On a day that is otherwise a bit flat hardweristically speaking, MSI has rekindled the lights of the spotlight deploying the expected emanations with 12th generation Intel, of its new professional laptops cadenced in the tripartition of the Summit, Prestige and Modern series.
With the arrival of the new 12th generation Intel processors, almost all companies are updating their computers, and the Taiwanese MSI is no exception, which, in the past few hours, has spread the news of the update, in this sense and direction. , of its three lines of professional laptops Summit, Prestige (both with Intel P series) and Modern (with Intel U series), united by a sober but robust design.
Within the top series of the three mentioned, the Summit, the Summit E16 Flip, E14 Flip, E14, E13 Flip stand out – including convertible models: in them a screen with a 16:10 ratio is adopted to have more space vertically. For flip convertibles there is the touch, complete with support for the stylus included in the package, with obvious differences between one model and another: E16 Flip is present with a 16-inch QHD + (2560 x 1600 pixels), with the scale 100% DCI-P3 color and 165% refresh rate, while the Summit E14 Flip opts for a 14 “2880 x 1800 pixel, always with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, but with only 60 Hz refresh tate, and the E13 Flip opts for a 13-inch FullHD + with 100% but on the sRGB color gamut and 120 Hz refresh rate. The E14 model closes which, without the touch, for the rest, adopts a 14 ”FullHD + panel with 60 Hz refresh rate.
The I / O ports present are always represented by the 3.5 mm headphone jack, the microSD card reader, an HDMI for the external screen, a pair of Thunderbolt 4, and USB Type-A (usually one, but two in the Summit E16 Flip), HDMI. Security is taken care of by the FullHD webcam prepared for face unlock via Hello, by the dedicated TPM cryptographic chip, by the anti-theft port lock, and by the integration of a Tile module that allows you to find the terminal even when turned off: to this assortment is added the opportunity to protect the system even with a classic fingerprint scanner.
The processing section is united by the presence of the Intel Core i7-1260P processor, a 12 core with 16 threads, with 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD for storage: the Summit E16 Flip can improve graphics performance with a GPU Nvidia’s dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, while the E13 Flip also has the option of an Intel Core 7-1280P chip. Some AI based technologies common to newcomers adapt performance to the usage scenario. In terms of autonomy, the entire new series can count on 72 watt-hour accumulators, except for the always privileged Summit E16 Flip model, in which you can push up to 82 Wh.
Prices chapter. According to the price list released by the global marketing and sales division of MSI, it starts from 1,549 / 2,199 dollars for the E16 Flip Summit, to touch 1,499 / 1,799 dollars with the E14 Flip Summit, 1,399 / 1,699 dollars with the E13 Flip Summit: the Summit E14 clamshell does not have a price range which, for only 2 configurations provided, offers prices of 1,249 and 1,349 dollars.
A step below are the thin (but not to the detriment of thermal disposal) Prestige series notebooks, represented by the pair of Prestige 14 and 15: the terminals in question switch to True Pixel panels with 16: 9 aspect ratio, FullHD of resolution, with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. In the 15-inch model the NTSC scale is covered up to 72% while in the 14-inch model the sRGB one finds full coverage: returning to the common elements to overcome these panels is an HD webcam from 720 which contributes to security, already taken care of with the fingerprint, through infrared for Windows Hello authentication. The audio lives up to the rest of multimedia, with support for DTS Audio Processing and Hi-Res Audio.
The camera body is surrounded in the two Prestige notebooks by MSI by a microSD card reader, the headphone jack, a pair of Thunderbolt 4: the 15-inch model, however, also has an HDMI and has two USB Type- A against the only one present in the smaller twin. The processing sector is very reminiscent of the Summit E13 Flip: there is the i7-1280P processor flanked by 1 TB of SSD and 32 GB of RAM: in the Prestige 14, at a graphic level, we start from the integrated GPU for less configurations. energy-intensive but, in both models, from 15 and 14 “, given that some configurations include the option of using a GeForce GTX 1650, generally more performing dedicated Nvidia GTX GPUs operate, which reach up to the GeForce RTX 3050 in the 14” and to the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti in the 15 ”.
For the battery, it goes from the 52 Wh of the Prestige 14 to the 82 Wh of the Prestige 15. The various configurations of the MSI Prestige 14 range from 929 to 1,549 dollars, against the 1,399 / 1,899 of the configurations possible for the Prestige 15.
At the base of the new offer we find, in Classic Black and Urban Silver colors, the MSI Modern 15 and 14. They adopt, between thin frames, rotatable by 180 °, 15 and 14 inch displays respectively resolved in FullHD, with NTSC coverage at 45% and 60 Hz refresh rate, surmounted by HD webcams which, as they are infrared free for Hello, force the user to entrust his security to the integrated fingerprint scanner. Underneath the full-sized keyboard with the large touchpad, the heart of MSI’s new Moderns consists of 12th gen Intel U-series processors, with a 10-core 12-thread i7-1255U being the highlight in the large model (also including a ‘i5 option) and an i5-1235U as the top in the smaller one (including an i3 forerunner) which, unlike the first, does not reach the highlight of RAM in 16 GB. The ports, on the other hand, are the same: MSI Modern 15 and Modern 14 have the microSD reader, an HDMI, the 3.5 mm jack, a pair of USB Type-A and a single Type-C which, unlike the two series previous, does not support Thunderbolt 4. The price chapter of the new MSI Modern closes the review, with the 15 “costing 849 or 899 dollars depending on whether you opt for the i5 or the i7, and the Modern 14 which will require 699 or $ 799 for the ensemble with i3 or i5.