MSI frankenstein Sketch Book marries tablet and keyboard with a flip

MSI SketchBook Photo: Michael Kwan

On the surface the MSI Sketch Book may look like yet another iPad tablet clone, but hidden deep inside is something quite different. Shown for the first time ever at Computex Taipei 2010, the Sketch Book is a device inching towards what we hoped the Microsoft Courier would bring us; a little bit of dual screen love anyone? Not just yet, but it’s close.

On one side of the Sketch Book we have something that looks a lot like a Wacom tablet; graphic designers with a bit of artistic expression? Perhaps just some analog note taking.  Whereas the other side offers a conventional QWERTY keyboard.  In effect, you get dual functionality with a single display. I’d say it’s pretty innovative; whether it’s useful or not is up to you to decide.

Rounding out the specs are the 12-inch WSVGA LED panel, Intel Atom processor, and Intel GMA 3150 shared graphics. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, MSI also has the “Wind Pad” to compete with the iPad a little more directly.

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