MSI unveiled an innovative prototype notebook PC during a pre-show event at this year’s Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. The MSI SketchBook is an ultraportable, lightweight notebook with a thin and angular shape that features a unique design with “dual primary input systems” — the keyboard that swivels to reveal a multi-function writing tablet.
The Wacom-style tablet on the reverse side of the keyboard will feature multiple levels of pressure sensitivity for detailed handwriting recognition and art tablet use in applications like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. MSI refused to provide details about system specifications or possible release dates, but it appears that MSI is likely to develop this non-working display model into a production-level laptop.
Another interesting element in the design of the MSI SketchBook is the traditional touchpad has been relocated to the upper right corner above the keyboard and has been given a circular shape to make it easier to control the mouse while holding the notebook with your right hand and using your thumb to move the cursor. It’s an obvious understatement to claim this is a major departure in laptop design, but holding the SketchBook in my own hands I have to give credit to MSI for thinking outside the box.
The thin-and-light design features three USB ports and a media card reader. There was no obvious display out port in the prototype I saw, but this is an early-stage prototype. The thin-yet durable LCD lid also has a nice stylized texture with a glossy finish that I can best describe as “reverse golf ball” texture.
There isn’t much more to say about the MSI SketchBook prototype at this point, but the team here at NotebookReview.com is eager to see a production-level version of this laptop to see if the innovative design proves useful.
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