Rather than wait a few weeks for Computex 2010, MSI headed off to Amsterdam to show off its cool SketchBook concept device. While we've seen designs that convert notebooks into tablets using rotating touchscreens, this idea takes a different route and sports a rotating base. Users simply flip the keyboard 180-degrees and use the trackpad (and stylus pen) mounted underneath.
Engadget (Spanish) was on the scene and got a chance to spend a few minutes with the early, non-functioning prototype. "In terms of general appearance, the design of this notebook retains a certain "retro" feel with a fairly thick bezel on the top and bottom of the screen, and a case markedly granular in front," reads the translation. The site seemed to indicate that the dual-sided keyboard/trackpad combo didn't feel compact despite its appearance, but instead seemed rather sturdy and resistant to damage.
Given the SketchBook's limited size--especially the tablet aspect--this device may not be suited for professional graphic artists. Instead, it would be great for hobbyists and students wanting to sketch and take quick notes. Unfortunately, additional details are not available, however we expect the device will rear its head at Computex 2010 next month.
Unfortunately it's not quite the same, but still cool!