Acer Aspire One vs MSI Wind U100 vs Asus Eee PC

By spiritfly | Hardware

Sep 21


This is our first review. All kinds of comments, opinions and suggestions are greatly appreciated and mostly welcomed.

Acer Aspire One vs MSI Wind U100 vs Asus Eee PC 701

Acer Aspire One vs MSI Wind U100 vs Asus Eee PC 701

We managed to get our hands on two of the currently three available netbooks with the new Intel Atom processor, MSI Wind U100 and Acer Aspire One. We decided to compare the predecessor of them all, the Asus EEE PC 701 which came out in December 2007. Being an older and more of an experimental model, it is obvious that it is slightly out of the league, but we simply wanted you to see the difference and understand what is so revolutionary about these new models coming up.

On first look it is quite noticeable that the MSI Wind U100 is the biggest of them all, but the compromise on that is it carries a 10″ display, a nice large keyboard and they even managed to put some big air vents to carry away the excess heat. Even though the Intel Atom Processor heats much less than the Intel Celeron of the Asus EEE PC 701, MSI decided to implement their own hardcore tool even to this little guy, the Turbo Drive Engine Technology which overclocks the Intel Atom N270 from 1.6GHz to 1.9GHz (UPDATE: The Turbo Feature is no more, read on to find out more) .

The Acer Aspire One has a 8.9″ display, but that extra 1.1″ doesn’t really make a difference because it has the same resolution as the MSI 1024×600 and have in mind that mobility is the key factor we are after, so with smaller size it fits better on a train or plane table for example. Again we have large keys, with better layout than the MSI, and Acer have built-in two card readers, so you can put one 16GB SD flash card for example which will make your total space 120GB+16GB=136GB if you really need more space, and use the other card reader to transfer your pictures or any data from your camera, but I still find the lack of Bluetooth a little imprudent.

The Asus EEE PC 701 or also known as Asus EEE PC 4G Surf or 8G Surf. It’s about 6 months older than the previous two, and it’s the first model which announced the netbooks era. So according to me it is kind of a test model into this sort of PCs. But considering the much lower price, with its solid-state-drive for storage and much smaller size it can still compete with those other two little beasts.


Acer Aspire One Msi Wind U100 Asus Eee PC

Acer Aspire One Msi Wind U100 Asus Eee PC

Both Intel Atom carriers have a nice sleek design with a glossy case and nicely rounded curves, except for the Asus EEE PC which has sharp edges, a characteristic of the Asus design style, and the feel of its plastic case is somewhat rough. The MSI has a nice sleek logo centered on the top different from their original. The Acer also has great design with little details of orange hinges on both sides to make the whole thing look fancier. They all come in more different colors(white, blue, pink, black..).

Although design is more of a personal thing, the logo placement, the stylish power and WiFi buttons, and orange hinges on the sides makes me want to just take a bite of the Aspire One.

1st: Acer Aspire One

2nd: MSI Wind U100

3rd: Asus Eee PC


Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Keyboards

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Keyboards

The MSI and Acer have large keys with the standard US layout unlike the Asus which has fairly smaller keys and typing can be troubling at first. Also the numbers on the Asus begin right from the start on the left side with the tilde key missing so hitting the correct numbers can be quite messy. The needed pressure applied is slightly harder on the Acer keyboard, which I personally like, and the clicking noise on the MSI is fairly higher than the Acer. The Acer has smaller arrow keys and with separate PgUp and PgDown keys next to them, which I find more usable. The arrow keys are bigger and thicker on the MSI, but the Page Up and Page Down keys can only be used with the Function Button and the Up and Down Arrow Keys. Also the Fn Button is placed on the left down corner on the MSI, and can often be confused with Ctrl.

The most important thing about the keyboard would certainly be the layout. Acer paid attention to this part so I will again proclaim Acer as the winner here.

