It looks as if MSI's offering is definitely nothing to shrug at, with a good aesthetic appearance, a compact size that doesn't restrict typing too much, nice specifications and apparently a decent battery life. What the article brings out that I find most interesting is the “re-introduction” of the Turbo button. Rare but not unknown, this button will give the CPU a speed boost or a speed drop, both offsetting battery life. Apparently while sitting idle, the machine is capable of over 7 hours runtime – if you can believe the battery meter in Windows XP, that is.
The unit doesn't look much like you'd expect an “ultra-portable” to be, and resembles more closely an actual laptop. Price and size considering, it appears it offers a lot more value per dollar than the Eee PC does now. I look forward to seeing it in action.