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Image Gallery: MSI Wind netbook

ASUS just celebrated the first year of the "netbook" category of mobile computing devices and since they started it last year, the market has taken off with a wide choice of netbooks today. I had the chance to try out the MSI Wind for a couple of weeks and was so impressed that I ordered one for myself.
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ASUS just celebrated the first year of the "netbook" category of mobile computing devices and since they started it last year, the market has taken off with a wide choice of netbooks today. I had the chance to try out the MSI Wind for a couple of weeks and was so impressed that I ordered one for myself.

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The MSI Wind comes in a bright blue box and includes a white zippered protective case.

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Here is the Wind under the top flap.

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Under the Wind is where the cables and manuals are found.

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You get a Windows XP Home recovery DVD and a utilities disk with your Quick Start Guide.

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The A/C adapter isn't too large and includes a thick cable from the adapter to the wall.

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There is a plastic protective cover on the back of the Wind when it comes out of the box.

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The stereo headset, VGA out port, and ethernet port are found on the back right side.

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A USB port, SD card slot, and microphone port are found towards the front of the right side.

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Towards the front you will find 2 more USB ports and some ventilation openings.

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There is a power port and a laptop lock opening on the back left side.

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The large 6 cell battery is up towards the back of the bottom. There are rubber feet to keep it on a desk and two stereo speakers in the round openings toward the front.

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The Wind opens nicely to reveal the 10" display, large keyboard, small trackpad, indicator lights, and webcam.

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The keyboard is very functional with keys that have good tactile feedback and lots of key travel.

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The front sticker lets you know about some of the cool features on the Wind.

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This is the type of keyboard that lets you enter data in a flash.

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There are 8 indicator lights on the MSI Wind to let you know when Bluetooth is on, WiFi is on, the battery is being charged, the hard drive is working, and more.

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Here you can see the key spacing and some FN options.

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I like having arrow buttons (page up, down, home, end) buttons in a dedicated area like the bottom right.

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For writing, I think you see why it was a pretty easy choice for me to sell my U810 and pick up a Wind.

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The U810 was quite a bit smaller, but it has a smaller keyboard and 5.6" display.

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