Unboxed: MSI Wind

It looks uncannily like an EeePC, but this is the new MSI Wind and, from our first look, it's got the skills to worry Asus' line of weeny laptops. The

It looks uncannily like an EeePC, but this is the new MSI Wind and, from our first look, it's got the skills to worry Asus' line of weeny laptops.

The keyboard seems to be an improvement on the EeePC, and the specs are very similar. The Windows version costs £330 (roughly the same as an EeePC 901) and for that you get a 10in screen, Windows XP, 1GB RAM and a slightly larger 80GB hard-drive, making it perfect blogging fodder. Connectivity is also impressive with three USB ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board.

But what about the screen? The resolution is only 1024x600 and doesn't look great compared to the HP Mini-Note's WXGA number, but it does apparently help the Wind provide a very impressive 7 hours of battery life from one charge.

So while some may dismiss it as an EeePC knock-off and rightly point out that it's not as classily built as the Mini-Note, the Wind could yet sneak through on the inside lane and clinch UMPC gold. You'll be able to find out our final verdict in our upcoming vidcast special and full review soon.