MSI's up-coming single- and dual-screen tablets
aren't the only things the company is looking to launch at Computex this year: the company is also looking towards designers with a product it calls the SketchBook.
Spotted by the guys over on Engadget Spain
, the SketchBook is an interesting concept device which keeps the traditional clamshell layout of a normal laptop but features an interesting movable keyboard - simply twist it and it will be replaced with a pen-driven graphics tablet.
Designed to sit somewhere between devices using external digitising tablets and the high-end display-integrated tablets such as Wacom's Cintiq range, the SketchBook is designed to appeal to those artistic or design types who find they need to work out finer details while out and about - and it certainly looks like the sort of thing that wouldn't be out of place at a coffee shop, while providing a much more professional finish than the traditional back of a envelope.
Sadly, MSI is keeping tight-lipped on precise specifications and expected launch dates, choosing to keep such details quiet until its official announcement at Computex 2010. It'll be interesting to see just how functional the SketchBook is - in particular, the responsiveness and pressure sensitivity of the digitising tablet. Perhaps Wacom has something to worry about?
Could you see yourself doodling on the SketchBook, or is it nothing more than a niche device? Share your thoughts over in the forums