1st: Acer Aspire One

2nd: MSI Wind U100

3rd: Asus Eee PC


Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Touchpads

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Touchpads

The touchpad is small on all three of them, the smallest being the one on the Asus which, considering the size, is understandable. The MSI has the best layout and feel on the touchpad. I find the Acer’s touchpad a little harder to work with, my finger gets stuck and the placement of the two buttons being vertically aligned on the both sides is not really handy. The buttons on the Asus are placed under one plate, but I noticed that it is made somewhat loosely. The dimensions of the touchpad areas are: MSI – 3″x1.5″, Acer – 3″x1.1″, Asus – 1.8″x1.2″ .

Touchpad is something I use in the very last stage of emergency, like when there are no mouse’s in a 5km radius, but according to Murphy’s Law times like these seems to occur much often than predicted, so I think it is still important to have a handy, easy to slide on touchpad, and correct layout of the two buttons. That’s why MSI takes the point on this one.

1st: MSI Wind U100

2nd: Acer Aspire One

3rd: Asus Eee PC


Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Displays

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Displays

At first I thought this one is going to be a hard battle, but after I increased the brightness level on both the Wind and Aspire One I noticed a huge difference. The MSI displayed the white color pretty good, but the Acer seemed like it has a little red tint, and was much darker than the one on the MSI. But the contrast battle seems like it is won by the Acer’s Aspire One. Even though the monitor is smaller, the lines were much sharper. Another difference that may cause this huge distinction is the screen material used. MSI Wind has matte and the Acer Aspire One glossy screen. There is a huge debate on which one is better and for what use, but for a netbook that has to be mobile and probably used often in a bright day on the beach or by the pool I prefer the matte variant, since glossy screens are known to reflect light. When comparing the picture on another viewing angle, it was quite obvious that the Acer keeps its colors and brightness level even at much steeper angles, unlike the Asus EEE PC and MSI WIND U100 which do keep its colors, but seems to lose its brightness. The resolution is the same on both Aspire One and Wind U100, 1024×600 not much, but enough for displaying a web page without having to scroll left and right. The Asus EEE PC on the other hand, has a resolution of 800×480 so having in mind that these were built mostly for web surfing it can be quite annoying when the horizontal scroll bar appears.

This battle was decided from the moment I turned the brightness to the maximum on both notebooks. Maybe the Acer won the viewing angle competition, but I’m sure you won’t gather your buddies around that tiny thing to watch a movie or something. So its brightness and natural colours over viewing angle. Brightness/Colors wins, and that’s the MSI Wind U100. Period.

1st: MSI Wind U100

2nd: Acer Aspire One

3rd: Asus Eee PC


Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Batteries

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Batteries

Both the Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind U100 are being sold now with 3-cell battery or 6-cell battery. The official ratings for the battery life are about 3 hours for the 3-cell battery and 7 hours for the 6-cell. I don’t know how they measured that, but we just turned on and left all three of them connected to a WiFi local network, and the results were as follows: about 2 hours and 20 minutes for the MSI Wind U100, 2 hours and a half for the Acer Aspire One and almost 3 hours for the Asus EEE PC 701. Maybe the Intel Atom consumes much less battery than the Intel Celeron of the Asus’s, but the reason the Asus showed better results are because it doesn’t have a mechanical hard drive, which eats some more battery than a solid flash memory disk. Also the 7″ inch display has less consumption and it has 4-cell battery instead of the 3-cell of MSI’s and Acer’s.

I didn’t have in mind to compare the Asus on a head-to-head comparison with the two Atom netbooks, but since the results are tied on those two and the Asus has noticeable difference in battery consumption I must say it’s the winner here.

1st: Asus Eee PC

2nd: Acer Aspire One

3rd: MSI Wind U100


All of the three have a built in 0.3MP webcam, and the quality of the video to my amazement was pretty sharp and bright on all of them. Card reader, LAN port for network connection by wire, VGA port for output on another monitor, headphones and microphone jacks, three USB slots they’ve all got that covered, but there are some unique features that can make big impact.

The MSI has done another smart move by throwing a Bluetooth adapter in, so you can connect your phone or handheld device and transfer your pics, mp3’s or whatever data you choose to. There were rumors that a Turbo Mode can be turned on by pressing the Fn+F10 which boosts the Intel Atom N270 from 1.6GHz to 1.9GHz, but as it turns out MSI released only the first few models with the turbo mode, and now switched that functionality with an ECO Mode which can only be turned on while in battery mode and what this does now is it lowers the processor to 900MHz to save battery.

