Using the Primo 81

Using the Primo 81 as a tablet is a very pleasant experience. It is very small for a tablet with this screen size (thanks to its narrow borders), thin, being only 0.3” (7.82 mm) thick, and light, weighing only 11.6 oz (330 g). It has the same size and weight of the iPad mini.

The quad core 1.0 GHz CPU was fast enough for a good usage experience. We felt no sluggishness or freezings, although sometimes we felt it could behave a little faster.

The highlight of the Primo 81, however, is its high-quality IPS screen. It has a bright, crisp, and clear image from any direction you look. The resolution could be higher (the ASUS Fonepad, for example, has a screen of the same size and offers 1280 x 800 resolution), but the high image quality and the 4:3 aspect ratio compensate for it.

The Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” operating system is easy to use and intuitive. Figure 9 shows the initial screen when you turn the Primo 81 on for the first time.

MSI Primo 81Figure 9: Main screen

Pressing the icon with the circle with six dots, you enter the list of applications, shown in Figure 10. The Primo 81 seems to come with only the standard Android apps installed.

MSI Primo 81Figure 10: List of applications

You can install new applications using the Google Play Store, which has thousands of applications and games available.

The 3.7 V, 3500 mAh battery lasted about six hours of web browsing in our hands, which is not bad.

The front camera is only intended to be used in video chats, not for taking photos, because of its low resolution. The main camera, with 2 Mpixels, does not have enough quality for you to leave your camera home on your vacations.

We ran the Android 3DMark IceStorm from FutureMark, and the Primo 81 achieved a score of 4,659. The ASUS Fonepad, for example, scored 2,195 on the same benchmark.


Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.