Thursday, July 17, 2008

Caught By the Wind

Lately, I have been looking at notebooks because I'm seriously looking into buying one. This is after my wife told me that she asked her mom, who just left for Texas last Friday, if she could buy a notebook for me, which we will be paying for, of course. My wife said that her mom sort of agreed and that gave me a sort of a go signal to start searching for the best one, not necessarily having very high specs but should be a good buy. Well, this morning, as I was surfing the net for the specs of the ASUS Eee PC 900 (which was the first one I considered), because it would really be fit for my mobility, I ran into this notebook by MSI it just caught my attention. You see, I travel a lot and it would really help me to have a notebook with me, especially as I keep up with my lesson preparations for the bible college class that I teach every Wednesday and Friday afternoon, and as I usually carry the church's CPU to and from our church, which is on the third floor, every time I go to my church office in Makati. My wife has an MSI Megabook but she wouldn't allow me to carry it around because I usually take public transportation and also, she uses it for her blogging business (she prefers it over my desktop because hers is faster). So with those things in mind, I have really thought about buying a notebook.

The MSI Wind U100 was the one that caught my attention. First, because it is close to our target price range. Second was because of its size and weight. It features a 10-inch LCD screen which has a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, weighing only 2.3 lb. It utilizes the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor which uses a brand new design structure -- new hafnium-infused circuitry -- which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors -- to conserve energy, giving more time away from the wall outlet -- up to 3 hours with the included 3-cell battery. It also features an 80GB hard drive (which can be upgraded to 320GB as I saw in PC Corner's site), 1 GB of installed RAM (expandable to 2GB), internal stereo speakers, a multi-format card reader(• 4-in-1 memory card reader, compatible with Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro), three USB ports, a VGA monitor port and a Kensington lock port.

Aside from this, the WIND, which stands for Wi-Fi Network Device, is already available here in the Philippines. It runs OS X and according to the hardware profiler, the MSI Wind U100 spoofs the system into thinking it's a Mac Pro. PC Corner says that a few tweaks renders the Wind fully functional, giving access to a $600 Mac.

So, with all these researched, I do plan to get one as soon as I am able to. We have started planning for it.