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.

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11 replies on “It’s official: MSI Wind with 6-cell battery gets a $50 price hike”

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

    1. 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

      1. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

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