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MSI Wind Q2 Mini Review


The MSI Wind is a small, impressive laptop.  It sports an 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB ram, 120 GB hard drive, Windows XP home, WiFi B/G and a 10.1″ screen.  It came with a wall charger, and some very meager instructions.  But fortunately it was simple to setup and use.  It is small enough to be very portable, yet large enough to be quite usable.  Lots more photos and info to come…

ScreensSidebySide Here it is next to my Dell Inspiron e1505, which has a 15″ screen

WindOverDell It’s about 3/4″ tall.

Keyboards The keyboard is not as large as that of the Dell, but though it’s a bit tight, it’s very usable.

ScreensSidebySide Screen The screen has a very nice display.  It may be significantly smaller than the Inspiron’s, but the web page is not cut off.

RightSide The right side has a USB port, and a Card Reader: 4-in-1 (SD,MMC,MS, MS Pro).

LeftSide This side has a couple more USB ports, a vent and the power connection.

This may not be a gamer’s machine, but it’s quite snappy, responsive and easy to use.  It’s solidly built and it’s a bit more heavy than you’d expect, but that inspires confidence.  YouTube videos play well and overall the machine performs without any lags.  I have found it to be a joy to own.  The only negative is the small, 3 cell battery.  A 6 cell may be a better choice.  The best part?  I bought it for a meager $314.99 at Best Buy.  You can’t beat the price.

Here are the specs:

Warranty Terms – Parts 1 year
Warranty Terms – Labor 1 year
Product Height 0.7″
Product Width 10.2″
Product Weight 2.8 lbs.
Product Depth 7.1″
Color Category Black
Processor Intel® Atom™
Processor Speed 1.6GHz
Display Type WSVGA widescreen (1024 x 600)
Screen Size 10.1″
System Bus 533MHz
Cache Memory 512KB on die Level 2
System Memory (RAM) 1GB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 2GB
Type of Memory (RAM) DDR2
Hard Drive Type Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
Hard Drive Size 120GB
Optical Drive Speeds Not included
Direct-Disc Labeling No
Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, digital media card reader
Graphics Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Video Memory Up to 64MB (shared)
Personal Video Recorder (PVR) No
TV Tuner No
Built-in Webcam Yes
Modem None
Networking Built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Networking Wireless-B+G
Bluetooth-Enabled No
S-Video Outputs None
Speakers Built-in
PCMCIA Slots None
USB 2.0 Ports 3
IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports None
Parallel Ports None
Serial Ports None
Game Ports None Laptop Weight Ultraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Operating System Windows XP Home
ENERGY STAR Qualified No


January 31, 2009 - Posted by | Laptops, Reviews, Steals and Deals, WiFi, Windows

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