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MSI Wind Available - Sort Of


MSI Wind Available - Sort Of

You want an MSI Wind, but you know that they're not going to be in sale for weeks now, and you're not interested in the Asus alternative (after all everyone has an Eee PC) so what can you do? If you're feeling particularly savvy, you might consider the Advent Wind 4211 which PC World conviniently has in stock right now.

You might be thinking right now that the two systems look the pretty similar and that, my friends, is because they are. The likeness arising from the fact that Advent is pretty much just slapping its own name on systems it has had made for it by MSI.

Inside, for example, you'll find a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. Windows XP is the operating system of choice for the Advent 4211 and the screen is, just like the Wind, a 10in affair.

Where Advent differentiates itself from the MSI Wind is in the colour of the chassis, the placement of its logo. Oh, yes, and the small area of price. The Wind has an MSRP of £329. PC World will exchange an Advent 4211 for a much more reasonable £279.99 (albeit plus £4.95 delivery).

Of course, various resellers have different predicted pricings for the Wind which might put it at a closer price, but if you want to get your hands on a system now, you know what to do.


Advent 4211 PC World.


July 3, 2008, 10:40 pm

Just bought one today from PC World, they are in stock in some stores. Overall, a nice piece of kit. Screen nice and bright and good viewing angles. Runs video nicely. For example the HP 2133 mini note struggled with video playback such as Itunes moviews downloads. Generally snappy all round.Only one major niggle so far, the speakers are really tinny and quiet, be warned!

It's &#16350 to &#163100 cheaper than the current MSI price postings on Play, Morgan Computers and Expansys.



July 3, 2008, 11:20 pm

Presumably the reduced price will be because of to the silly 2nd-party warranty that PC World usually puts on kit it sells?

I personally will be waiting for a 'proper' one!


July 4, 2008, 1:30 am

My XP Wind arrives from play tomorrow (no I can't quite work out how either) so time will tell, subject to Parcel Farce managing not to smash it up!

Andy Vandervell

July 4, 2008, 1:44 am

Out of interest Robert, how much did you pay?


July 4, 2008, 5:10 am

&#163329, It's a bit more than this, but I would rather have the MSI and it is considerably less than Expansys wanted for the Linux version.


July 5, 2008, 8:18 pm

Well, it arrived, not the speediest thing in the world, but I wasn't expecting it to be, but it does OK, it just stops to have a think occaisionally.

It looks very nice and has all the bits I would want, the screen is amazing and build quality surprisingly good, as is the keyboard (my last machine was a Thinkpad) and that is about it for now.

I will be throwing in another GB of RAM once I am sure it is not going to konk out on me, though the 'warranty void' sticker is a bit of a worry...


July 5, 2008, 10:05 pm

Only a few quibbles so far, the fan is almost always on, even though the machine feels very cool, though I suppose there may be a way to sort this later, the speedstep does not seem to be automatic, you have to step down the CPU with FN+F10! and the speakers are simply terrible, I would much rather have had a decent single than this awful stereo set!

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