Computex — Windows 8 tablets are everywhere at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, this week. We’ve had our hands on a few so far, and MSI’s Slider S20 offered a surprise: a keyboard that slides out from behind the screen.
The keyboard can be extended just enough to expose the keys, although you’ll need extra-long thumbs to type on the device while holding it. Most folks will want to set the Slider down on a desk or their lap, where the screen can be tilted up for easy viewing.
As one might expect, the 11.6″ display supports 10-point multitouch input. While the resolution is only 1366×768, the panel at least uses IPS technology. After using an ultraportable notebook with the same screen size and resolution for several years, I have to admit they’re a good combo, despite the lack of high-DPI goodness.
MSI tells us the Slider will weigh in at 2.8 lbs and feature an Ivy Bridge CPU under the hood. Rather than equipping the system with a solid-state drive, MSI has opted for a hybrid hard drive that will offer much more storage than the average SSD. USB 3.0 connectivity is also included, as are an HDMI 1.4 output port, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The only thing missing is a touchpad, which might not turn off some folks given the proximity of the touchscreen. Look for the Slider when Windows 8 arrives later this year.