MSI yesterday officially launched two products at Computex 2008: the Wind mini-laptop, which runs on an Intel Atom microprocessor, and the low-power Wind mini-desktop PC.
The Wind mini-desktop takes a page out of rival Asus' 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. 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 300x260x65mm. MSI bills the desktop as an energy saver, running at full speed at only 35W, compared to 250W 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 10in 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.
Like most of its rivals, Wind will be sold in two versions, one with Microsoft Windows XP and a less expensive model carrying a Linux OS. 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 for the UK was not immediately available, although the MSI Wind laptop is available for pre-order at £320.