A few months back, at the Computex press conference, MSI had launched their Windows based tablet device named MSI Windpad 100. It’s a 10-inch tablet device with the best operating system for laptops, but there were a few disappointing features too. The device looks pretty cheap, blaming the plastic body finish, compared to the Apple iPad’s metal external body, and the logo was given much importance which looks ugly. Despite everything, the device still looks OK and one of the reasons why it’s worth a try, is that it isn’t just another android tablets that are being released every other day. It comes with the Windows 7 Starter edition. And the weight of the device is more than that of the iPad, at 800 gms.
The MSI Windpad 100 is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, which isn’t good enough when you are sporting an operating system used in computers, as the processor is more suitable for the high-end smartphones. The 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display was quite responsive, and the resolution of the screen is 1024 x 600 pixels as in most of the other tablet devices. Though the touchscreen response is good, the Wind Touch UI is not that appreciable, with the basic navigation of the applications in the top, which takes a time of few seconds for any application to load. Intel and MSI both claim that the device is a HD video capable, but it doesn’t seem to be, considering the time taken to open the apps and run multiple apps at a time.
The device comes with the 32GB SSD and 2GB RAM, and one of the best things about the MSI Windpad 100 is that it doesn’t contain the ports for various connections, but there is a separate dock included, on which the Windpad stands for the connections. The dock has an HDMI port, 2 USB ports, LAN, VGA and the audio ports, most of which are seen in a laptop. The Windpad also ports a 1.3-megapixel camera in the front, good enough for video conferencing.
The homescreen displays 4 major icons (made to use the app directly on the main screen) for Calculator, Media, Photo gallery and Skype. The Intel GMA3150 graphics responded too slow, and almost got stuck when tried to increase the load. The connectivity options are good enough, with the options of WiFi, Bluetooth, mini-HDMI and there is an option for 3G as well. There is a GPS satellite navigation ability too available.
The battery life of the device is around 8 hours, but the 3-cell battery is embedded into the device and cannot be replaced when traveling, so you need to charge it again through the dock when exhausted. The device also has a face recognition system, and various applications come pre-installed to increase the user experience. The MSI Windpad 100 is priced at $499 and is not too pricey when you are to choose a Windows based tablet device for a change.
Better than the Apple iPad? I won’t compare both of them but still if you are looking for a device which would provide entertainment, with a professional look, go with the iPad. The MSI Windpad 100 is just for the Windows lovers, who don’t want to extend their hands onto something far from Windows.