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Is the Wind as Hot as Other Mini-Notebooks?

As we mentioned before, the mini-notebook craze could be even hotter than the proverbial egg on a summer sidewalk. Face it: hot notebooks hurt—especially during shorts season. No one wants a burn on their legs from a laptop, a keyboard that heats up your fingers, or a mini-notebook that might cause a hot tub–like effect. So, does the MSI Wind keep its cool compared to other mini-notebooks? Let's find out.

Just like before, we whipped out our Raytek Mini Temp Non-Contact Thermometer Gun and took the temperature at three areas on the Wind: the underside, the keyboard between the G and H key, and the touchpad. In two out of our three testing areas, the Wind registered temperatures that were closer to our control notebook, a Dell Latitude D630, than to the other mini-notebooks.

The underside is where the Wind really shined. It registered a full 21 degrees cooler than the HP Mini-Note and 9 degrees cooler than the Eee PC 4G.

Once again, on keyboard temperature, the Wind was just a few degrees warmer than the Dell notebook and several degrees cooler than the rest of the minis, except for the cool-as-Fonzie CloudBook.

Finally, the touchpad is the only area where the Wind seemed to generate significant heat, although it still bested both Eee PCs. It seems that the Wind's CPU is located beneath the touchpad, which would account for its toasty temperature.

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