MSI refreshes its line of productivity laptops

This morning, MSI announced a refresh for its Summit, Prestige, and Modern series of laptops. Along with a new Summit laptop and design refreshes, they feature the latest 12th Gen Intel processors, some of which run on Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA graphics. This update to the range is designed to maximize everyone’s productivity.

MSI is a well-known brand within the PC community for its computer components, accessories, and laptops. Today, MSI launched a handful of refreshed laptops for their business and productivity line running some of the latest computing hardware, such as 12th Gen Intel processors. Among this range there will be laptops with Intel Evo certification. That means they’re designed to be light, fast, and have long-lasting battery life. Sprinkled throughout you’ll also find touchscreen support and Tobii Aware support. Tobii Aware is security software that can automatically lock the device if no one is detected nearby and can even blur the screen when you look away. Device security is a major theme for these laptops. You can watch a replay of the launch event below.

The Summit Series

Summit E16 Flip | Image credit: MSI

MSI’s Summit series has been its premium business and productivity laptop since its launch. The Summit E14 Flip Evo joins the existing E13 Flip Evo and E16 Flip to give users even more size options. Typically, you’ll find the Summit series running 12th Gen Intel i7 processors with LPDDR5 system memory. The Flip models feature a touchscreen and support for the MSI stylus. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are available on all Summit Series models. You’ll also get access to two Thunderbolt 4 ports supporting DisplayPort and PD Charging, a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, an HDMI output capable of 4k60Hz, a hidden microSD card reader, an audio jack, and a webcam lock. You won’t have to worry about losing track of your laptop with Tile built-in. Much like the trackers you can get for your phone, you can locate your laptop using the Tile app.

The Prestige series

Prestigious 14 | Image credit: MSI

The Prestige laptop series features a thin and light chassis and is designed to stand out. The DTS audio processing inside these laptops provides an excellent listening experience when paired with lossless audio. You can choose between NVIDIA RTX/GTX or Intel Iris Xe graphics depending on your preference. Using Windows Hello, you can unlock your device with your face or your finger. You can expect long battery life with fast charging. As MSI puts it, “A harmonious blend of features gives the Prestige its prestigious name.” You won’t be making the jump to DDR5 memory with the Prestige line, but you’ll still be rocking Intel’s latest. The I/O is similar to what’s available on the Summit series but lacks the webcam lock switch. The USB situation is slightly different between the two models, with the 15 having two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports while the 14/14 Evo has the same USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port as the Summit series. It also lacks the HDMI output on the 14/14 Evo.

The modern series

Modern 14 | Image credit: MSI

MSI describes the Modern Series’ new look as “both trendy and sophisticated.” The new chassis design has been created to emphasize the modern look with matching colors. Compared to the series of laptops described above, the Modern line is simple and precise. It doesn’t have to be flashy to tell you what it can do. The general specs of the 14 and 15 models are identical except for the screen sizes (hence the 14 and 15 monikers). You’ll have one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port that supports Power Delivery, one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a microSD card reader, and a combo audio jack. Exact processor and amount of memory and storage may vary. With the Modern series being the entry in this line of laptops, MSI is ready to support the professionals.

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It’s always great when a brand takes their older products and refreshes them with the newest hardware. 12th Gen Intel graphics and NVIDIA RTX are welcome. For my personal use cases, the Evo-rated devices won’t serve me well, but I understand their place in the market. If you’re looking for a new everyday notebook for drivers, you might want to take a look at what MSI has to offer here.

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