MSI Slider S20: An Ultrabook cum Tablet with Windows 8 and Ivy Bridge
So far we saw laptops, tablets and desktop computers, but this time MSI has offered something extraordinary. Yes, MSI is still in market and is in creating gaming laptops. This time, the manufacturer has launched MSI Slider S20 that looks like Asus EeePad Slider. This model fits in both the categories – tablet and notebook. The device gets keyboard which can be slide out to use conveniently. Due to the keyboard, the device gets a little thicker, but is beneficial to users who don’t have to separately carry a keyboard along. Read the MSI Slider S20 to know what new this ultrabook cum tablet has to offer.
Design and Display :
There is nothing to comment of build quality, but the device gives feeling like a manageable in hands and light in weight. It is a tablet cum notebook that has complex design for its sliding mechanism and screen that is basically larger in size as compared to most of the tablets. The slider functions smoothly and does not give sturdy feeling. It supports USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and HDMI connectivity, giving advanced features to the device. Adding HDMI-out and wired internet connection are the features not given on much of the computers like Ultrabooks. So, this will be a pleasant surprise for users. It also supports 4.0 Bluetooth that is must these days.
When it comes to keyboard, the device gets similar look and feel as of ASUS Eee Pad Slider as mentioned earlier. The device gets cramped keyboard and does not consume specific deck space. The keys are well placed, giving comfort to fingers while typing without committing typos. There may be some flaws in the device, but from outer body, everything looks good.
Considering the display, the S20 sports 11.6-inch Capacitive screen with 10-point multi-touch display which is a little bigger than those screen sizes used in tablets. The screen features a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels size which is common for Windows 8 tablets. The manufacturer MSI has kept the inside details with itself as of now but what we expect is that this device will get few owners in the market, especially those who look for affordable devices. The only biggest advantage is that the screen slides flat to turn from ultrabook into a complete Windows 8 tablet.
Color Choices :
This convertible ultrabook comes in two color choices – Silver and Black. The display is glossy and the tablet carries chiclet styled keyboard.
The device is powered with Intel Ivy Bride processor. One thing is clear that the S20 runs third generation Core processors (Ivy Bridge) and performs well. In fact, it gives good performance which one cannot expect at first place from a notebook like this. The tablet cum notebook has got built-in accelerometer and ambient light, giving good response, even the screen seems very responsive. While using the device the screen responded quickly and gave smooth time swiping and tapping facilities through Windows 8 Metro UI.
What is most interesting is the new operating system from Microsoft has been utilized in this device. So, obviously MSI is gonna get some good attention in the market for its new flagship model that comes integrated with Windows 8 OS, Intel Ivy Bridge processor, bigger and slider screen and good keyboard.
With 4GB RAM, the device is not a bad choice for those who seek normal work to conclude through a laptop. This device after getting loaded with latest operating system and powerful processor is capable of fulfilling your requirements.
Though we have seen hybrid tablet PCs earlier, but this one has some uniqueness, especially because of the newly launched version from Microsoft. The tablet becomes attention grabber due to its sliding feature for keyboard which is used by many tablet owners separately. At least, one does not have to carry a separate keyboard and carry along.
Not much is known except that the device will give 5 hours backup which could include WiDi (Wireless Display). In this short battery life, it is also expected that S20 will run Intel Smart Connect.
Price and Availability :
The device has got robust design and is shipped to Europe for €899 ($1,121) with Ivy Bridge processor. There is one lower model as well that comes for €799 ($996) and get configured with Intel Chief River CULV processor. It is expected that the $799 Core i3 version will see limited supply along with 64 GB SSd. On the other hand, the Core i5 version with 128 GB SSD will be available for around $999.
Released this September, the MSI Slider S20 Windows 8 based device has got good specs to flaunt. MSI claims that it is a new generation Ultra laptop Series that comes lighter in weight and perfectly fits the bill. Weighting at 1.3 kg the S20 gets less than 2 cm thin slider. Advanced connectivity options are provided along with complete array of peripherals and I/O ports as mentioned by MSI. The manufacturer calls this device an Ultrabook that is still not sure may or may not win the hearts of current users. Well, it would be interesting to see both Ivy Bridge version and Windows 8 version running side-by-side on same model.