MSI WindPad 110W

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For 2011 the tech company MSI is releasing two tablets under their Windpad brand. The Windpad 110W is their tablet that is more oriented towards business and professional use. With the 110W you get a 10 inch screen that is coated in a color film to increase scratch resistance. Windows 7 is the offered operating system and it comes with a Microsoft Office starter package that includes programs like Excel. There are 64 GBs of memory available which can be expanded using the SD card slot. There is also a USB port, mini-HDMI port and front and back cameras. According to MSI everything in the 110W is “cutting edge.”

Features List:

– 10 inch screen

– Windows 7 operating system

– 64 GBs internal memory, SD card port

– USB port, mini-HDMI port

– Microsoft Office Starter package

– Face recognition feature

– Jeremy Scott designed

Press Release

As tablets take the world by storm, MSI is leading the way in terms of R&D. This big name in high tech products is unveiling the latest additions to its WindPad Tablet Series at Computex 2011. They feature the latest, greatest power-sipping processors and a full array of I/O and expansion ports, so hooking up to your computer and multimedia devices at home and work is a cinch. MSI also joined forces with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to design the looks of the MSI WindPad Series. Scott has an impressive résumé, having collaborated with big name celebrities, like Madonna and Lady Gaga, as well as sports product giant Adidas. This is his first time working with the high tech industry.

Taipei—As big names around the world in PCs and mobile phones try their hands at tablet computers, MSI, which boasts innovative R&D capabilities, chic designs, and a cautious approach to market development, will be exhibiting its own wares, including the 10-inch WindPad 100A and WindPad 110W, at both Computex 2011 (May 31-June 4) and L607 at the Taipei World Trade Center in Nangang. Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that MSI’s new generation WindPad Tablet Series includes WindPad 110W with AMD Brazos processing platform and Windows 7 OS as well as the WindPad 100A with ARM Cortex™-A9 architecture processor and the latest Google Android OS. Both tablets are equipped with all-new soft/hardware to satisfy your work and entertainment needs.

Power and style
Mainstream operating systems: MSI’s new generation tablet series include the WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A. The WindPad 110W features Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS—ideal for businesses, because the prevalence of Windows and the enhanced application support vastly reduce the possibility of incompatibility issues. The WindPad 100A uses the latest version of the open-source Google Android OS for which new applications are being designed at unheard of rates. As a result, the WindPad 100A has no problem meeting consumer entertainment software needs. Cutting-edge fashion by Jeremy Scott: MSI went the extra mile to provide its WindPads with sophisticated looks, sheathing them in color film print to not only give them an extra touch of class, but to safeguard them from scratching and wear. So whether you’re zipping along on the subway, kicking back at a cozy café, or enjoying nature, you can whip out your WindPad tablet with confidence. Some beautiful WindPads will debut at this year’s Computex, including models designed by world-famous fashion designer Jeremy Scott who has incorporated cutting-edge style into MSI’s cutting-edge high tech to create the perfect blend of fashion and technology.

Unparalleled entertainment platform
WindPad 110W: MSI’s WindPad 110W packs AMD’s Brazos dual core processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6250 display chip for impressive processing and display performance, giving this tablet graphics processing capabilities on par with a discrete graphics card. Pop open the hood and you’ll find 2GB DDRII of memory, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, a G-Sensor gravity detector, an ALS light sensor, and an SSD hard drive with up to 64GB of memory. Weighing in at 850 grams, it boasts six-plus hours of battery time—the longest of any tablet with Windows architecture.

Complete array of I/O ports: The WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A tablet computers come equipped with a complete array of I/O ports, including an SD card reader, USB port, and mini HDMI slot, supporting the largest number of external devices, from printers and projectors to mouses, keyboards, and flash drives. And if you’re looking to kick up your multimedia experience a few notches, you can connect your tablet to any size HDTV screen or surround sound stereo.

Multimedia that will knock your socks off

Wide screen, dual cam lenses double your visual pleasure: The WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A tablets have 10-inch, 1280*800, rich color, IPS wide-screen displays. Not only are the screens completely viewable from every angle, they provide high resolution video, making them ideal for such applications as graphics work, surfing the Internet, and checking out photo details. These tablets also come with dual cams, one on the front, and one on the back, so whether you’re shooting a video, taking pictures, or using them in concert with the mobile communication software, you can engage in high-quality conference calls with business associates, friends, or family anytime, anywhere.

SRS wrap around sound: The WindPad 110W and 100A come with new generation SRS PC Sound™ wrap around sound to expand the overall sound field, so whether you use the internal speakers, external ones, or ear phones, you get an unprecedented, natural, true-to-life surround sound experience when you finally get a well deserved break from your school or office work.

