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MSI Primo 81

We have collected and analyzed 6 expert reviews and 28 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 66/100. The average review date is Jul 30, 2014. We have compared these reviews to 703375 reviews from other Tablet Computers. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: Oct 16, 2018.

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Expert review by : Hardware Secrets (hardwaresecrets.com)

MSI Primo 81 Tablet Review

 

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...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : KitGuru (kitguru.net)

MSI Primo 81 (Snow White) 8in Tablet Review

 

4 Flares 4 Flares × Today we are going to take a look at the Primo 81 from MSI. Priced at only £138, it targets the large user base who can't afford a high end model from the likes of Samsung or Apple. The Primo 81 features a 7.8″ IPS display, the same...

Nov, 2013

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Died in less than a year

 

I used this tablet mainly for reading ebooks and playing some games. Now it's just a paperweight. MSI makes good motherboards and video cards, but I would recommend staying away from their tablets.

Nice looking display. I prefer the 4:3 form factor in tablets rather than the long narrow rectangular ones. Plays most games and emulators well with the exception of a few that are unusually resource-hungry and poorly optimized. Upgrade to KitKat was...

Even with 4 cores, the tablet occasionally becomes sluggish and unresponsive when it tries to do too much in the background. This can happen even when I go into Developer options and limit the number of background processes. After owning this tablet...

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

MSI PRIMO 81

 

Came with no charge. had to charge immediately they arrive.

IPS Display, Viewing angles, Accurate Display Colors, Aluminium Body, 7.85" Display and Updatable to 4.4.2 OS

Both Cameras are useless.

Jan, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

MSI PRIMO 81

 

Came with no charge. had to charge immediately they arrive.

IPS Display, Viewing angles, Accurate Display Colors, Aluminium Body, 7.85" Display and Updatable to 4.4.2 OS

Both Cameras are useless

Jan, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

I got a good one I think

 

People complaining about battery life in this tablet should realize it has a cpu and a separate gpu. A tablet this size and how slim it is, the battery does not last as long as other models. when sitting there the thing hardly sips the battery. The...

Updated to andriod 4.4 This tablet seems very awesome, fast, batter is fairly good for a tablet this size and power. I love how sleek it is. Has a separate gpu

Sound is bad, very quiet

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

I got a good one I think

 

People complaining about battery life in this tablet should realize it has a cpu and a separate gpu. A tablet this size and how slim it is, the battery does not last as long as other models. when sitting there the thing hardly sips the battery. The...

Updated to andriod 4.4 This tablet seems very awesome, fast, batter is fairly good for a tablet this size and power. I love how sleek it is. Has a separate gpu.

Sound is bad, very quiet.

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Best coaster I've ever owned

 

If you want a decent quality tablet from a responsible manufacturer, the Primo 81 is not what you're looking for. You might try one of the less expensive Samsung models. I've also heard good things about the Asus.

Thinking I was purchasing a tablet computer, I discovered to my surprise that instead I had received a high-quality, double-size coaster which has that high-tech design so rarely to be found in ordinary household items

I sent it back the first time because the power cord kept falling out so that I couldn't charge it. MSI sent me a new tablet but returned the same power cord. I started looking more closely and realized that the power cord was so much larger than its...

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Best coaster I've ever owned

 

If you want a decent quality tablet from a responsible manufacturer, the Primo 81 is not what you're looking for. You might try one of the less expensive Samsung models. I've also heard good things about the Asus.

Thinking I was purchasing a tablet computer, I discovered to my surprise that instead I had received a high-quality, double-size coaster which has that high-tech design so rarely to be found in ordinary household items.

I sent it back the first time because the power cord kept falling out so that I couldn't charge it. MSI sent me a new tablet but returned the same power cord. I started looking more closely and realized that the power cord was so much larger than its...

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Poor quality. After replacement the battery calibration is still incorrect

 

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I bought this tablet a month ago. It was a gift coming with my MSI GT 70. After I got it and played with it for a while, the battery decreased to about 75%. Then it accidentally shut down without any sign. Moreover, it could not be turned on again no...

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1
Speaker Power:0.5

Battery

Battery Capacity:3500
Battery life (max):5.5
Battery performance:3500
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera

Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):2
Video recording: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium, Black, Grey / Aluminium, Silver, White / Silver, White / White
Device type:Mini tablet
Form Factor:Slate
RoHS compliance: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Display Diagonal:7.85
Display Resolution:1024 x 768
Display Technology:IPS
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2
AC adapter output voltage:5

Graphics

Graphics:PowerVR SGX544 MP2
Graphics adapter:PowerVR SGX544 MP2
Graphics adapter family:Imagination Technologies

Memory

Internal memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: No
Data network: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Docking connector: No
Solid-state drive capacity:16
Total Storage Capacity:16
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Gyroscope: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes
Position location:N
Video compression format:AVI, DAT, MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPG
Video formats supported:AVI,DAT,MKV,MP4,MPEG,MPG

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:Y
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in: No
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2
AC adapter output voltage:5

Processor

Chipset:AMD Hudson M1
Motherboard chipset:AMD Hudson M1
Processor:A31S
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A7
Processor cache:1
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Allwinner
Processor frequency:1
Processor model:A31S

Processor special features

Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.2 / 4.2 Jelly Bean
Platform:Android

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:32
Storage media:HDD / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.308 / 7.87
Height:0.308 / 7.87
Weight:11.6
Width:5.31