MSI is close to releasing its Atom-powered and VESA-mountable WindBOX computer, previously spotted back in November, following an official announcement late last week. The specs aren't whopping – it is a passively cooled Atom 1.6GHz system with 1GB RAM and Intel's GMA 950 graphics set – but the idea of this ultra small form factor machine being concealed behind a monitor using the VESA mount is quite interesting. At the very least it should help saving precious desk space and give you a very inexpensive all-in-one of sorts.


It will reportedly be sold as a barebones unit, so you’ll need to add your own 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and operating system, and it is expected to start shipping this quarter for about $250. Other features of the WindBOX include an Ethernet port and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 jacks, a 3-in-1 card reader, and a VGA output. It weighs just 1.08kg and only requires a 40W power supply.