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Features

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Features

The Acer’s answer on this is that has two multi card readers built in, so you don’t have to swap back and forth your memory card with another one that you just took out from a camera or a phone. The one is for storage expansion, and the second for easy file exchange. I’ve noticed a strange dummy sim card slot just behind the battery, but as I said this is just a dummy, so its blocked and non-functional. According to Acer’s announcement we should expect an upgraded model of Acer Aspire One with a sim card slot for 3G features in November 2008.

The older Asus model has also some unique features that should be mentioned. It still has a 56k modem built in, and has a Solid-State-Drive as a hard disk. The reason I’m mentioning this as a feature is because unlike Hard Disk Drives, the SSD’s are faster, do not make any noise, consume less power and are highly reliable due to the low risk of mechanical failure. You can shake and quake this little buddy as much as you like and it won’t fail.

If Acer had their Sim Card Slot working, I’m sure it would have been the victor. But then again having in mind the mobility as a prime factor, as surprising as this can sound, I will announce the Asus EEE PC as a winner in this category.

1st: Asus Eee PC

2nd: Acer Aspire One

3rd: MSI Wind U100


Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Benchmarks

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Benchmarks

The Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind U100 have the same specifications so the benchmark test we did on them showed a minor difference. We tried to get results with FutureMark’s PcMark05 and PCMark04, but it never showed up any results. We installed all the necessary codecs updates and Windows Updates and still it did not report any score. I assume the cause of this is the old benchmark software we used doesn’t can’t run on the new Intel Atom processors because of it’s totally different architecture. The reason we used older versions is because these netbooks are low on performance as compared with most notebooks, and the newest version of PCMark Vantage is made to measure a lot more powerful machines than the netbooks are. So we used a good alternative, the Passmark PerformanceTest 6.1 Build 1017 and the overall score was almost the same on both Acer and MSI, but the Asus EEE PC showed only half the score of the previous two. You can see the details of the benchmarks here.

1st: Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind U100

2nd: Asus Eee PC


Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind U100, Asus Eee PC 701
Specification Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC 701
CPU Intel Atom N270 1.60GHz Intel Atom N270 1.60GHz Intel Celeron M 900MHz
RAM 1GB DDR2 667MHz 1GB DDR2 667MHz 512MB DDR2 667MHz
Storage 120GB SATA 120GB SATA 4GB
Storage Type Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive SSD Drive
Display Size 8.9″ WSVGA 10″ WSVGA 7″ WVGA
Resolution 1024×600 1024×600 800×480
Graphic Card Mobile Intel 945 Express Mobile Intel 945 Express Mobile Intel 910GML
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
Bluetooth No Yes No
Card Slots 2 x 4-1 card reader 4-1 card reader 4-1 card reader
Size 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches 6.3 x 8.9 x 0.846-1.4 inches
Weight 2.2 pounds 2.3 pounds 2 pounds
Ethernet 10/100Mbps 10/100Mbps 10/100Mbps
Modem No No 56K
Jacks Headphones/Mic Headphones/Mic Headphones/Mic
Webcam/Mic 0.3MP/Yes 0.3MP/Yes 0.3MP/Yes
OS Windows XP Home Windows XP Home Windows XP Home
Battery 3-cell Lithium ion 3-cell Lithium ion 4-cell Lithium ion
Speakers Stereo Stereo Stereo
Case Included Yes Yes Yes


Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Size

Acer Aspire One MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC Size

1st – Acer Aspire One

1st in Design, Keyboard, Performance

Performance and style is all what this little buddy is about. Although similar at quick glance with the MSI Wind it certainly overshadows it with its fancy little details and black glossy monitor. If you want to carry this thing for fun while out with your buddies, or simply want to have something that you can surf on and stare at while having a coffee with your significant other, and still get the best out of your netbook while using it for serious work(as serious as a netbook can handle) this is the stuff to get. I got it and I’m perfectly satisfied. I carry it with me everywhere ever since, work or fun it doesn’t really matter for the Aspire One, it does all of the jobs perfectly well. Another thing I forgot to mention is, it has the best sound of them all. It is loud for its size and the quality is by far the best of the three.

