Apple's iPad may have reached the market first, but ASUS and MSI are hot on their heels. ASUS chairman Jerry Shen has confirmed that the ASUS Eee Pad, the company's Android-based tablet, will make its press debut at Computex 2010 in early June, with a commercial launch in Q3 2010 (more specifically, late July, at least according to component makers). Meanwhile, MSI are also ramping up to launch their tablet, the M Pad, in Q3, though they're apparently watching to see response to the Eee Pad before deciding on precise shipments and marketing.
Word of a new MSI netbook packing a dual-core processor has emerged, courtesy not of the company themselves but of their EnergyStar listing. The MSI Wind U250 has a 1.3GHz AMD Athlon II Neo dual core K325 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard-drive; while the specific GPU isn't mentioned, it will get 512MB of dedicated memory.
MSI's Wind12 U230 range are described by the company as netbooks, but with 12.1-inch displays we'd say they slot more into the consumer ULV segment; either way, one of the newer models, the U230-040, has shown up for a review over at TestFreaks. Based on a dual-core AMD Athlon Neo X2 processor, along with ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, MSI reckon it's a step up from the regular Intel Atom based crowd.
MSI Computers has officially announced the availability of their latest Wind model netbook, the U160. This particular model is actually the winner of the 2010 iF Product Design award, and the company is proud to finally bring the product to the consumers. They're also happy to be abandoning the far more traditional, and perhaps over-used, clamshell design of netbooks. They're going the route of a far more sophisticated look, and we have to say we like the aesthetics.
CeBIT 2010 is coming, and MSI are tipping their hand for what pleasures they'll have at the show. Most interesting are the latest Wind Top all-in-ones, the 24-inch AE2420 and the 22-inch AE2280; rather than the nettop-based models we've seen before, these new Wind Tops will use Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, ramping up to 3D capabilities on the top-spec machine.
We had a brief play with MSI's new Wind U160 netbook back at CES 2010, and came away uncertain about what felt like more than a little flex in the keyboard. Fingers-crossed that hasn't panned out to the latest models, and the people to ask are over at NewGadgets.de; they've picked up a U160 and have promptly shot a video hands-on.
Video unboxing/hands-on after the cut
The slider form-factor isn't unusual in mobile devices - HTC's Touch Pro2 has a particularly nifty mechanism, and larger handhelds, such as the PsiXpda UMPC, have used it too - but how about a 10.2-inch slider tablet? That's what InsanelyWind forum member c0ff33 is working on, turning his Advent 4211c (a rebadge of the MSI Wind U100) into a touchscreen tablet that opens up to reveal the QWERTY keyboard.
When it comes to shopping for a notebook there are those that look for small and portable machines if they are on the go a lot. The user who wants a notebook that will be mostly used in the home or office often looks for a machine with a larger screen for more usability. MSI has unveiled a new larger screen notebook called the CR720.