MSI WindPad 100W Tablet PC Price: Wait for ExoPC Slate

Back at CES 2011 there was a whole host of tablet PCs unveiled, 50 in total. One of them was the MSI WindPad, this is another looking to try and dislodge Apple from the top of the tablet PC charts where the iPad reigns supreme.

Looking back, we reported on the MSI WindPad and some of its specs with a video but something that wasn’t clear at the time was the actual price of the device. The tablet PC has a 10.1” multi-touch screen at the resolution of 1024 x 600, its running Windows 7 starter OS with its own WindPad UI. It has a 32GB SSD HDD, 2GB of RAM, a USB port, a mini HDMI port, WiFi and a single core ATOM z530 1.6GHz processor. It also has rear and front facing cameras. Over at laptoping.com they are reporting that the price of the machine is $709.95 or £499.95 as they found on simplyelectronics.net. There is also an expectation that MSI will have the tablet running on the Android OS.

The thing is, do you go with the MSI WindPad or do you wait for the ExoPC Slate? Engadget’s Joanna Stern has posted a full review of the device. It has a price tag of $599 and is packed full of pretty good specs. It has an Intel Atom N450 processor and 2GB of RAM, it runs on Windows 7, it has an 11.6” screen at a resolution of 1366 x 768 the downside that Engadget report is that it is pretty power hungry, the battery life only seems to last for around 4 hours which for a tablet PC really isn’t that great.

Does either of these tablet PCs interest you? Let us know your thoughts on them in the comments below.

  • http://twitter.com/slortie @slortie

    For business, right now, there is no other valid choice but the ExoPC. It is not perfect yet, but it has all it needs to do the job. We are about to deploy 100+ ExoPCs to our sales reps…..

    • Tim Ollason

      Hi Slortie, can i ask what your criteria was for choosing this for sales reps? Can this sort of a device really support CRM systems without causing the user hassel? What was your previous machine being used?

      Thanks

  • GJW

    Lets say this. As the owner of 2 EXOPC's I would really like to know what this company stands for.
    First the CEO says that it is a software company eg supplying the EXOUI to other brands.
    It hasn't even got the UI to version 1.0 as yet. It has now been apprx 4 mths. However that have gone Retail in various markets around the world.
    Q. If you are a software company and your high priority feature of 'your' software which is 'selling ' the machine is not compete. The why the heck are you selling it now.
    There are people on the EXOPC forum that religiously forgive the CEO and have compassion on him because of the delays, hardware issues etc. Don't get me wrong it is a good machine. But the EXO layer is still non existant.
    I think what this company is doing is making a community of Beta and Alpha tester for them to make the next model . They have promised the UI in mid Feb . I doubt whether it will be productionised. I will not be buying the next model . Why would I purchase in a tablet with 'beta' software from a company with 5 staff just to 'support' their pathetic business model . No thanks…