a few notes from Xmeld, and some pictures for our customers, by request. please delete if not appropriate for these forums.
This unit is still in very short supply, after our initial shipment goes out this week, we have no firm dates of resupply. Likely a two week wait. Preorders have not even all been filled yet. If you need it fast, let us know, we may be able to refer some other good resellers that have a few in stock.
the MT34 is a great cpu, and usually available, but it does go out of stock every once in awhile for a few days. The MT30 is readily available.
The WXGA screen is excellent - the glossy style without too much glare.
Barebones shouldn't be a problem for experienced laptop owners.
The keyboard has, as far as we can tell, no flex. It is very comfortable to type on and responds very well. The touchpad, while different, is actually pretty useful if you can use your thumbs to glide. There are plenty of options to reduce sensitivity or turn off while typing.
There is an extra button for bluetooth, so you won't have to go through the on/off wireless button of the s270. You can use BT and wireless together.
Here are some pictures for anyone wondering about this model, sorry for the poor quality of the shots:
open front, firewire port visible.
Left side of the laptop. Power, 2x usb, network, modem, DVDRW
Right side of the laptop. card reader, PCMCIA, fan exhaust, svideo, 2x usb, vga.
Keyboard. two 'windows' keys. Function key to the far left, MSI usual.
lower right keyboard, x700 sticker. indicator lights on the lower right edge.
Back of the unit: (by the way, the white indentation on the lid actually glows from the LCD, so it emits a soft white light that would be useful for customization). You can lift the unit by the LCD without creaking or hinge movement. The lid is extremely strong, much more so than any other units we have. Likely reinforced alloy as MSI likes to do. The battery is flat and square with the back of the laptop.
bottom of the unit, two bays, both exposed. hard drive on the left with simple cage design. to the right, the other bay, with obvious parts to you all. memory at the top, cpu in center, wireless/bt on the left, and gpu on the right lower. The fan connects to the heatsink assembly (not shown) which has a thermal pad and heatsink for both the cpu and gpu. May assist in overclocking for those who wish to dissolve their GPU and their warranty. Bottom feels like the alloy used by MSI in most of their laptops for strength.
the glowing LCD backlid inset. Usually where the manufacturer or reseller logo would go.
a closeup of the interior
heatsink, both sinks and thermal pads for CPU and GPU.
we should have some more later, but that's the bulk of it. Let us know if you have any questions, we'll probably respond faster through direct email than on the forums.