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.
The MSI Wind comes in a bright blue box and includes a white zippered protective case.
Here is the Wind under the top flap.
Under the Wind is where the cables and manuals are found.
You get a Windows XP Home recovery DVD and a utilities disk with your Quick Start Guide.
The A/C adapter isn't too large and includes a thick cable from the adapter to the wall.
There is a plastic protective cover on the back of the Wind when it comes out of the box.
The stereo headset, VGA out port, and ethernet port are found on the back right side.
A USB port, SD card slot, and microphone port are found towards the front of the right side.
Towards the front you will find 2 more USB ports and some ventilation openings.
There is a power port and a laptop lock opening on the back left side.
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.
The Wind opens nicely to reveal the 10" display, large keyboard, small trackpad, indicator lights, and webcam.
The keyboard is very functional with keys that have good tactile feedback and lots of key travel.
The front sticker lets you know about some of the cool features on the Wind.
This is the type of keyboard that lets you enter data in a flash.
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.
Here you can see the key spacing and some FN options.
I like having arrow buttons (page up, down, home, end) buttons in a dedicated area like the bottom right.
For writing, I think you see why it was a pretty easy choice for me to sell my U810 and pick up a Wind.
The U810 was quite a bit smaller, but it has a smaller keyboard and 5.6" display.
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