MSI has designed a new Brazos-powered WindPad 110w tablet with an official launch in August, pre-orders available now
MSI has officially opened the pre-orders for its WindPad 110w with a price tag of $599.99. Tablet users must be reminded that this is no ordinary tablet; it offers superior features than its rivals that may very well justify its high price. Key specs of the WindPad include a 10-inch panel (1280 x 800), 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 32GB solid state drive, a pair of full-size USB ports, a mini-HDMI socket, Windows 7 and AMD’s Brazos processor platform. We’ll focus deeply into the new tablet and look at its press release.
MSI, a manufacturer of computer hardware products, has closely partnered with Microsoft and AMD to produce a state-of-the-art tablet that is focused on providing an enhanced experience for professionals of all sectors, whether they’re at work or when they are traveling. Therefore, it must be noted that the average, casual tablet buyer may not be as interested in the WindPad as professionals in the corporate world.
With the ideal combination of hardware and software, business users will be able perform any type of function without being held back by hardware issues. When they need to lay back and relax, MSI adds nifty multimedia features like a 1280 x 800 screen, rich color, multipoint touch-control screen with wide view angle IPS design and SRS sound to provide its users with a perfect entertainment and browsing experience.
According to MSI’s press release, the tablet’s SRS PC wrap around sound allows real-life sound quality whether the user is using internal speakers, external ones, or headphones.
Andy Tung, vice president of North American sales for MSI says, “Our business customers want portability and multimedia entertainment on the go, and the new hardware and latest software gives us the ability to deliver that experience in a tablet form factor.”
The tablet hosts an AMD Brazos processor and Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) which provides a smooth experience along with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 32 GB solid state drive, 1280×800 screen resolution, a USB port and mini-HDMI port.
It also comes with a complete list of I/O ports supporting numerous external devices, from printers and projectors to mouses, keyboards, and flash drives. You even have the option to connect the tablet with an HD TV.
“The MSI WindPad 110W tablet featuring the AMD Z-Series APU with unmatched AMD Radeon graphics is an exciting new product and a perfect fit for end users that want DirectX 11 capability and vivid HD media experiences,” said John Byrne.
For environmentally friendly, power consumption conscious people out there, the tablet shows off its low electricity consumption of only 5.9 watts, and more than 6 hours of battery time. While this is a few hours behind Galaxy Tab or the iPad series, it is certainly in the top list of Windows tablets.
Easy Face Software is another positive point for this tablet. MSI claims that their software allows facial recognition, which in turn, allows for users to log in without a password requirement. Now WindPad buyers won’t need to bother remembering passwords. While this isn’t exactly a point which would cause people to spend $599 on a tablet, it certainly attracts some tech savvy people out there.
Navigation and typing are claimed to be an easy function with this tablet. The press release states, “The Smart Tracker provides smooth operation, so that you can grip both sides of the tablet and use small finger movements for navigation, an additional navigation control to using the touch screen.” MSI also includes its own application, Smart-O Easy, which allows users to view a full control panel where they can manage the programs and functions they use the most, such as volume control and webcam.
Lastly, the WindPad 110w also includes clever photo management software and a Microsoft Office Starter Pack – two of the applications in the tablet that make this tablet useful and easy to use.
Overall, MSI WindPad 110w seems to be quite impressive with its powerful hardware and nifty software features. The company has gone out of the way to include its own state-of-the-art programs that make this tablet easy to use. But it must be noted that this tablet is best suited for the professional that works in the corporate world, the health or education sector. Normal users may be better off getting an iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, as they offer brilliant features themselves.