If you prefer MSI boards over brands like Asus (although I certainly do not fall into that category), you will be happy to know that MSI is planning on throwing its hat into the increasingly crowded ultra-low cost laptop ring. MSI is hard at work on the new device and they are betting on Intel's upcoming Diamondville microprocessor to give it an edge over devices like Asustek's Eee PC. According to an MSI executive, the product should be out sometime in July or August—just a few months after Diamondville is slated to be unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. [PC World]
I actually do prefer MSI logic boards over Asus. I've bought about 20 of them over the past 12 years for system building. They make hardware that always has the features I want, along with a decent price, good bios/diagnostics features etc.
That really means fuck all if I'm buying a subnote laptop, however. Asus has a lot of experience designing and building laptops for other companies, like HP and Apple, and I assume that that expertise lead to the eeePC being as successful as it has been. I don't know if other computer hardware companies can just decide a small, cheap subnote is what's currently hot, and come out with a product that rivals Asus' in terms of quality and reliability.