News Bits: MSI Wind notebook, 10-inch Eee PC, Aspire 5920 Gets WiMax

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MSI announces Wind notebook

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MSI today announced its Wind PC, a competitor to the Asus Eee PC and other low-cost notebooks. It will be available with 8.9- or 10-inch widescreen displays with LED backlights and a 1024×600 resolution. It weighs about 2.2 pounds (1kg) according to MSI and uses a 2.5-inch hard drive. The Wind notebook is only going to be offered with Windows XP, with no plans for Linux support. The price range for the Wind is $470 – $1,099.

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Asus to launch 10-inch Eee PC

An Asus executive today said that the company is planning to offer an Eee PC with a 10-inch display, the biggest that will be available. The statement was made at the launch of the Eee PC 900, which features a 9-inch display. Asus says they are now including larger screens due to feedback from users. Asus is still working on a larger keyboard and touchpad. No date has been set for a release of the 10-inch Eee PC.

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Acer adds WiMAX to the Aspire 5920

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Acer today announced a new version of its Acer Aspire line with a built-in WiMAX module that will be sold through Sprint Nextel. It is already being manufactured and could be available by the end of this year. The notebook will be sold in conjunction with the service like cell phones are. More details and pricing will be available after the laptop officially launches.

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LG to produce widescreen panels for low-cost notebooks

LG is planning to produce widescreen panels for low-cost noteboopk computers in the second half of this year. Production of 8.9-inch, LED-backlit, 1024×600 resolution panels will begin in August. It will be followed with a 10.1-inch 1024×576 16:9 panel in October and a 9.4-inch widescreen in April of next year.

LG is currently working on LED backlighting technology for notebooks; the company hopes that all notebook panels can use LED backlighting by 2011.

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OLPC XO experiencing keyboard problems

Many domestic buyers of the OLPC XO laptop who purchased one through the "Give 1, get 1" program are experiencing keyboard issues where one or more keys gets stuck down or become activated when adjacent keys are pressed. OLPC says they have been unable to determine what is causing the problem since the keyboards come from several different suppliers. It is unknown how widespread the problems are.

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Windows Vista is an incomplete product according to Ballmer, admits problems

CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer said at an event in Seattle yesterday that Vista is "a work in progress." He also said Microsoft would learn from the mistakes it made with Vista. Ballmer acknowledged that one of Vista’s larger problems is performance, a main complaint of customers, and admitted that many customers are extremely resistant to a move to Vista and are choosing to stay with XP.

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