The MSI Slidebook S20 is a Windows 8-powered convertible ultrabook that has the capability to transform into a tablet using a sliding mechanism. It was first announced in January during CES 2013 and is MSI’s flagship Windows 8 ultrabook. Let’s take the Slidebook S20 for a quick spin by reading our first impressions below.
Unlike most clam shell-type Windows 8 hybrid ultrabooks, the Slidebook is initially a tablet when you take it out of the box and features a 11.6-inch 1080p IPS display with a 10-point multi-touch screen. The body is made of durable plastic with two different finish – the top part having a glossy finish while the bottom is metallic. It is 20mm thick and weighs 1.16kg which is relatively light for a notebook but really hefty for a tablet.
As the name suggests, you will need to slide the top part of the device to reveal the keyboard. The Slidebook doesn’t use a stand or any locking parts to prop the display up, instead it uses a tight hinge that keeps the display in place. All you have to do is tilt the display to a preferred angle and you now have a fully working ultrabook.
The experience however is different from a full-size notebook as the Slidebook’s keyboard doesn’t have a trackpad. There’s no palm-rest as well so typing on it feels a bit cramped even if the keys are well-spaced. On the bright side, the design makes the Slidebook look very portable and doesn’t take a lot of desk space.
MSI Slidebook S20 specs:
1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U CPU
11.6 Full HD (1920×1080) LED backlight, IPS LCD Display
Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB of RAM
SD/MMC card reader
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 3.0 (x2)
3 Cell battery
302.6 x 196.1 x 19.8mm
So far the MSI Slidebook S20 left us with good impressions in terms of looks and specs. There are still lots to cover so check back on us in a week or two for a full review.