wind & Asus Eee 901 & Acer Aspire One Video
MSI Wind Unboxing Video
Video: Asus 901 Vs MSI Wind Vs hp Mini Note
MSI Wind At Computex 2008
MSI Caves In To My Threat
Quote: Meghan Clark
Asus Vs. MSI: The Battle Has Begun!
What A Difference A Year Makes!
MSI Wind Video Review From Italy
Micro Fondle: Lenovo U110, Dialogue Flybook, Asus e900
Fudzilla: MSI Wind Gets Thumbs Up!
MSI Wind Function Keys
The MSI Wind Manual!
Uh-Oh! MSI Wind With 3-Cell Battery Only?
Wherein I Threaten MSI!
Update 4: Subnotebook Dimensions
MSI Wind: Skins Available?
MSI Makes Me Gnash My Teeth!
Ton Of New MSI Wind Photos!
Keyboards: MSI Wind Vs. Asus EeePC
Asus e900 Versus MSI Wind
MSI Wind: Dissection Photos!
Picture Of The MSI Wind’s Insides!
MSI Wind: First Look With Video Fondle!
MSI Wind: Photos Of Black Version
MSI Wind: Photo Of Three Colors
New MSI Wind Photos!
MSI Wind Hits eBay In Italy
MSI Wind: $610 In U.S.?
Help Interrogate MSI About Its Wind!
Attention MSI: Wind Has Wings
MSI Wind: Photos And Video
MSI Wind = hp 2133 + Foleo?

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