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MSI Shows Off All-in-One 'Butterfly' PC

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

There's a lot of the same stuff at CES. That's why we love coming across sexy concepts; it's a welcome breather from all the 'me-too' products that represent the flavor of the month. This year, MSI's booth had a little breath of fresh air for us.

During our visit to the MSI booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center we spied a small case of concepts among the more current devices MSI had on show. The more interesting of the bunch was a PC MSI has dubbed the Butterfly. Looking past the girly design, this is actually an all-in-one touchscreen PC with a display that slides down into a more comfortable position when you want a more hands on touch experience. The model we saw had a 7-inch tablet that acted as a companion device for the main AIO, and the PC itself had a keyboard tucked into a pocket on the back of the display.

Also on display at the MSI booth was the Angelow AIO -- which also comes with a smaller companion tablet -- and the Kid Pad, a tablet device for small children. The main attraction of the Angelow seemed to be it’s slim form-factor. The Kid Pad weighs 900g, packs a 10-inch display and eight hours of battery. It also has a carry handle up top that rotates to double as a stand.

We managed to get a couple of photos through the plastic casing but we’ve also tracked down some of MSI's own pictures because you can’t really get an accurate idea of the Butterfly’s repositionable display from the pictures we took of the device when it was inside MSI’s protective box.

*Additional images via Design Boom

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    joelmartinez , January 9, 2011 8:04 PM
    looks like a lame apple
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    11796pcs , January 9, 2011 8:08 PM
    It's hideous
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    harth13 , January 9, 2011 8:38 PM
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    nforce4max , January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
    11796pcsIt's hideous

    Ware have I seen this before? Reminds of some terrible cars through out the decades.
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    ares1214 , January 10, 2011 1:33 AM
    Atleast they are thinking...i dislike most apples, but lets be serious people, Apple creates something, charges you through the nose, and then its either slower, buggy, or "your holding it wrong", but they are still generally the ones who come out with things first, or just popularize them. This is something they havent done, so i like to see new things.
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    rpgplayer , January 10, 2011 1:36 AM
    would be alright if it were in FLAT BLACK
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2011 1:38 AM
    *looks at reflection on box where the screen is playing Cars*

    Hello Jane! Was the self portrait here intentional or unintentional?
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2011 2:58 AM
    Wow, looks just like the Cinema Displays did about 7-8 years ago. As to the sliding thing, I hope MSI enjoys their patent lawsuit...
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    JMcEntegart , January 10, 2011 3:48 AM
    Window Shopper*looks at reflection on box where the screen is playing Cars*Hello Jane! Was the self portrait here intentional or unintentional?

    I took it a couple of times to try and get as little of me as possible in there!
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 10, 2011 4:06 AM
    Hate to say it... but it looks extremely similar to Apple's old Cinema displays.

    I fail to see the point in using a style that was already used and associated with Apple... unless they want people to in order get sales? I just don't get it.
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    molo9000 , January 10, 2011 4:06 AM
    The whole point of an all-in-one is that it looks great.
    This doesn't.
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    sudeshc , January 10, 2011 10:18 AM
    not so appealing
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    deletemach_kernel , January 10, 2011 3:34 PM
    Is that Jane's reflection on the glass box?

    Its not that hideous....just looks like an old iMac got run over by a road roller.
    That should be in matt black...and it would be sexy.
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    eddieroolz , January 10, 2011 4:50 PM
    Maybe not so appealing, but innovative to say the least.
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    rhino13 , January 10, 2011 5:54 PM
    I think this is a fairly cool idea.

    I like to see PC manufactures think outside the box, and this is a good example.
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    cookoy , January 11, 2011 12:56 PM
    some companies get it right the first try. some companies just don't. nice try MSI.
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    ceh4702 , January 11, 2011 4:16 PM
    I think they need a thin HTPC you can mount on the mounting holes on the back of a widescreen TV. Just make it wireless.
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    noblerabbit , January 11, 2011 6:46 PM
    MSI is a corporation that can afford to barf mistakes like this. Unfortunately, we sheeple keep buying their products.
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    speedemon , January 11, 2011 11:13 PM
    JMcEntegartI took it a couple of times to try and get as little of me as possible in there!

    So it is you.. I think your hot, for a blurry chick :p