MSI jacks up Wind prices

Posted on Thursday, Jul 31 2008 @ 00:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Tech Report noticed the MSI Wind notebooks have become more expensive due to rising material costs. The $479.99 MSI Wind U100 with 3-cell battery now costs $499.99 and the one with a 6-cell battery which was launched for $499.99 now has a MSRP of $549.99. But that's not all - it seems most shops are charging even more:
As Laptop Magazine points out, a hike to $549.99 cancels out the U100's pricing advantage over Asus' Eee PC 1000H. The 1000H has similar specs (a 10" 1024x600 display, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a six-cell battey), and it currently goes for $549.99 at Newegg. But that's not the whole story.

As it turns out, many online retailers are actually charging more than $550 for the six-cell Wind U100. Mwave lists the diminutive notebook for $599.99, while Microtel asks $599, and ZipZoomFly demands $559. Folks who ordered the system before the hike aren't necessarily better off, either. Laptop Magazine learned that actually cancelled $499.99 orders when MSI announced the price increase "to avoid being de-authorized by this manufacturer."

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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