The win continues…

I seem to have hit a rich seam of win with my recent technology purchases. OK, so it’s only 2 in a row and I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s always nice to have one’s decisions reaffirmed. It’s like the opposite of buyers remorse.
So, first I bought my MSI Wind netbook and it got voted product of the year. Then, last weekend I finally got round to replacing my colour printer and scanner. I had decided I wanted to get an MFP (Multi-Function Printer) rather than separate devices as this would free up some desk space, plug sockets and USB ports in my office and make photocopying easier. So, I shopped around a little and quickly settled on the Epson PX800FW (also known as the Artisan 800).
Not only does it look gorgeous and do all the things I want and then some, but the price has just dropped from £299 to £195. Add a duplex module for an extra £25 and free delivery from Amazon and what gets delivered is a box full of win.
For your £195 you get a 40 page per minute, 6-colour, 5760 x 1440 edge-to-edge photo printer, a 1200 dpi photocopier and 4800 x 4800 dpi flatbed scanner with auto document feeder and a Group 3 fax with colour LCD screen. The unit also communicates via USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and PicBridge with an expansion slot for Bluetooth, has dual paper trays and a CD printing tray and supports about 20 different kinds of removable memory card including USB drives. It probably does more but I don’t want to labour the point.
When I finally get it out of all the packaging and remove the 30+ strips of that heavy blue tape they use to secure everything for shipping it looks even more gorgeous than in the pictures. How rare is that ? Not only that but the LCD control panel folds down at the touch of a button with a slow, silent hydraulic action that is perversely gratifying.
Could things get any better ? We apparently yes because today Kevin Rose blogged his list of Top 10 Gifts For Geeks and there’s my printer at #7. Now I know this is not the be all and end all of affirmations but, like the hydraulic whirr of my new LCD, it’s the little things that make us happy.

Plunge Taken

So I finally made up my mind and ordered the MSI Wind U100 and the extra RAM.
It should be all delivered, upgraded and configured ready to take to TechEd next week 🙂

NetBook Update

Following on from my last post about my mission to buy a NetBook I am now leaning toward the MSI Wind u100. I am also favouring the 10.2" screens over the 8.9" inch screens.
 
Here’s how they have stacked up so far :
 
ASUS EEE s101 :
 
  • Probably the most attractive.
  • Lightest.
  • Most expensive by far.
  • Hardest to upgrade because of slimness.
  • Not available yet anywhere that I can find.
  • VGA camera only
  • UK release dates seem to be slipping all the time.
  • Cannot get 64GB model with WinXP so would have to buy with Linux and install XP from scratch.

HP MiniNote 2133 :

  • Best screen resolution.
  • Feature rich (GB ethernet, express card slot)
  • Fast HDD (7200 RPM).
  • Small screen size.
  • Via CPU, not Intel Atom (next model MiniNote 1000 will have Atom but no release date yet).
  • VGA camera only
  • Second most expensive.

Acer Aspire One :

  • Joint Cheapest.
  • Max 1.5 GB RAM.
  • Small screen size.
  • VGA camera only.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 :

  • It’s a Dell.
  • Joint Cheapest.
  • Small disk size.
  • Small screen size.

MSI Wind u100 :

  • Huge HDD
  • Good feature set for the money
  • Supports in-BIOS overclocking
  • 6-cell battery (9-cell available)
  • Still fairly light

Lenovo IdeaPad s10 :

  • It’s a Lenovo
  • Good features for the money
  • No UK release date
  • Cannot confirm UK Price (the £320 was a press guess based on the US price).
  • Really heavy

So the MSI has it at the moment. I have found a store that will sell it for £309 plus £7.99 next day shipping. The RAM upgrade will cost me £15.00 shipped. I can also get a blisteringly fast 64GB Patriot Extreme Flash Warp SSD at a later date if I want and still have change from the ASUS.

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