MSI Wind Roundup, Availability in the US

MSI Wind PC Almost two weeks ago, the online MSI store was listing the 10-inch MSI Wind as being available today – June 27th – in the US but that’s not going to happen, unfortunately. Originally it was scheduled for June 16th, 2008. Now it’s looking like the week after next, July 7th or July 8th (coincidentally around the same time as the Eee PC 901 and 1000 launch).

An email was posted to the forums (via liliputing) from MSI (a North American contact) stating that it would the week of July 7th, “due to the industry wide battery shortage“. The good news (if you want to call it that) is that shipping for the MSI Wind NB from the MSI Online Store will be upgraded to overnight shipping, free of charge. Contact numbers are listed at the link above.

Meanwhile, jkkmobile has some links to the FCC filing concerning the MSI Wind’s wireless options:
User Manual
Other MSI Wind documents at the FCC
“MS-6837D” followed by Bluetooth 2.0+EDR USB Module is listed at the beginning.

CrunchGear has posted quite a bit of information about the Wind in their first look at it (and they’ve included several videos). Doug Aamoth has been using the Wind for a while and is putting together a full review, but for now, you can view videos of the Wind, including these tasks:

Skype video recording and playback, HD video playback (WMVHD and AVCHD), Photoshop, Google Earth, StarCraft, Ubuntu 8.04, DVD playback with a mounted .iso image using DAEMON Tools, and more.

The Ubuntu Linux install did not work well for him, but Skype video chatting worked well, along with some HD video, DVD playback. He also stress-tested the Intel Atom CPU with decent results.

Finally, Japan is getting the MSI Wind from a company that is not MSI sometmie next month (for a price of around 350€). Akihabara News is reporting that Mouse Computer will release the LuvBook U100, which is actually the MSI Wind U100 in disguise. The LuvBook will come with typical 10.2-inch MSI Wind U100 features, along with 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, 802.11b/g, a 1.3MP camera, and Bluetooth 2.0.

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