They could have put the sim card slot feature, but I’ve heard somewhere that it can be upgraded in future if you need it, so you can have internet through the sim card anywhere you want, or see your buddy with the webcam while you talk to him through the mobile network. Another thing that kind of annoys me, but I’m getting used to is the touchpad. Its small and to get from the top to the bottom you have to slide your finger several times. And the material it is made from it gets my finger stuck. But its still a good compromise for the other features you get.

2nd – MSI Wind U100

1st in Touchpad, Display, Performance

Are you a movie lover, surfer and business man? Well whatever the cause you need a netbook for, the MSI Wind can deliver. With its 10″ display you can certainly enjoy moives and clips on full screen while not alone. With its size a little bigger than the Acer’s Aspire One maybe its just over the limit for being a handy surf pc which you can even put in your laps while driving (whoops not safe! ..ok, ok, while waiting on a traffic light) and not as classy as the acer, but the power of the better display and the presence of a bluetooth can be decisive for some.

But let my just show you what played the key part in my personal decision:

Msi Wind U100 Fn and Ctrl Button Swapped

Msi Wind U100 Fn and Ctrl Button Swapped

Why? Why do people do such bad things? Why do the English drive on the left side of the road? We will be never really sure, but this one made me choose the Acer Aspire One. They were tied in every field that it all came up to this little glitch. Well after that I found software which swaps the fn and ctrl keys but it was already too late, and I’m glad it turned out this way. The acer fits perfectly in the side box on the door in my car, and the wind wouldn’t have. :)

3rd – Asus Eee PC 701 4G Surf

1st in Battery, Features

Well if you do need a small budget netbook, which doesn’t weight much, this is the one. The price is much lower than the previous two, and you still have some better things that are worth to take a look into. The storage is not mechanical which means if you drastically shake, like if you drop it harder on the table it won’t fail so your data is safe. The battery lasts much longer also which is another plus.

Realistically the keyboard is a joke. It is made either for asians or for little kids. I had this model for some time, and I got used to the keyboard, but if you need to spend more than 15 minutes typing on it, you will drain yourself physically and mentally. So if you are a serious typer, it is a definitive no no. But you can still perfect for kids. It’s cheap, they won’t have trouble typing on it, and you won’t have to worry if they drop it or hit it harder. :)

So between the Acer Aspire One vs MSI Wind U100 its:

Design vs Display

Touchpad vs Keyboard

Lighter vs Heavier

Small vs Big

Storage Expansion vs Bluetooth.

Hard to decide, but I think mobility is the key factor here, thats why one would buy these things in first place, so I choose Acer Aspire One over MSI Wind U100.

You did/plan on doing the same? Share with us why. Don’t agree with my decision? Please, prove me wrong.

Leave a Comment:

(29) comments

Mathieu September 22, 2008

Thanks for the review, but here are a few things to consider:

About the Acer Aspire One, I noticied two major mistakes in your review: 1st- Only one of the two memory card slots can be used to add storage capacity to your hard drive, not the two of them.

2nd- In your specs, you list it with a 1.3MP Webcam, which is not the case. It’s equipped with a .3MP webcam [640×480 = 307 200 pixels or roughly .3MP(Mega pixels, Mega = 1 million)]

I would suggest that you proof-read your articles before posting them too. Just copy-paste them into Word and run the spell checking ;)

In your specifications, there’s a typo with “Wheight” , it’s Weight ;)

design September 23, 2008

it is really crappy

spiritfly September 23, 2008

Thank you for your honest criticism Mathieu, really appreciated.

We worked on the review for three days in a row with little sleeping so in the end we kind of rushed things up which resulted in such mistakes. I fixed them, hope you guys don’t mind.

