MSI Slidebook S20 first impressions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
720p webcam
4GB of RAM
128GB SSD
SD/MMC card reader
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.0
mini HDMI
USB 3.0 (x2)
mic/headphone-out
3 Cell battery
302.6 x 196.1 x 19.8mm
1.16kg
Windows 8
Php49,995 SRP

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.

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