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The MSI WindPad 100W Gets Official

Jan 17 2011, 2:01pm CST | by , in News | Tablets

The MSI WindPad 100W Gets Official
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It's still not any prettier

Well, the WindPad is officially...um, official. MSI has now given out every detail about the tablet's hardware and pricing. First off, it's set for between €549 and €599, depending on where in Europe you buy it. The processor is a 1.6 GHz Intel Menlow chip.

The WindPad has the internals of a solid multitasking slate. 2 GB of RAM, a 32 GB SSD, b/g/n WiFi, an SD reader and all the slots you could hope for- including HDMI-out. Windows 7 premium (64 bit) is the OS. The battery is given as "± 6hr".

In practice, this probably means three or four, five at the outside, under real-world use conditions. I played with both the Windows 7 and Android WindPads, and I didn't much like either of them. The Windows slate was reasonably responsive, but the big white front frame felt cheap. It wasn't comfortable in hand, certainly not the way the iPad is.

Aesthetics aside, MSI tends to make good machines. The internals on this WindPad are almost exactly what you want for a productivity-focused Windows slate. There's enough RAM here to drive any tasks the 1.6 GHz processor can handle. Video editing/uploading will be sluggish on a machine like this, but basic office tasks and things like Photoshop should be very convenient.

I'd still recommend that anyone searching for a Windows tablet look at the MotionCL first. It has excellent handwriting recognition and- almost as crucially, doesn't feel like a happy meal toy.

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