We are fully aware that our review is not perfect considering it is our first and we’ll do our best to make the second more detailed and clean. And if we don’t succeed in that, we are prepared to move at :D


Igor September 23, 2008

Crappy reviews rule! :)

Chad W Smith September 24, 2008

I liked your review. I was looking for a head-to-head, and you delivered. A few suggestions, since you asked for them.

1. Divide up the pictures and the captions. Make it clear and easy to find out which label goes with each picture. In other words don’t make it one picture with all three screens photoshopped together and label it Acer MSI Asus. Make them three separate files, with white space and/or a border between them, and individually labeled. Having all 3 names under the Acer leads to confusion.

2. Reviewing models that are no longer in production is no substitute for the latest model. If you can’t get your hands on the current model, just don’t review it. Don’t even mention that you were planning on adding the Asus – just compare the Acer and the MSI. (That’s what brought me here in the first place.) Reviewing stuff that’s been around forever (yes, a year is forever in the world of tech) is not a smart move – and might be why two people used the word “crap” in the comments.

3. Kind of in line with 2 – if you don’t have something to say about a feature – don’t mention it. don’t put a page up for performance if you aren’t going to talk about it. And, again, don’t tell us what you can’t tell us. Don’t say “We tried to get more stats, but we failed.” Again, that’s just begging for insulting comments. All that page told us was the Acer and the MSI are better than the old Asus (obviously), and you can’t run tests very well. We didn’t need to know the later, and the former was obvious from the specs.

4. If you are going to declare “winners” on each page – give us an overall winner. Your last page should have not been the raw spec data. Including that is fine, but you need to have an “in conclusion” page – like “We really liked this, this, and this about product A. But it had these problems here: a, b, c. We loved that, that, and that about product B. But we could have done without: 1, 2, 3. Ultimately, thought, this, that, and the other won out, and product A came out as the clear winner in our book. What do you think?”

That last sentence is important. It encourages comments, and makes us readers feel important, empowered, and valued – – even if we are not any of those things.

But the main thing is, wrap stuff up nicely in a one page, or even one paragraph summary for us. Some readers might just skip to the last page expecting to find the winner. And while I’m sure you’d rather everyone spend as much time on your site as possible – having them read the last page and leave, with the possibility of coming back for the last page of your next review is better than having them come once, skip to the last page, not find what they are looking for, leave quickly and never come back.

Also, if you are reviewing three or more items, do a 1st, 2nd, 3rd thing. Don’t just give one clear winner, and no second place. Now if there is one that blows everything else away, say that, but still order the rest of them in best-to-worst order.

4. Specifically to this review – did the Acer have BlueTooth or the MSI? Because on one page you say the MSI – even stating that it somehow balances against Acer’s 2nd SD slot. But on the Specs page (page 9) you say the Acer has BT, but the MSI does not. Which is it? I’m assuming the Specs page is wrong. But either way, it needs to be corrected.

5. Keep it up. Reviews are great! We love reviews. Keep ’em coming!

Igor September 24, 2008

Ok just to let you know that my mate that made the text review read your comment and he will start to implement some of the suggestions you made. He’ll get back to you later. Tnx alot.

Foster-Kid September 25, 2008

I think it was a good review… quite good if this is truly your first one. There are a lot of review sites on the net and their all trying to do the same thing, so keep your head up. I’ve read reviews on much larger sites that were MUCH worse (although, like I said, I think this was rather good).

Some of the comments above should be taken seriously, others (i.e. crap) are useless. Again, why say something if you’re not going to back it up?

My biggest gripe here is that even though you did choose individual winners (and yes, you should have left out the 701, it does not belong in this company) you neglected to give us an OVERALL WINNER.

This is essential for someone like me, because I really listen to what some people say as far as their experiences with different subjects. Go out on a limb!! Declare one of these two netbeasts a winner! It’s your website…. give YOUR opinion.

Thanks for doing this though, really enjoyed it.

spiritfly September 25, 2008

Chad, I’m impressed by your effort to help us improve. I completely agree with your points, and I tried to fix some of them.

