Call to all creative people! With the new Prestige 15, MSI wants to win the affection of photographers, video editors and other artists. The company hopes to keep creatives moving with its ultra-portable, lightweight laptop powered by a 10th-generation six-core device Core i7 U-series processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. However, the grainy webcam is less than impressive and the sound quality of the laptop speakers is mediocre. I would not recommend this laptop for users with high webcam or audio creative. Here is our MSI Prestige 15 review.
MSI Prestige 15 Review – Design
This naughty boy is brave and cheeky! The elegant aluminum design of the MSI Prestige 15 mimics the aesthetics of a soft, color-shy businessman who often says: “Wealth is calm.” The sandblasted texture and the luxurious anthracite motif of the laptop are modest and sober, but the slim, urban character exudes a breath from sophistication.
The vague but bright MSI The dragon logo is attached to the bonnet. The inner lid is framed with super slim edges, with the exception of the lower edge, which is a thicker deviation. The lower ring has a black MSI logo that is barely visible and that you should look at. Below the lower ring there is a practically hidden ventilation opening between the hinges of the laptop. The top ring contains a webcam; here it is meant. And yes, that was a search for other laptops – for example the MSI Modern 14 – that have an awkwardly placed, unflattering, looking up webcam at the bottom.
The large, island-style backlit keyboard is easy on the eyes. The huge white letters and characters on the stone-colored keycaps offer a soothing visual experience, especially for users without the best visual acuity. With this perfectly scaled keyboard, squinting is a thing of the past. The super-wide touchpad has a shiny, bluish-purple border and a fingerprint sensor with a quick response in the upper left corner.
I’ve noticed some bends in the lid of the MSI Prestige 15, but the overall build quality of this laptop is excellent and robust. The coolest part of the design of the MSI Prestige 15 is the flat 180-degree hinge that allows users to put the laptop in collaboration mode. In other words, you can push the display to the surface and press F12 to digitally turn the screen upside down so someone is sitting opposite you. This is a great feature for creative collaborations.
A number of dongles are not required because the user-friendly MSI Prestige 15 is equipped with seven connections. There are some Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left. Both can be used to charge the laptop with its 90-watt power adapter. On the same side there is also an HDMI 2.0 output and a 3.5mm combo audio connector. On the right side are two (Gen 2) USB 3.2 Type-A ports and a microSD card reader.
Keyboard and touchpad
I enjoyed typing this review into Google Docs while typing on the visually appealing keyboard on the MSI Prestige 15. You can control the keyboard’s white backlight by pressing F8, which offers three levels of brightness. The lighting is perfect for typing in poorly lit areas, e.g. B. in a dark cabin during a night flight or in a dark studio. The large buttons and characters, which are magnified like a magnifying glass, offer an additional level of visual support and visual comfort.
The key travel is short, but I still felt comfortable and at home typing on this keyboard, as if I had this laptop for years. The space-saving, elongated 5.5 x 2.5 inch touchpad responded superbly in terms of the sensitivity of the fingertips. The touchpad is also supported by Microsoft Precision drivers for Windows 10 gestures. Pressing to zoom and scroll with two fingers worked perfectly. I could easily open the action center with three fingers.
One problem I have with this touchpad is the undefined left and right buttons. For example, when I tried to use the right mouse button, my finger sometimes did not fall into the invisible right-click boundary and I received no response or left mouse button response. However, once you get used to it, it becomes second nature to figure out the boundaries of the left and right buttons, and actions like dragging and highlighting work like magic.
Due to the length, the touchpad has the palm position of my right hand in the way, so I had to hold my hands a little over the keyboard to avoid scratching the touchpad with my right palm. A Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint sensor is located in the upper left corner of the spacious touchpad.
MSI Prestige 15 Review – Ad
The 4K screen on this laptop lets you drool in awe, especially on videos with vibrant, vivid hues like the quaint 4K YouTube content. I watched psychedelic rainbow-colored fish dancing underwater and breathtaking, sliding snakes that seemed so tangible. I could almost feel her flaky skin on the screen. I looked at the 4K version of Tears of Steel and could see all the beautiful imperfections on the characters’ faces, from bumps under a man’s eyebrow to blonde streaks of vellus hair on a woman’s cheek.