Most complete assortment of practical applications
MSI Easy Face biometric software: The WindPad 110W tablet computer features MSI’s own facial recognition software which works in concert with the high definition webcams to protect data biometrically. It employs your unique facial features to remember your passwords, so you don’t have to.

MSI EasyViewer photo manager: The WindPad 110W comes with EasyViewer photo management software, so you can use your finger to enlarge, reduce, and rotate photos. Sharing photos with friends and family was never easier.

Office Starter 2010: The WindPad 110W comes pre-loaded with Microsoft’s Office Starter 2010 word processing software, including Office Word 2010 and Office Excel 2010, making your tablet a mobile office. What’s more, in order to meet the needs of mobile workers, the WindPad 110W comes with Adobe Reader, so you can read, print, search, sign, and authenticate PDF files anytime, anywhere. It also comes pre-loaded with Adobe Flash Player to maximize your multimedia experience.

User friendly, one-finger control
Touch control micro-vibration sensor: The WindPad 110W and 100A tablets sport a virtual keyboard design, so you don’t have to relearn how to type and when you’re typing on the screen, a micro-vibration function lets you know that the tablet recognizes that you have hit a key. The micro-vibration feedback makes typing more natural and faster as you don’t have to retype characters that weren’t recognized the first time around.

Easy one-finger control: The WindPad 110W sports MSI’s own Smart Tracker, so you can grip both sides of the tablet and use small finger movements on the hotkeys on the right side of the tablet. Because you can use both hands, your wrists won’t feel discomfort no matter how long you use it. In addition, the user friendly SAS hotkey performs the traditional role of the “Ctrl+Alt+Del” combination to open the Windows Security Window. MSI’s own O-Easy interface offers easier management and use of frequently used functions and software, including turning on/off/adjusting screen brightness, volume, webcam, wireless, mute, and standby mode.

Digital Trend’s Tablet Buying Tips:

Battery Life

At the moment tablet battery life ranges between 7 and 10 hours, with the iPad 2 leading the pack at over 10 hours. As a rule of thumb you’ll want to at least make sure the tablet will last you through the day, so consider what your average usage might in a day be before purchasing a tablet.

Screen Size

How portable does your tablet need to be? How large do you want your screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, while the iPad has a much larger 9.7-inch screen. With tablets, the choice is more crucial, because size is the only thing that separates them from smartphones like the iPhone and Droid. Some reviewers have argued that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is too small, and isn’t usable for many tasks above those that 3- or 4-inch smartphones already perform competently. Steve Jobs made the same argument when explaining why Apple chose a 9.7-inch screen size. Our advice: The best way to settle on size is to visit a nearby AT&T or Verizon store and try out both devices for yourself.

What are tablets?

Tablets are small touch computers meant for a broad array of tasks. Though some are marketed for specific purposes, tablets are meant to be good at a number of things including e-book reading. Though Microsoft failed to get stylus tablet PCs to take off eight years ago, Apple reinvented the category this year. Thanks to the overnight success of the iPad, tablets have begun to pop up everywhere. Modern tablets usually have a full-color LCD touchscreen measuring between seven and 10 inches diagonally, are great at video and Web-related tasks like e-mail, can install applications, and run on smartphone operating systems. Due to a lack of a physical keyboard, these devices are better for consuming entertainment than creating it. The Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and HP Slate make up the first generation of touch tablets. If you have a strong hankering to browse the web, stream movies & TV, check your email, download apps, play Angry Birds, or look at anything in color, a tablet is probably best for you.

What Operating System should I use?

It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. Currently, the two dominant platforms are Apple iOS, which powers the iPad, and Google Android, which powers most of the non-Apple tablets. Fans from each camp could go on for pages about either OS, but the decision boils down to several key differences. Android has a number of exclusive features like Flash streaming support and home-screen widgets, but the iOS is generally a more stable and slick experience with more available apps. Mac or iTunes users will find iOS more accessible, while geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedoms Android offers.

Wi-Fi or 3G?

Internet access is vital to tablets. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything.

Though Wi-Fi versions of most tablets are available, getting an always-on 3G connection is expensive. On most carriers, 3G access will run you about $30 a month for 5GB of “unlimited” data. On a tablet, it isn’t difficult to download 5GB of images, audio, and video from the Web in a month. AT&T is worse, offering only 2GB of data for $25 a month. Some carriers are even offering a $200 discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab if you sign a two-year 3G contract. Before signing up for a plan like this, ask yourself if the $200 savings is worth the cumulative $720+ you’ll pay while locked into contract. Two years is a long time, especially in the tablet market.

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