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MSI's Windows tablet shown ahead of CES, underwhelms

updated 08:50 am EST, Wed December 29, 2010

MSI WindPad 100W unchanged since June

MSI at a Taipei preview of its CES plans had a demonstration (below) of the WindPad 100W. Despite plans to launch it in 2011, the Windows 7 slate is entirely unchanged from its May appearance at Computex and still runs a 1.66GHz Atom Z530, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. The processor is reportedly the best MSI could manage on a Windows tablet without having to use a noisy fan, NetbookNews was told in its look.

In testing the device, the system was considered disappointing. The decision to use the older processor made it "thick and outdated," they said. Hands-on time in the video showed that the Intel graphics are slow to redraw when the tablet rotates and that either the multi-touch screen, Windows 7 or both aren't immediately responsive.

Company chair Joseph Hsu said better WindPads won't start arriving until March, when the company's model using an Oak Trail-based Atom provides a modest boost. He also confirmed rumors that MSI was waiting until April for Android and would use Honeycomb (Android 2.4/3.0) along with NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

Microsoft has been counting on having a slew of Windows tablets to try again at rivalling the iPad, but the lack of an updated WindPad at the show would hurt its stance at a Las Vegas show where both Android and support for the iPad are expected to take center stage.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MSI Breaks Wind Again

    Now that would have been a more appropriate headline.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS made a big mistake with paint

    Paint is a child's toy. The other apps built into windows - pathetic. I'm talking about notepad/wordpad.

    These mini-apps are what people judge the OS on.

    Microsoft - update those dang apps....I don't care if some rinky dink outfit gets upset with you, you are shooting yourself in the foot again.

    I didn't watch the video to see if they were using MS Paint - but MS Paint is what comes with the OS - you'd make Windows seem oh so great if it came with these great apps that worked great on the tablet.

    But OS purists would say, thats not really the OS! ha, so what, the average joe isn't an OS purist. He's judging the OS by what he can do with it - not what he could potentially do with it.

    You copied apple's iMovie and did a nice Movie Maker app - figure it out and update paint and wordpad. Just do it.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Balmer must be so proud!

    I can hear this in Balmer's bedroom today - hey we did it - a MS tablet. I am THE king.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's why Windows fanbois are so

    ridiculous. It's like they can't live with a tablet unless it runs all Windows desktop apps. They need to strut around showing everyone that they're running Microsoft Office on their tablet even if it runs at half-speed and devours disk space and battery life in a few hours. I guess they also think Microsoft can add some UI layer that will turn all those old mouse-driven Windows desktop programs into touch-based ones.

    Average consumers do not require a tablet to run a full version of Windows desktop and it should be plain enough to see. Microsoft just wants to keep pushing full Windows licenses and MS Office to a few suckers who just want to show off that their tablet is just as useful as a desktop computer running Windows. Fine. At the cusp of a tablet explosion, Microsoft is going to produce another tablet failure because they can't let go of the past.

  1. freddymac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cool tablet..............

    Keep up the great work Balmer. Your doing a fine job.............

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @freddymac: Don't You Mean ...

    "You're doing a heckuva job, Ballsie!"

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