MSI Primo 81


MSI Primo 81Notebook: MSI Primo 81 (Primo Series)
Processor: unknown
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX544
Display: 7.9 inch, 4:3, 1024x768 pixels
Weight: 0.4kg
Price: euro

Reviews for the MSI Primo 81

MSI Primo 81 Tablet
Source: Hardware Secrets English
The MSI Primo 81 is an excellent option for anyone looking for a small and light low-cost tablet to browse the web, access social networks, read emails, etc. It may not have the most powerful hardware, but the high-quality screen and sturdy all-aluminum construction gives it a terrific cost/benefit ratio.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/30/2014

Foreign Reviews

Msi Primo 81 – Удачный Домашний Гаджет
Source: RU→EN
Positive: Stylish and elegant; inexpensive; light; good IPS-display. Negative: Short battery life; low resolution camera; no Bluetooth; low brightness of the display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/20/2014
세련된 디자인과 높은 가격 경쟁력을 갖춘 태블릿 - MSI 프리모 81
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Positive: Stylish design; competitive price; good performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/28/2013



MSI is a brand more associated with traditional PCs and laptops, but they are also in the tablet game. The MSI Primo 81's specification is nothing spectacular. Sporting an Allwinner A31s quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, it will not blow anyone away with its specs sheet. This device will not be able to handle any graphically intense games and will also have trouble multitasking with multiple apps. It runs Android 4.2 Jellybean.

The screen is a little bit better compared to its internal hardware, boasting a 7.85-inch 1024 by 768 resolution IPS display; the same used in the iPad Mini. The viewing angles are great, as to be expected with IPS displays and colors are vibrant and items on the screen appear crisp and clear. Another downside to the Primo 81 are its cameras, sporting only a 2 MP main camera and a 640 by 480 resolution front camera.

The Primo 81 is thin, measuring only at 7.82 mm and is 330g light. So, even the smallest hands would not have trouble holding it. It also supports microSD-cards to expand its storage from the default 16 GB. This device is not for a power user but if you’re on a tight budget and just want a device to surf the web and your social media accounts, it might be worth considering because of its beautiful display.

PowerVR SGX544: OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible with 4 pixel and 2 vertex shaders

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

unknown: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

7.9": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.4 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-11- 9 (Update: 2013-11- 9)