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.
MSI wasn't much of a name in the American computer market until the netbook revolution began and its Wind line of netbooks proved popular with buyers. The company is now much better known and is offering up some new notebooks for users looking to get more power and a larger screen than is found in a netbook.
We'd question the timing of announcing tablet plans so close to Apple's iPad launch, but with mixed reactions to the Cupertino slate perhaps there's room for rivals to sneak in. MSI's sales director, Sambora Chen, has confirmed that they too have a 10-inch touchscreen slate in the works, which will arrive in the second half of 2010 priced at around $500.
MSI’s new projector concept isn't only just a projector. Demoing at CES, MSI is “combing the brilliance of a projector with the versatility of a PC”. That’s right – it’s a projector with a built-in PC, and cam project up to of 60 glorified inches of HD video on to any white screen, wall, or if rotated 90 degrees (with help from the attachable stand), even the ceiling.
MSI have rolled out their CES 2010 line-up, and we stopped by to grab some hands-on time with the new laptops, netbooks and all-in-ones. While the company might have made a particular name for itself with its budget Wind netbooks and X-Slim ultraportables - with the new Wind U160 and WiMAX-ready U135, together with the X-Slim X620 making their debut this week - they've also got some more horsepower-ready machines, including the Core i5- and i7-based G-Series gaming laptops.
I am a big fan of MSI netbooks, the first netbook I ever owned was a U100 when MSI first started offering netbooks. With the Intel Atom N450 processor, going live netbook makers are coming out of the woodwork with their new netbooks today.
We're not wanting to point fingers here, but we couldn't help but notice some striking design similarities between the new MSI MT-V660 PMP and Microsoft's Zune HD; still, given the number of iPod copycats we've seen over the years, having your industrial design "borrowed" is now practically a sign that you've arrived. Appearance aside, the MT-V660 gets a 3.2-inch display, TV output and a reasonably broad range of codec support thanks to the Rockchip RK2806 chipset.