1. Not Done. I will divide the pictures as you said and make better captions. Its the site’s theme that doesn’t show the captions right, but I work on it.

2. I thought about this one too, but I thought Asus 701 can still compete at some points so I decided to include it. Can’t go back now, so I will let it stay.

3. Again I totally agree. I will try to update this with more info as well.

4. To be honest, after I did the review I still couldn’t decide which one is better even though I needed to buy one for myself. But now that I’m sure and after I saw many of you guys showed interest in a conclusion page I decided to write one. The sections have 1,2,3 places updated and there is a “Display All in One Page” now.

5. This one was a bug at the specs, the MSI has bluetooth, the Acer does not. Its been fixed now. Thanks for pointing it out.

6. It’s been our please writing this review for you guys, as long as you want to read them will be keep writing them :)

Foster-Kid, thanks for pointing some of the mistakes while keeping up your positive tone :) Most of what you requested is now up and fixed.

Thanks for the support guys, I learned a lot from you already, much appreciated!

Igor September 28, 2008

English drive on the left side cos..of the swords or something

Albert October 9, 2008

Good Review, this is just what i was looking for, but i agree with the above comment you should not have added the older asus to the review. Acer has a 6 cell version out now, only thing is it comes with 160 GB HD no SDD :( still going to pick one up tho.

Good review , keep it up :)

JustMe October 14, 2008

Firstly: I’m very surprised and impressed with the quality of these comments. You must be doing something right if people are willing to take the time to help you instead of trolling!!!

I read this review after you implemented many of the above suggestions.

It’s now a good review. I found this to be the most helpful review FOR ME choosing between Wind and Aspire One. (A personal thing based on our similar requirements – this doesn’t mean it’s objectively the best review around.)

Your inclusion of the eee-pc 701 was VERY helpful for me – giving me a comparison against something I already own and am familiar with. I’m surprised just how helpful that was.

However, I agree that it’s unwise to say you included the 701 because you couldn’t get what you wanted! In a situation like this you could say you included it as a reference point for those who own the old one (like me)…. or leave out the old product as people have suggested. If you left it out most people would be happier, but not me.

The 3-in-1 keyboard image was especially helpful. The combined image allows me to easily refer to this saved image later instead of searching for the more common 3 separate files.

I loved the way you rammed home your hatred of the ctrl-fn positioning. It made me stop and think of the ramifications, and change my preference from MSI to Aspire One. I’d even like an extra sentence clearly stating that it’ll break our keyboard shortcuts for copy&paste, save, etc and so we could think we’ve saved a file or made a backup copy… when we haven’t. *shudder*

My biggest gripe: I want an easily spotted printer-friendly link allowing me to save all pages as one file so I can refer to this later.

Possible factual error: An APC webpage dated October 2008 quotes the Senior Product Manager for Acer Computer Australia as saying that “the 3G card won’t be available as an after-sales option” because an internal antenna is required. You said that you’ve read it’ll be upgradeable. (Well worded btw). Perhaps investigate and correct this if necessary.

Will October 15, 2008

Hey guys, soz about the delay in my finally finishing reading the review but with my workload it can take time. :3Amazing however it is just a tad on the long side. I mean it is brilliant but you may want to try and shorten the next one a little. Either that or split it into separate posts?

Any way, on the info I have gathered from this very detailed review I am really really really going to be annoyed if I don’t get one of these for Christmas :P.

Well, I look forward to reading your next review! Just a very quick extra my review of this review (if that makes sense) earns you a whooping :star::star::star::star::star:!

And hows about a gold medal to go with that as well :gold:. It really was amazingly good. I just with mine were as detailed :(.

spiritfly October 15, 2008

Wow this is just amazing! I can’t emphasize enough how encouraging and supporting these comments are to us! It feels great to have such kindhearted and grounded people as commentators. All comments are extremely helpful and mean a lot to us, as starters.

Taking the last comments into account I will dare to change a few more things, I hope you won’t mind.

I’m glad we managed to give you a clearer picture for the Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind with this review. It was our pleasure working on this.