Although my eyes widened in awe as I watched full-color 4K videos, my wonder was disappointed with images of earth tones like dark green, rust brown, cream, and opaque gray. In twilight scenes, I noticed a bit of noise that was not visible on colorful pictures, but it would require a very close examination to recognize it.
Not surprisingly, the screen reproduced 159% of the sRGB area, which is above the category average (147%). However, the 4K non-OLED and OLED screens of the Dell XPS 15 blew the Prestige 15 210% and 239% out of the water, respectively. The MSI Prestige 15 fell in the same range as the Specter x360’s non-OLED 4K display (157%). On a positive note, the Prestige 15 outperformed the 16-inch MacBook Pro display (114%). To be honest, it’s an unsuitable opponent due to its non-4K display specs.
With 428 nits of brightness, the MSI Prestige 15 shot above the category average (319 nits) and ran somewhat through the XPS 15 4K non-OLED version (with 418 nits). But the OLED 4K Dell XPS 15 smoked the Prestige 15 with no less than 626 nits. The 16-inch Macbook Pro outperformed the Prestige 15 in terms of brightness, but not much at 429 nits. The non-OLED Specter x360 is not a competition with 247 nits.
When I heard Jhené Aiko “Don’t worry”, I was not overwhelmed or disappointed by the speakers at MSI Prestige 15. Aiko’s vocals are usually genuine, but the Prestige 15 speakers lacked the singer’s voice for this abundance of studio quality. I’ve heard better, but the sound isn’t tragically terrible either. It’s worth noting that the speaker grilles are located on the bottom of the laptop, which can contribute to the unusual vocal sounds.
You can optimize the audio from the laptop to meet your harmonious taste by experimenting with Nahimic, an integrated audio enhancement app that provides sound presets for music, movies, communication (e.g. podcasts) and games. You can adjust the decibel levels for bass, treble and voices. You can also turn on surround sound, which I think offers an even more immersive audio experience. I would recommend watching your favorite movies, TV shows, and streaming content.
There is also a volume stabilizer. When it’s on, your eardrum will thank you for helping to maintain a steady, constant volume – even if there are sudden jumps in the gain of your audio. However, I have to keep in mind that Nahimic has not significantly improved the sound quality. Even after experimenting with the audio amplifier app, I wasn’t impressed with the Prestige 15’s speaker quality. It’s just fine. As the old saying goes: “It does its job.”
The MSI Prestige 15 is advertised as a fantasy laptop for the content maker, not as a gaming rig. Equipped with the Max-Q GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, you can enjoy easy games at low to medium settings. In the Dirt 3 benchmark, the MSI Prestige reached 15,181 frames per second, exceeding the average of 54 normal laptops. The XPS 15 with its GTX 1650 GPU reached 80 fps, while the Specter x360 (GTX 1050 GPU) reached 61 fps.
After you’ve had enough to dive into the shoes of an elite killer, the Prestige 15 switches to the integrated Intel UHD graphics.
MSI Prestige 15 Review – Achievement
The multitasking functions of the MSI Prestige 15 were illuminated with a Comet Lake processor of the Intel Core i7-10710U with 1.1 GHz and 32 GB RAM and were impressive. I opened 37 tabs in Google Chrome. Five played 1080p YouTube videos at the same time. Meanwhile, I watched The Mandalorian’s second episode on Disney Plus. While playing everything without a break, I navigated to Google Docs and started to join. Despite juggling the tabs, the laptop didn’t slow down.
Let’s zoom in on Geekbench 4.3’s test results, which examine the overall performance of the laptop. The Prestige 15 had a score of 19,022, which was below the mainstream category average of 25,370. The MSI Prestige 15 also faded compared to the results of the 15-inch Specter x360 (Core i7-8750H), the XPS 15 (Core i9-9980HK) and the 16-inch MacBook Pro (Core i9 CPU) of 21,889, 28,882 and 31,178, respectively.
