MSI WindPad Enjoy 7 Plus Tablet Review

Introduction (skip to The Review for the meat and bones of this post)

I have added a part 2 to this review, which can be found here.

Well, if that post title ain’t a mouthful!

While tablets have been available on the South African market for a while now, most of them are horribly overpriced. This is due to a variety of factors such as import tax, shipping, and local distributor markup. Even reasonably priced tablets such as the Nexus 7 change from the approximately $250 (R2,172.92) price bracket, to the $360 (R3200) price bracket by the time it hits our shelves.

I know I’m not the only one who would like to purchase one of these tablets, but let’s be realistic. As much as I love new tech to toy around with, I’m not going to dump R3200 ($360) into a tablet that may be gathering dust in 6 months.

Thankfully, there are cheaper options which are starting to appear, and while they may not be quite the same standards as some of the big boys, thankfully, they’re not too far off.

There has been quite a flood of Prestigio tablets into the South African market. These tablets are available from as little as R999 ($115 – on special) but are usually priced about R1200 ($138). Having seen these incredibly low prices, I decided to do some research. The specs for the 7″ tablet are as follows:

  • Android 4.0 OS
  • Cortex A8 1GHz processor
  • 512 megs ram
  • 4 gig storage
  • 800×480 7″ screen

Overall that’s not too bad, but I was really not impressed by the low specs. When tablets like these first started to enter the market, people complained a fair amount about issues (like poor speed), so I was a little bit cautious about just snatching one of these up.

I discovered a little while later that a friend of mine at work had bought a 7″ Prestigio tablet, and I got to fiddle around with it a bit. Despite it’s relatively low specs, I was really surprised that it was fast and responsive. Having a hands on with this device definitely got me interested in buying one, but I was still a little bit worried about the low ram and storage space.

I dug around a bit more, and found the MSI WindPad Enjoy 7 Plus tablet (hereafter referred to as the E7P). The specs were a bit of an improvement on the Prestigio since the E7P had 1 gig of ram and 8 gigs of storage for only R200 ($23) more.

But I’ll be damned, no one on the entire internet has done a proper review on one of these! I decided to take a chance and pick one up. I managed to get one for R1350 ($155) direct from the supplier but you can get them from most online stores for about R1400 ($161).

The Review

Apologies, as always, for the poor quality pics. One of the things I must invest in is a decent quality camera!

Here’s what you get with the E7P:

  • Android 4.0 OS
  • Cortex A8 1GHz processor
  • 1 gig ram
  • 8 gigs storage (but it has a MicroSD slot which supports up to 32gb)
  • 800×480 7″ screen
  • Charger (I certainly hope so)
  • On-the-go USB cable (for low power external hard drives and flash drives)
  • Tablet to PC cable
MSI WindPad Enjoy 7 Plus
MSI WindPad Enjoy 7 Plus
Cabling
Cabling
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Tablet vs mouse

When I decided to buy this tablet I wanted it so I could read ebooks and comics, watch video, and surf the internet a bit. I knew that I wasn’t buying it to be a PC replacement, but rather a supplementary digital device for use away from my computer. There were two instances which confirmed that this was a good purchase.

The first instance was when I was heading to my usual sketch meetup. Usually I have to pack 3 or 4 reference books since I suck at pulling new and interesting drawings out of my head. I was about to pack these books into my bag, when I realised I didn’t have to do that. I could access whatever I needed on my tablet.

The second instance was when I was had finished doing most of the cooking, so all I had to do was stir the curry once in a while. I then grabbed my tablet, fired up the browser and surfed the internet, stopping to stir the pot every couple of minutes.

