It’s official: MSI Wind with 6-cell battery gets a $50 price hike

Last week a version of the MSI Wind with a 6-cell battery showed up online for $570. While MSI had originally promised to release the Wind with a 6-cell battery for $499, the company scaled back its plans before launch date due to a battery shortage. If you’re lucky enough to have found an MSI Wind in stock pretty much anywhere, odds are you found a 3-cell version for $479 or $499. That led to an obvious question: Had MSI actually raised the price of the 6-cell version, or was one retailer playing fast and loose with the pricing on a rare computer?

Turns out the truth is probably a bit of both. Laptop Magazine is reporting that MSI has confirmed a $50 price hike for the 6-cell Wind. That means you probably won’t find the laptop anywhere for less than $550. No word on why Mwave, the first retailer I’ve found to actually ship a few units before running out of stock, decided to boost the price by an additional $20. My guess? Because they could.

  • http://vrbtm.livejournal.com Peter

    I’ve been calling this forever. 550 – 600 is the price point for these specs, not just a manifestation of greed on the part of Asus. MSI got a lot of good buzz for keeping theirs below 500, but it wasn’t realistic.

  • Dean M.

    “running out of STUCK,” oops.

    I wonder if Asus knew about this. the $100 price cut puts these two neck at neck. Everything would be the same except:
    Wifi-N
    Multi-Touch trackpad

    Although most reviewers put the Wind ahead of the 1000H before, I wonder what they’ll say now that the price plane is level. I think MSI made a smart move by this, because all of the reviews are already out, and everyone picked the Wind when there was a $150 price difference. No one’s going to re-review their decision now.

  • http://liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

    Well, not exactly easy.

    A) Newegg is the only retailer I’ve seen selling the Eee PC 1000H for $550
    and Newegg is out of stock.
    B) According to Laptop Magazine, the MSI Wind gets about 30-40 minutes more
    battery life out of a 6 cell battery than the Eee PC 1000H

    So it all depends on which features matter the most… and how soon you want
    to buy.

  • FDAMAN

    You forgot one of the most important benefits of the 1000H over the WIND – accessibility! 2 screws and you’re deep inside the EEE – everything is right there under the bottom access panel – memory and HD can be swapped in minutes – and that’s important to hobbiests like myself – the WIND just fails in that respect.

  • Merri

    HELP!!!! Need opinion, now I’m torn between the MSI Wind with the 6 cell battery or the Asus 1000H. Any suggestions? Is the Asus a better idea due to the fact it’s easier to upgrade? Thanks for any help anyone can give me

  • FDAMAN

    Hey
    Since they’re both the same price now, and the EEE has at least 3 more features than the WIND….and the fact you can get an EEE now…the choice is easy!

    FDA

  • http://liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

    Whoops. I should read the AdSense on my own page more often. It looks like
    you can also pick up an Eee PC 1000H for $550 from Excaliber PC:

    http://www.excaliberpc.com/products/products.ht

  • Dean M.

    psh. No one actually reads adsense.

  • Merri

    Brad and FDAMAN,
    Thanks much for the info and suggestions. Could not find the ASUS 1000 to order. Went with the MSI. Q2 Designs actually have the 6 cell 2 GB in stock. $599.00 little pricey but tired of waiting. I have a feeling that’s the way MSI planned it though. Build us all up about the MSI and then the frustration over all the delays – we’ll agree to anything. Should receive it in a day or two. Will give you an update. Thanks again!

  • Merri

    Forgot to mention , Mike at Q2 Designs was great with the order for the MSI

  • bedn1

    Hey, you should look at the bright side – MSI Wind (3cell) is $800 here in the Czech Republic, so stop whining ;-)

  • bedn1

    Hey, you should look at the bright side – MSI Wind (3cell) is $800 here in the Czech Republic, so stop whining ;-)

  • bedn1

    Hey, you should look at the bright side – MSI Wind (3cell) is $800 here in the Czech Republic, so stop whining ;-)

  • http://www.laptopbatteriesinc.co.uk/msi-laptop-battery-c-54.html msi laptop battery

    MSI made a smart move by this, because all of the reviews are already out, and everyone picked the Wind when there was a $150 price difference.

  • http://www.laptopbatteriesinc.com/ mylaptopbattery

    I hope MSI become better and better in the future