Rob and I have been keeping our eye on the Atom-based MSI Wind, waiting for reviews and hoping this is the subnotebook that finally gets us to drop our dough. At first blush, then, this comparison by Impress is not immediately encouraging… while the Wind scores higher than the Eee overall, the CPU Score is significantly lower than the Eee PC 900, running on a Celeron 900Mhz processor. It means nothing, of course, in the grand scheme of a laptop’s performance, but one likes to min-max.
But wait, what’s that under OS? Loathsome Vista. Perhaps that’s the culprit. It’s inclusion in the chart is curious, since I don’t believe the Wind ships with Vista, only XP and SuSE. So is this just a typo, an unannounced flavor of the Wind or some fool’s lamentable stab at running a bulky, clunky, resource hungry OS on his gimpy subnotebook? Why would you even do that?