MSI's newest Wind has gone on sale, upgrading to an Atom N280 processor from the previous N270 for some modest performance gains. What else is new as compared with the last-generation Wind? Four colors instead of two--blue, red, gray, and white, so a family of four could have its own MSI Wind party and not mix up their laptops.
Also new and notable is a TV antenna connector, turning the Wind into a portable broadcast-ready set in a pinch. Most of what we watch these days is on the Internet anyway, but this could always come in handy for live sports or events.
Packed with a six- or nine-cell battery (no three, so you have to live with the "battery bump"), prices start at $380 for the six-cell, and $430 for nine-cell. Both models come with 1GB RAM, a 160GB HDD, a 1.3-megapixel Webcam, and a 10.2-inch screen--no surprises. The nine-cell also adds 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.0, whereas the six-cell just has 802.11 b/g.