Averatec, a company long known for producing cheap computers, is jumping into the cheap ultraportable game. The company’s upcoming computer will sport a 10.2 inch display, a 120GB hard drive, weigh less than 3 pounds, and cost between $399 and $499. And you know what? I’m pretty sure it’s just an MSI Wind with a different packaging label.
If you check out the placement of the ports and LED lights as well as the layout of the touchpad, it seems pretty clear that the upcoming Averatec netbook is just another MSI Wind clone. Laptop Magazine’s Joanna Stern agrees.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I see absolutely nothing wrong with another company bringing a Wind-like laptop to market. While the Wind costs a few bucks more than we were originally led to believe it would, it remains one of the best bargains around if you’re looking for a low cost laptop with decent performance and long battery life. And it’s still a little hard to find in stores. So the more companies there are providing Wind clones, the better your chances will be of actually being able to pick one up.