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MSI begins shipping the Wind (we think)

MSI says it has finally starting shipping its Wind mininotebook

Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl... MSI

Has anyone received an MSI Wind yet? CNET Reviews is still waiting for its promised evaluation unit to arrive, but MSI put out a release today that says the company, after a number of delays, is finally shipping its mininotebook to those who preordered it. MSI must be working through a large backlog of preorders because a quick scan of the sites listed in the release reveals nary single unit in stock. Fry's, Newegg, and ZipZoomfly don't even have it listed. Mwave and list it as out of stock, while Amazon estimates it can ship you one in three to five weeks.

To recap, the MSI Wind is a 10-inch, 2.3-pound laptop that looks to be a serious challenger to the Asus Eee PC. The model found online today is the $499 unit that features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, Windows XP Home, and a three-cell battery. MSI states a Windows-based model with a six-cell battery will be available in September along with a Linux-based model with a three-cell battery.

Those orders that have shipped should be arriving via overnight delivery, per MSI's earlier promise to those patient customers who preordered a unit. If you've received an MSI Wind, please let dear Crave know. And we'll do the same as soon as an MSI Wind shows up for its benchmarking at CNET Labs.

Update: the MSI Wind has landed and been reviewed. Long story short: it's got a great design, and the 10-inch screen aids functionality without taking it out of Netbook range, but the 3-cell battery turns in predictably poor battery life.