MSI Prestige 14 Review

The Prestige 14 from MSI is a beautiful eye catcher that is as powerful as it is beautiful. The $ 1,399 laptop has a stunning design and offers a colorful display and reliable performance thanks to an Intel Core i7 processor and discrete Nvidia graphics. And despite the GPU, you have a battery life of more than 9 hours. The comfortable keyboard is just the icing on the cake. But the weak display and speakers could give creative people a break. That is ours MSI Prestige 14 review.

MSI Prestige 14 Evaluation: Design

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The MSI is a delight in its deep, gray aluminum housing. Realizing that the color is enough to make a statement didn’t add much flair to MSI. Fortunately, the company’s mascot looks gorgeous on the emblem, which is a little shiny to catch the light. However, if you just want a bit more drama, flip the laptop over to show that it mimics a sound wave. It is a fun but functional design.

MSI Prestige 14 review

When you open the laptop you will see more of this gray case. An extra wide touchpad takes up a lot of space on the palm rest. The keyboard sits in a softly shaped recess. Here, too, MSI uses several small bloomers, such as the word Prestige, which is stamped in the upper left part of the palm rest, and the glossy MSI, which is stamped on the lower edge. However, the most striking design feature outside of the color is the hinge.

Like the ErgoLift design from Asus, the hinge of the Prestige 14 slightly raises the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. In addition, you can lay the display completely flat for common activities. If you don’t feel like traveling with a USB Type-C hub, the Prestige 14 has plenty of ports to bridge. On the right side next to a headset socket there are two USB 3.1 type A ports. On the left side there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a microSD card reader.

At 2.8 pounds and 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, the MSI Prestige 14 is beautiful in pink and almost airy. It’s lighter than the Asus ZenBook 15 (UX534F) (3.7 pounds, 13.9 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches) and the 15-inch Yoga C940 from Lenovo (4.4 pounds, 13.9 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches). Granted, both are 15-inch systems. The Dell XPS 13 (late 2019) is only slightly lighter at 2.7 pounds and 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches.

Keyboard and touchpad

MSI Prestige 14 review

Although the keys feel a bit superficial, they give a slight click when typing. The keys are uncomfortably large – they are certainly larger than competing systems – and provide a reasonable distance between them. I pressed 85 words per minute in the 10-finger typing test, which is far above my average of 70 wpm. The white backlight is bright enough to easily type in a dark room. The 5.5 x 2.5 inches is wider than I’m used to, but my fingers quickly get used to the extra space. Navigating web pages and performing Windows 10 gestures was quick and responsive.

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A glare shield can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you don’t have to worry about distracting reflections. However, it can also make an otherwise lively panel look a little listless. The Prestige’s 14-inch screen (1920 x 1080) is somewhere in between. When I saw The Lovebirds’ trailer, the color was so vivid that I could see the subtle reddish brown in Issa Rae’s braids alongside the neon pink accents in her multi-colored, unicorn hoodie. The shine of Kumail Nanjiani’s golden satin jacket helped bring out the various folds in the garment.

Testing the color production capabilities of the Prestige 14 measured 112% of the sRGB range. This number is below the average of 122% of the premium laptop category, but is more colorful than the Asus ZenBook 15 (103%) and the Lenovo Yoga C940 (105%).

The Prestige 14 only averaged 269 nits. This is far from the average of 358 nits or the 432 nits of the Yoga C940, but is within the range of the ZenBook 15 (279 nits).

Audio

Usually MSI and Nahimic offer a great listening party. With the small, low-hanging speakers of the Prestige 14, the party is a bit sluggish. Although the volume was set to maximum and Nahimic’s default settings (music, film, communication and games) were changed, the laptop could hardly fill our small test laboratory. I was disappointed to hear Gallant’s “Bone + Tissue” because the singer’s impressive vocal range was stripped of its natural richness and a hollow performance arose. It was almost like listening to the track on an old record player. The synthesizer and bass sounded diffuse, which weakened the entire song.

