MSI has released its first netbook with Windows 7, and it’s the Wind U123. In other words, it’s the exact same netbook that MSI has been pushing for the last few months, except it now comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition instead of Windows XP.
Most PC vendors gave their netbooks a slight spec bump with Windows 7 because Microsoft allows companies to bundle low cost copies of Windows 7 Starter Edition with netbooks that have hard drives up to 250GB. The Windows XP restriction was set at 160GB. But it looks like MSI is basically selling the same computer with a new operating system, because the Windows 7 model ships with a 160GB hard drive, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display.
On the other hand, it’s available with a 9 cell, 7800mAh battery, which should help make up for any loss of battery life you would otherwise experience with the move from Windows XP to 7.
You can pick up the MSI Wind U123 with Windows 7 Starter Edition for $379.99 from Neweggfor $380 from Newegg. Or you could just pick up the Windows XP version with a 6 cell battery for as low as $299.99.
I suspect MSI will also probably have a new model to introduce soon. After all, CES is less than a month away.