After a speed test on the hard drive, we found that the 1 TB NVMe PCle SSD of the MSI Prestige 15 took 7.7 seconds to duplicate 4.97 GB of multimedia files, which corresponds to a transfer rate of 660.9 megabytes per second. This fell short of the category average of 787.3 Mbit / s, but the MSI Prestige 15 outperformed the Dell XPS 15 (1 TB PCle SSD) and the 15-inch Specter x360 (1 TB SSD), each of 508 Mbit / s and achieved 565.5 Mbit / s. The MSI Prestige 15 didn’t stand a chance with the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2 TB M.2 PCle NVMe SSD) – the hideous Apple laptop beats the competition with a whopping 1,017 MBit / s.
I noticed that the MSI Prestige 15 was sufficiently roasted in the area above the function keys while I was testing the device for its multitasking muscle. I have cold hands forever that turn into icicles in icy weather in New York City. So I enjoyed having an improvised fireplace to warm my fingers while watching The Mandalorian on Disney Plus.
During our heat test, which streamed 15-minute FHD video in full-screen mode, the touchpad on the Prestige 15 measured 79 degrees Fahrenheit, which ideally fell under our 95-degree comfort zone. The middle of the keyboard (88 degrees) and the bottom of the laptop (89 degrees) were also in a good mood. The hottest spot, the area between the lower mounting frame and the F11 key, hissed to 99 degrees.
We have tested how long the MSI’s Prestige 15 can stay alive with our battery test, in which you have to continuously surf the Internet via WiFi with a brightness of 150 nits. The Prestige 15 took 7 hours and 55 minutes, which isn’t the best thing, but considering the power consumption of the Prestige 15, a lively 4K display, it’s not that bad.
The Prestige 15 exceeded the average of 6:34. However, the 4K XPS 15 lasted longer at 8:48 (the 4K OLED version lasted 8: 7). The 4K non-OLED Specter x360 also beat the Prestige 15 with 14 minutes (8:09). The 16-inch MacBook Pro had eaten all other laptops at 10:55. For a laptop that produces a lively 4K screen all day, the Prestige 15’s battery life isn’t bad, but there are competing laptops that do better.
Price and Setting options
We tested the most expensive configuration: the 15.6-inch MSI Prestige 15 A10SC for $ 1,799. This device is equipped with a 10th generation Intel Core i7-10710u hexa-core processor with 1.1 GHz, 32 GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU with 4 GB VRAM and a 1 TB NVMe PCIe SSD fitted. It also has a 4K UHD screen with a 3840 x 2160 panel.
If you want to save some money, you can get the $ 1,499 iteration or the $ 1,399 base model. Both come with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD, but you’ll have to sacrifice the 4K screen if you want to buy the latter. In contrast to the versions of USD 1,799 and USD 1,499 with a display of 3840 x 2160, the basic model has a panel of 1920 x 1080. All three versions are equipped with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.
MSI Prestige 15 Review – conclusion
If you’re looking for a feather-light, ultra-portable laptop, the MSI Prestige 15 for $ 1,799 is a fantastic option as it weighs considerably less than its competitors. With its 10th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and Max-Q GPU NVIDIA GTX 1650, it offers reliable performance. The 4K screen offers vivid colors that are much clearer. The flip-and-share mode is perfect for creative creativity. However, if you’re looking for more multitasking performance and longer battery life, I recommend the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro if you can afford it, or the Dell XPS 15 if you’re on a budget.
However, if you’re looking for a sleek, powerful laptop to create content that’s ready for collaboration, the MSI Prestige 15 is the right choice.
8th total score
The MSI Prestige15 offers portability, performance and endurance in an attractive housing for content creators.
- Light, attractive chassis
- Vibrant, bright 4K display
- Solid performance
- Good battery life
- Grainy webcam
- Mediocre speaker