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Several online retailers are taking preorders for the MSI Wind U120 netbook. The U120 is MSI’s sequal to the MSI Wind U100, and to be honest, there aren’t a ton of differences between the two products. The new computer adds support for 802.11draft-n wireless and a 6 cell battery appears to be standard on all models so far, while the MSI Wind U100 shipped with either a 3 or 6 cell battery.
The U120 also has two distinct mouse buttons for left and right clicks below the touchpad, while the older netbook had a single button with a rocker dial. And as jkOnTheRun points out, there’s some new software on the U120 including a facial recognition program that lets you login to your computer by flashing your mug at the webcam.
Amazon is showing three models right now, the MSI Wind U120-001US, the MSI Wind U120-024US, and the MSI Wind U120-020US, with prices ranging from $379.99 to $469.99. The last one is the most expensive, and actually ships from J&R, which also does a better job of explaining the differences between these computers. According to J&R, the U120-020US has Bluetooth, 802.11n, and a 160GB hard drive while the other models have 120GB of storage and no Blutooth or 802.11n. But the Amazon product listings make it look like all three models have the same specs. So place any pre-orders with care.
I just bought an MSI Wind U100 from ZipZoomFly.com – but the same model was listed at J&R. It’s a U100. It has WiFi-N, BlueTooth, 160GB HD, and a 6-cell battery. It cost me $349.99 with free shipping. J&R has it for $369.99 – https://www.jr.com/msi-microstar/pe/MSR_U100422CA/
I’d really like to know what makes this u120 version worth $100 – $120 more.
Here are the two J&R descriptions. You tell me which is which.
MSI Microstar Windbook U1******** 10″ Netbook – Black and Gray
Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz / 1GB RAM / 160GB Hard Drive / 1.3 Webcam / 802.11BGN / Bluetooth / 4-in-1 Card Reader / 6-Cell Battery / Windows XP Home
MSI Microstar WindBook U1******** 10″ Netbook – Black
As Seen in the Daily News
Intel Atom 1.6 GHz / 1GB RAM / 160GB Hard Drive / 1.3 Webcam / 802.11GN / Bluetooth / International Keyboard / 6-Cell Battery / Windows XP Home
One is $370 – the other is $470
Newegg is at least claiming to have one of these in stock:
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