News Bits: MSI Wind is $399, Vostro 1710 Available, Office Ultimate for Cheap

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Dell Vostro 1710 now available

The Dell Vostro 1710 is now available for purchase on Dell’s Small Business website. It completes the new Vostro lineup, joining the already-available 1310 and 1510.
The Vostro 1710 starts at $799 with a 17" screen; it is available with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and up to 4GB of RAM.

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MSI Wind gets a price tag: $399

Official pricing for the MSI Wind has been revealed. The US will only get the 10-inch version and will be available with Windows XP and Linux. The expected availability date is June 3. The following configurations will be available:

SuSE Linux version:

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 80GB HDD
  • 3-cell battery; 2.5 hours battery life
  • $399

Windows XP version will have all of the above specifications with the following changes/additions

  • 1GB RAM
  • Bluetooth
  • 6-cell battery: 5.5 hours battery life
  • $549

A lower priced $500 Windows XP version should also be available, but there are no details on specs for that price point.

The MSI Wind will be available in four colors, including black, white, silver, and pink.

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Creative introduces X-Fi 5.1 USB sound adapter

Creative introduced its latest Sound Blaster product, the X-Fi Surround 5.1, which connects via USB. System requirements are as follows:

  • Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Pentium 4 1.6GHz/AMD Athlon XP 2000+
  • USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
  • 256MB RAM (XP)/512MB RAM (Vista)
  • 600MB hard drive space
  • CD/DVD-ROM drive
  • Headphones or speakers

The X-Fi Surround 5.1 features Creative technologies such as X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity, CMSS 3D, EAX Advanced HD, and ALchemy 3D Audio. The device is currently available from Creative direct for $59.99.

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ECS to ship 1 million notebooks in Q2 2008

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) plans to ship one million notebooks in the second quarter of this year. The company projects its total notebook shipments for 2008 to be four million, a 60% on-year increase.

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Apply Arctic Silver 5 to your notebook’s processor

Forum member Destiny has written a comprehensive guide on how to apply Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound to your notebook’s CPU. Please see the full thread in the forums.

Student Discount gets you Microsoft Office Ultimate for $59.95

Microsoft is wrapping up their "Ultimate Offer" promotion in which students can buy a fully licensed copy of Office Ultimate 2008 for $59.95 if you’re enrolled at least half time in school. Truth be told, there is no check of your class syllabus, all you need is an email address to sign up and receive this offer from

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