By the way we are working on two more reviews for Asus notebooks M51Va and X51L, be sure to come back and check soon. I promise they will be shorter and more to the point this time, without many glitches I hope :)

Best Regards!

NightShift October 25, 2008

Keep up the good work cousin:)

Mehdi October 28, 2008

Thanks guys, but still do not know if I should buy the ACER or the MSI? can please someone help and advise.?
Thanks in advance

Daz October 29, 2008

Really useful review, and for the record, didn’t find any of the things about the review mentioned in the comments a problem. Thanks for taking the time to do the review – it really helped.

Moi November 11, 2008

I plan to use it for my patient records. I use MS Office Access for this. Which one (Wind or Aspire) can handle it? I want a laptop that’s mobile (as I plan to bring it to several clinics) but won’t compromise my records. I have been debating over which laptop to buy for quite some time now. Can you please help me make my final choice?

Thank you very much!

spiritfly November 11, 2008

Hello Moi,

I myself chose Acer and as a field technician I use it just in case I need to check anything on the internet, or download some software, driver etc. Both Acer and MSI are quite the same considering performance so you shouldn’t have any problems using MS Access on it. I personally chose Aspire One over Wind U1000 because it seems more firmly made. Now that I don’t have both, I regret that I didn’t make a video for this review about the displays. If you shake the display back and forth on the MSI Wind, you will notice that its very loosely made which could cause to possibly break in future or at least become more loosely. The Acer’s however is so strong and stable that is doesn’t move at all when you try to shake it. The same is true for the whole chassis of both netbooks, the MSI Wind’s just seems more loosely made. In your position I would choose the Acer without thinking twice. Go for the white color, it suits perfectly for a doctor :) Btw can you write prescriptions? :P

Moi November 12, 2008

I’ve been leaning towards the Aspire One but when I read up on the Wind, I get confused again. I like white very much but I prefer dark colors for gadgets. Re: Rx, of course I write them but you’d have to see me professionally first. Ha ha! Thanks a lot!

Carls December 9, 2008

Now it’s December and this review is still timely! And one of the best reviews for coverage of things that make a difference.

This week the price reductions have started…(Costco for Acer; Buydotcom for MSI). So is this competition – or is there something new coming before the holidays?

ceares February 9, 2009

thanks for this, very helpful. I was firmly set on the Asus, but now I will definitely consider the Acer as well.

Catherine May 20, 2009

THANKYOU! This is EXACTLY the review I’ve been looking for! Well written, clear and concise. Now I know that I must see the Wind and Aspire One in the ‘flesh’ before I choose, and I can choose on cosmetic value only as both are capable of doing what I need.

Samuel C June 9, 2009

‘Why do the English drive on the left side of the road’ you said when talking about the swapped the fn and ctrl keys on the msi wind?

Because everyone else is on the wrong side of the road.

Wizard Prang June 30, 2009

The ancient Romans drove on the left.

In America, they drove on the left until the beginning of the 19th century. My theory is that they switched sides for the simple reason that the British drove on the left.

kristy September 2, 2009


Doctor Jones September 9, 2009

Thank you for spending the time and doing a great review. I really liked how objective you were in your detailed comparison. I am glad you posted the screenshot of the screwy MSI keyboard layout.

Here are some small, almost trivial, suggestions for future reviews like these.

1). When you are comparing battery times, you write out times like (2 hours and a half) instead of 2:30 or 2 hours and 30 minutes. I skipped over this first and had to go back and re-read it. You might wanna use more numbers instead of spelling it out. Using numbers makes it easier to compare quantities.

2). You should include your name somewhere in the top so people know who the author is and hopefully find future work by you.

3). No biggie and I got your joke, but not all of us Asians have small hands (“…It is made either for asians or for little kids.”) :^ )

Thanks for your great review and info. It helped a lot!

Team Roster October 30, 2010

Best you should change the webpage name Acer Aspire One vs MSI Wind U100 vs Asus Eee PC to something more specific for your blog post you make. I liked the blog post withal.

Bud Malikowski November 11, 2010

Very usefull post would it be OK if i translate into Spanish for my blogs viewers? Thanks

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