MSI to Showcase AMD "Kabini" Tablet at CES 2014

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I think there is little doubt that MSI right now has the best laptops and tablets on the market. The only real problem is finding them. The MSI W20 was revealed months ago, but is still no where to be found in the marketplace.
 

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I think there is little doubt that MSI right now has the best laptops and tablets on the market. The only real problem is finding them. The MSI W20 was revealed months ago, but is still no where to be found in the marketplace.
Not sure if you're joking or just misinformed, but either way: the best tablets on the market right now are still Nexus 10, Asus MemoPad FHD 10 and maybe some x86 ones. MSI is practically irrelevant when it comes to tablets. When it comes to laptops, their gaming ones are okay, but the build quality is still mediocre compared to Asus, as is their cooling. They are no doubt a great company and I love what they are doing in the GPU market, but they have to get their stuff together when it comes to laptops and tablets if they want to succeed there.
 

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Seems like he's expressing his opinion, Phantom. He did start off with "I think". In my opinion, ARM tablets are OK but x86 tablets are more versatile. Frankly, in terms of price I wouldn't generally even directly compare ARM to x86. If they can release an AMD-based model that is competitive, it will help keep cost of x86 tablets down, and push graphics performance up.

Anyway, MSI gaming laptops seem to be pretty good by and large. I know a couple of people that own older Nehalem-based models. They're really good bang for the buck. I'm not certain about their tablets, have you used a lot of MSI tablets? The W20 looks quite decent from what I've seen, might be nice depending on where it lands vs. Atom competition.
 

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Kevin: There seems to be a mistake here. Kabini is too high power for a tablet... I'm quite positive it's a Temash chip, especially seeing as how MSI lists the W20 with 8180 graphics. Which makes complete sense, since that is what the lowest-power Temash chip is equipped with, along with dual 1.0 Ghz Jag cores.

I must say that one issue I have with the whole situation is that OEMs have been quite slow bringing these Temash-based tablets to market. By the time these things see wide availability, it's going to be nearly time for Mullins with it's Puma cores and much lower power requirements. :/
 

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I get where you are coming from. A few years ago the MSI laptops had a number of faults like their case and keyboard. Today I would say those faults are non-existent as there has been major changes in the hardware offered by MSI in several areas.
To me what makes them the best in regards to laptops is the 1620 resolution displays, steel series keyboard, and usually the best performance in a given price bracket. MSI also typically does not pair its laptops with poor configurations to make it in a certain price point. I can usually trust that I don't have to buy some replacement parts to make parts of the configuration more feasible. They also do some more unusual things like the SSD setup on a number of their laptop offerings.
On the Tablets, the W20 just looks amazing. They didn't get on the Intel Atom bandwagon to release an x86 tablet which tells me they are dedicated in not putting out junk.
 

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I think there is little doubt that MSI right now has the best laptops and tablets on the market. The only real problem is finding them. The MSI W20 was revealed months ago, but is still no where to be found in the marketplace.

MSI is barely making any impact in most major markets with their tablets.
IMO, the largest Tablet brands aside from Apple and Samsung are Asus and lenovo.

If you've seen their Primo lineup of Tablets, you will know how disappointing MSI is in the tablet space compared to Asus' Memopad, Fonepad lineup and Lenovo's A and B series tablets.
 
I don't get the point of a 24" laptop for gaming. It's not practical as a laptop which makes it a desktop replacement that you are unlikely to move but which will COST far more than a desktop and be harder/impossible to upgrade or even fix easily in the future.
 
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