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MSI Teases WindBox Release... Again

When we first got a peek at the MSI WindBox in November, we loved it. When we saw it for ourselves at CES 2009, we still loved it.

Essentially, the WindBox is an ingenious but simple device that mounts itself inconspicuously on the back of an LCD monitor, transforming it into a space-saving, self contained computer.

The hardware inside the little box is almost identical to that found inside the MSI Wind netbook, which is also little different from nearly the entire netbook market.

The WindBox is slightly different in thermal design in that it has no active cooling, which means it’ll operate in near silence, save for the hum of the hard disk drive.

While we had suspected much of it ourselves already, MSI today released specifications on the WindBox -- the Atom N270, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M, Intel GMA 950 graphics, LAN, b/g Wi-Fi and 1 GB RAM. Perhaps the one sore point is that it only features VGA out, meaning that monitors accepting DVI input wouldn’t be all that they could be.

Unfortunately, MSI’s press release today was still mostly a tease, offering a vague release date of 2009 Q1 without any price. We hope to get our hands on one soon.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Dekasav
    Neat idea! Not that I could ever live with a pc with an Atom processor, but still, neat.
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  • bone squat
    And which monitors is it compatible with? Details please? Universal? But man those specs are horrendous...
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  • StupidRabbit
    well i guess its ideal for grandmas.. having a 19inch monitor/pc with a minimal amount of cables, used for looking at pictures of grandkids and naked grandpa. and ofcourse typing one mail for hours
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  • not a new idea - the EEE is currently offered in a model that will mount to the back of an LCD
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  • TwoDigital
    Pictures of naked grandpa??? Ew...
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  • twofingerpoi
    MSI would do well to add HDMI output and this could be used as a DLNA media server or media player. I would also prefer 802.11N wireless and an option for a SSD.
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