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I’ve got good news and bad news on the MSI Wind front. And if you’ve read the headline, you probably have a good idea which news item falls into which category.
First the good news. As expected, MSI has begun shipping the Wind notebook this week. If you placed a preorder at the MSI Shop, ZipZoomFly, Amazon, Buy.com or most other online stores, there’s a good chance your computer is on its way to your door.
The bad news is that the global battery shortage has hit MSI hard. We already knew that the first units out the door would have a 3 cell battery rather than the 6 cell battery MSI had planned to include. But we didn’t know until today just how long you’d have to wait for a Wind notebook with a higher capacity battery. CrunchGear reports that you won’t be able to pick up a 6 cell version until September.
The 3 cell unit will cost $20 less than the 6 cell version, but I think a lot of folks would rather have twice the battery life for a few bucks more.