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MSI Wind Pad 100 Joins Tablet Party

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So just in case you were in any doubt, this year's Computex is dominated by talk of tablets and the latest we've seen is this example from MSI.
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Sporting a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z539 CPU, 2GB RAM, and a 32GB SSD and wth Windows 7 Starter Edition at the helm, the Wind Pad 100 is essentially a netbook without a keyboard, and of course with a 10in multitouch capacitive touchscreen. All this bodes well for this being a genuine laptop replacement but it does have one rather major problem: the current prototype being shown off is incredibly thick. Such bulkiness is acceptable on a notebook but the whole point of a tablet device is it's supposed to be an even smaller, lighter version. For this amount of bulk I'd want a keyboard.
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The Pad itself has no connections apart from headphone and a dock connector, and there's a webcam on the back. However, you do get a dock with three USB ports and an HDMI output. MSI is also working on a custom interface to make using it for day to day work eaiser, though the current version is very buggy and slow.
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With this model not set to launch for a good while yet (despite having a price of $499 already being bandied about), most of the interface problems should be ironed out and we could yet see design improvements to the hardware. Also, we're assured there are plenty of other designs being worked on including ones that will use Android as an OS. Here's hoping they fare better.

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