EeePCnews.de reports the first sighting of the MSI Wind U100 online. The specs match up with what was given in the MSI press release and the price shown is 406 Euro. Expansys also have an MSI Wind page up (aff.) now but there’s no real information available on delivery dates apart from an expected date of June. I personally doubt it will be in peoples hands in June but a launch at Computex in Taipei is likely. These online ads are often just there to pull in early enquiries , to get Google positioning and to attract links from articles like this!
I’m quite interested in one of these mini laptops as a partner device for a MID but I don’t want a Diamondville-based one. I know that the 3D graphics power is going to be better but I’d much rather have a 1.8Ghz Silverthorne-based one with the Poulsbo chipset. It will be cooler, quieter and could return a much more impressive battery life. Clevo told us at CeBIT that 7-hours could be possible with a 4-cell battery configuration. To me, 7-hours autonomy is worth a lot more than a 3D graphics score and a $100 price saving but we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see if it’s really possible.
For some information about the differences between the Diamondville and Silverthorne platforms, see this post.