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Although it is certainly not as powerful as an Nvidia RTX or Quadro chip, the GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU of the Prestige 14 with 4 GB VRAM can play several games with high frames depending on the setting. It is also more than suitable for medium-level content editing. The Prestige 14 decimated the average of 61 fps premium laptops on Dirt 3 at 150 frames per second. Equipped with their own Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q GPUs, the Asus ZenBook 15 and the Lenovo Yoga C940 achieved 153 and 167 fps, respectively.

When we ran 3DMark Fire Strike, the Prestige 14 reached 6,689, exceeding the average of 6,135. However, it was not enough to beat either the ZenBook 15 (6,783) or the Yoga C940 (7,478). And when you’re not editing, the laptop relies on the built-in Intel UHD Graphics GPU to keep it running.

MSI Prestige 14 Review: Performance

Content designers who need multitasking are in good hands with the 1.6 GHz Intel Core 10710U processor of the Prestige 14 with 16 GB RAM. I watched an episode of Love is Blind on Netflix with 20 additional Google Chrome tabs open. The laptop showed no signs of delay or slowdown.

MSI Prestige 14 review

However, the Prestige 14 delivered mixed results in our 3,982 synthesis tests on Geekbench 5.0, which measures overall performance. The notebook lacked an average of 4,305 premium laptops. The ZenBook 15 reached 4,410 with its Core i7-10510U CPU, while the 9th generation Core i7-9750H CPU of the Yoga C940 reached 5,530.

In our video transcoding test, converting 4K video to 1080p took 14 minutes and 1 second, which is faster than the 19:37 average. The Asus ZenBook 15 and the Lenovo Yoga C940 recorded faster times of 13:17 and 11:11, respectively.

The Prestige 14 received some revenge for the file transfer test with the system’s 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, which duplicated 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 5 seconds for a transfer rate of 978.7 megabytes per second. The system achieved an average of 613.8 MBit / s, as did the ZenBook 15 (771.1 MBit / s, 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD) and the Yoga C940 (463 MBit / s, 512 GB SSD).

MSI Prestige 14 review: battery life

Looking at battery life, you would never believe that the Prestige 14 has a discrete GPU at all. Despite the power-consuming part, the MSI lasted 9 hours and 49 minutes in our battery test (continuous surfing the internet via Wi-Fi). The MSI fully matched the 8:39 average, as well as the Yoga C940 (8:46) and ZenBook 15 (8:34).

heat

Despite its all-metal chassis, the Prestige 14 did not exceed our comfort threshold of 95 degrees. When we measured the touchpad and the center of the laptop after a 15-minute HD video, we saw temperatures of 84 and 95 degrees, respectively. The bottom of the laptop reached 93 degrees. This is all far below our comfort threshold.

Pricing and configuration options

I had the pleasure of seeing the $ 1,399 iteration of the MSI Prestige 14 at Rose Pink. It has a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-10710U processor, 16 GB RAM, a 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, Intel’s UHD graphics, a Gevoria GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU from Nvidia with 4 GB VRAM and a 1920 x 1080. The system also comes with a laptop case, a mouse and a keychain from the company mascot. The company also has a small USB Type-C hub with two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a micro-USB port, slots for microSD and SD card readers, and an Ethernet port.

MSI Prestige 14 Review: Conclusion

The $ 1,399 notebook is more than a stunning case that offers a colorful (though somewhat weak) display, reliable performance, and a battery life of over 9 hours. And the keyboard is pretty impressive too.

However, if you are aiming for a creative professional, I would have preferred a brighter screen and better audio. The performance could have been a little better. If you want a little more power and a brighter screen, check out the Lenovo Yoga C940 (15-inch) for $ 1,429. For creative people who are looking for a powerful notebook with a lot of flair, the MSI Prestige 14 is the right way.

8th total score

The MSI Prestige 14 offers solid performance, a battery life of over 9 hours and an elegant case in bright colors.

PROS

  • Beautiful, light design
  • Great keyboard
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid performance

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