The Good

  • Fast and responsive in most cases
  • Nice finish
  • Google Play store which has most apps that you need for free
  • Plays all HD videos (so far) that I’ve thrown at it
  • Great for (epub) ebooks
  • Cost

The OK

  • Less than stellar viewing angles on the screen (i.e. if you’re sitting in front it’s fine, but if you’re to the side, the image distorts)
  • PPI (pixels per inch) on the screen is less than fantastic
  • Reading comics is a bit of a mixed bag (some comics have great fonts, others, not so much)
  • Large comic files may be a bit unresponsive while it loads the whole file into ram
  • Decent amount of onboard storage
  • The built-in speaker is a little underwhelming

The Bad

  • It’s a finger print magnet (as are all tablets)

I have added a part 2 to this review, which can be found here.

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17 thoughts on “MSI WindPad Enjoy 7 Plus Tablet Review

      1. Hi Marius,

        I listed under OK in comparison to an Ipad2 (which my sister has) which has a much better screen. If you hold the screen close you can definitely see the pixels, but at reading distance this is less of an issue. This might be a no-go for some people, but after watching a few videos, reading 4 books, and finishing a few comics on it, I can say I pretty much don’t notice it.

        My advice to you would be to try one out (if possible) to see for yourself.

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  1. Hi

    I was wondering if you have experienced the same with your tablet….. mine keeps on telling me that it is “low on space” I have already deleted everything possible (there are a lot of apps that refuse to delete) and even though I have more than half of the memory open it is still saying “low on space”……. can you perhaps help??

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    1. Hi Olivia,

      Firstly, how are you deleting your apps? Are you manually deleting them or are you using the uninstall option? To uninstall an app correctly you need to:

      – Go to settings
      – Select Apps
      – Select the App you want to remove
      – Select Uninstall

      This should correctly remove the app.

      How are you checking your total space? The best way to do this is to go to Settings and select Storage at the top left.

      By default there should be two sections. The first section refers to the tablet’s ram or memory, which is a total of 0.98 GB. Below that it would tell you how much ram is taken up by Apps and how much is Available.

      Below that is your Internal Storage or “hard drive”. For example the Total space for mine says 5.63 GB. It them tells you the Apps, Pictures/videos, Audio, and Downloads space that is used. Finally, it tells you how much is Available.

      If you can tell me the values that you have for these two sections, I might be able to help you further isolate the problem.

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  2. I have been using this tab for last 7month. Now its showing problem with its audio and video function. Sometimes when I start my tab audio is incomprehensible and video is slow. Plz help me with this problem.

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    1. Hi Sukirti,

      I’m not sure what the specific problem might be, but if I was in your shoes I would use the backup option to save all your data, and then reset the tablet to the factory settings. These options can be found under the Reset menu in Settings.

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  3. i have barely been using my tablet but all of a sudden the sound is messed up and the screen went blank but it continues to charge and givenotice that it is running bt no display can u help me out

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    1. Hi Andrew,

      This sounds like a pretty major hardware failure. The only advice I can give you is this:

      Begin by checking if the tablet has a mini-HDMI port (this was a feature on some of the MSI tablets). If yes, then you will be able to hook it up to a TV or monitor if there’s vital information you need to get off of it.

      If it doesn’t have an mini-HDMI port then you’ll need to check the warranty and send it back to the manufacturer if the warranty is still valid. If it’s out of warranty you’re a bit out of luck. In this scenario I would follow the suggestions here on the MSI support site:

      http://za.msi.com/service/warranty-nb/

      Good luck getting your problem resolved!

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  4. hi, i’been using my tablet for 13 months,it stopped charging the charginging light always blinks n does not charge my tablet, i sent it back to the manufactureres they asked for alot of money, they were not ready to fix it for free even it was in warranty…..what should i do, can i use the usb charger ,i hope it’s not going to be a problem….

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    1. Hi Shazi,

      By the looks of it, the tablet only has a 12 month warranty so you would have to pay if you want MSI to fix it.

      Unfortunately I do not have a USB charger for the device. You can always try it and see if it charges. If it doesn’t work it looks like you’ll have to fork out for the repair fee or get a new tablet.

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  5. I owned a tab msi enjoy 7 plus I want to go on the tab, but I can not because I forgot the password and forgot Emil gmail I want your help to open my tab

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