CES2010: MSI Shows Off Concept PCs, Including All-in-one Projector

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A lot of companies like to show off new products and even concept products at CES every year, and MSI is certainly no different. I’ve said before that I thought 2010 would be an especially important year for the all-in-one desktop, and it seems like MSI would agree.

One of the new PCs that MSI intoduced in Vegas is an all-in-one with built-in 3D technology.  Just like most of the 3D setups that are becoming popular on PCs these days, this one does require a pair of 3D glasses, though at least these guys are wireless instead of the unwieldy setup some manufacturers include.  The display itself was 24 inches across.  The fact that it’s 3D isn’t too amazing in and of itself, but it’s nice to see an all-in-one pop up with the ability since up until now it’s only been found in select monitors.

The second unit was a lot more normal than an all-in-one with built-in 3D.  It’s claim to fame is that it offers storage for the keyboard and mouse behind the screen by sliding the screen of the computer up, fitting the peripherals into place and sliding it back down, hiding the pair. MSI also thinks pretty highly of what they call “possibly the most innovative mouse in the industry today”since it’s also a remote control and IP phone.  I guess it’s possible they haven’t heard of the Lenovo A600’s pretty capable remote control.

By far the coolest of the three units, however, is the projector PC that MSI has been working on.  Granted, these combinations often result in pulling together a number of subpar units into one middling whole, but it’s still pretty neat to see someone taking advantage of all the miniaturization we’ve been seeing the past few years.  Even if it’s just a nettop combined with a miniprojector, a combination like this could be pretty useful for moving about the house or pulling around your kid’s bedroom.  The projector can throw a display up to 60 inches wide and when set on its stand, onto the ceiling above.  It can’t offer the greatest picture in the world, and it may never be made, but a sleek media center that can project its content onto any available surface? Oh yeah.

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