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The Slider S20 will make its way to consumers in Q1 2013 for $1,199.99 USD

While Windows 8 hasn't had the best sales record in Microsoft OS history, more devices continue to roll onto store shelves in hopes of attracting customers, and MSI Computer Corp. is adding one more to that list.

MSI announced the Slider S20 Ultrabook Convertible, which is a new Windows 8-powered device that claims to be both slim and powerful.

The Slider S20 features 8GB of DDR3 memory, 128GB of SSD storage, 1920x1080 resolution, a weight of 2.2 pounds, a 1-inch thick body and a slew of connectivity options like a Jackson Peak Wireless adapter, Ethernet, Bluetooth, a mini HDMI-out connector, a 720p HD webcam and two USB3 ports.

“Many users prefer the mobility of a tablet, but still need the processing power of an actual laptop computer,” said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US.  “MSI’s S20 Ultrabook Convertible solves that problem by combining the best of both worlds, giving users the choice of using it as a tablet or as a laptop.”

The Slider S20 will make its way to consumers in Q1 2013 for $1,199.99 USD.
MSI S20 Ultrabook
Microsoft's latest operating system could use some help in the device sales department. It was recently reported that Windows 8 usage has sunk below Windows Vista levels, which is a bad sign early on considering Vista was one of the most-hated Microsoft operating systems.

Windows 8 was released in October 2012. Not long ago, Microsoft said that it had sold 40 million licenses, which it said surpassed sales of Windows 7 for an equivalent period in 2009. But license sales were not actual device sales.

Market research group Net Applications found that Windows 8 accounted for a mere 1.72 percent of traffic at the end of December. Three weeks after its 2009 launch, Windows 7 grabbed 4 percent of the OS market. Vista reported about 2.2 percent of the total traffic after its first two months of release, which is about a third more than Windows 8's current percentage.

Source: MSI Computer Corp.

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Start button?
By cochy on 1/4/2013 4:10:34 PM , Rating: 5
The screenshot of the product doesn't appear to be Windows 8. What's with the Start Button?

RE: Start button?
By max_payne on 1/4/2013 5:40:11 PM , Rating: 2
Good observation. It is W8 but with the Stardock Start8 program built in ??? Seriously It look like W7 desktop but with modern UI running as an app. You are getting a clue here Microsoft ?

RE: Start button?
By GreenEnvt on 1/4/2013 9:59:29 PM , Rating: 3
Well that and the uTorrent icon on the taskbar make this one odd press release photo.
DT, are these official press release photos?

RE: Start button?
By JasonMick on 1/6/2013 5:02:09 PM , Rating: 3
Well that and the uTorrent icon on the taskbar make this one odd press release photo.
DT, are these official press release photos?
Those were the ones in the information we received, but the commentary expressed by the various ops appears correct -- I believe those were a mockup/out of date.

I've replaced them with the new(er) images (also official, but this time with the expected UI), which MSI posted on its homepage for the device.

RE: Start button?
By V-Money on 1/5/2013 12:04:59 AM , Rating: 2
I think it actually looks more like classic shell. I have both stardock and classic shell (one on each computer) and that looks exactly like my classic shell startup. I prefer stardock, but it was 5 bucks whereas classic shell is free and works well enough.

RE: Start button?
By StevoLincolnite on 1/5/2013 3:24:29 AM , Rating: 2
The screenshot of the product doesn't appear to be Windows 8. What's with the Start Button?

Can't forget the Aero effects either.

Might have been one of the preview builds maybe...

RE: Start button?
By B3an on 1/5/2013 10:36:50 AM , Rating: 2
It's obviously just a very bad mock-up. Thats Win 7 with a wallpaper from 7.

It also has Zune, which don't exist anymore. And the Modern UI is some cheap looking transparent overlay, which none of the Win 8 build have had.

It's just a mock-up by someone who don't know what they're doing. I hope DT have used really old images by accient and that MSI are not using these right now.

RE: Start button?
By BushStar on 1/6/2013 2:07:37 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone users need Zune. I guess Windows Phone is a Zune with a phone added, just like Apple did with the iPod.

Will it have a 256GB storage option?
By Iridium130m on 1/4/2013 5:11:48 PM , Rating: 2
I like that it has 8GB of ram, something the Samsung ativ lacks, but I still want 256GB of storage as well given windows footprint. Deliver that, and then I'm ready to move off my current laptop to this for work.

By Johnmcl7 on 1/6/2013 1:29:55 PM , Rating: 2
The Vaio Duo 11 which is out already and a very similar design does offer a dual core i7, 8GB ram and a 256GB SSD option. Probably not as cheap as the MSI but much better built I believe.


$20 laptop convertible
By flyingpants1 on 1/5/2013 11:31:29 PM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one who read the headline as:

MSI Announces Windows 8-Powered Slider
$20 Ultrabook Convertible

Now that would be news.

By Argon18 on 1/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Why?
By arazok on 1/4/2013 3:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Cause I sucked up a Lenovo Yoga 13 (Convertible) almost the day windows 8 launched, and people drool all over the damned thing when I show it to them. There’s a market for these things, and I’ll guarantee you that in 2 years, if a laptop isn’t touchscreen and convertible, it won’t sell.

I’ll also tell you that once you get used the new interface, Windows 8 is very enjoyable. I’ve abandoned all my concerns about it.

RE: Why?
By Argon18 on 1/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: Why?
By superflex on 1/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: Why?
By othercents on 1/4/2013 4:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
Mostly people can't justify the cost of the tablets or convertibles at this point. Acer makes a 14" touchscreen 3rd generation i5 at $699 which is $300 less than the Yoga, so convertibles should be able to hit at least around $699 with i3s, but they are much more.

Personal preference would have me using a tablet, but there isn't anything available now that I like, so for now I use my 10" Android Tablet at home. There is only a few times that I boot up my laptop and those are for things that could have easily been done on the tablet if not for the incapability in the browser.


RE: Why?
By arazok on 1/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: Why?
By flyingpants1 on 1/6/2013 4:30:49 AM , Rating: 2
Could you give me the model of the Acer?

RE: Why?
By kleinma on 1/5/2013 11:35:07 AM , Rating: 1
You mean like when Apple made the iPhone?

RE: Why?
By Camikazi on 1/6/2013 12:24:58 PM , Rating: 1
You know most new things are things no one asked for but things that someone saw might be useful. As for markets well they do not exist until someone creates them and makes them exist.

and ...
By Argon18 on 1/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: and ...
By half_duplex on 1/6/13, Rating: 0
RE: and ...
By half_duplex on 1/6/2013 4:15:03 PM , Rating: 1
This has to one of the ugliest devices I've seen.

I guess us Mac owners can look forward to more malware... because Apple is going to be handed the computing market if devices like this are the alternative.

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