MSI’s New Prestige 14 & 15 Laptops Get Intel's Comet Lake-U CPUs & Calibrated 4K Displayby Anton Shilov on August 22, 2019 5:00 PM EST
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Among the many manufacturers launching new or updated laptops this week alongside the release of Intel's new Comet Lake processors is MSI. This week the company is introducing its new compact Prestige 14 and Prestige 15 laptops, which feature Intel’s 10th gen Core CPUs, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 16-series GPUs, and a factory-calibrated 4K display. The notebooks are aimed at power users running multiple threads at once – such as content creators and photographers – particularly with the machines' top-end hex-core configurations.
MSI’s Prestige 14 and 15 laptops are based on Intel’s 10th generation Core "Comet Lake-U" processors, which come with up to six CPU cores. Accompanying the CPUs at the high-end is NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 in Max-Q design configuration. Officially, MSI labels this as an "up to" configuration, however looking at the SKU specs, even the cheapest Prestige 15 inclucdes the 1650. Details on the Prestige 14, on the othe rhard, are harder to come by, and it's not clear what the baseline configuration is there.
Meanwhile in terms of memory and storage, the 14-inch notebook comes with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 memory onboard and one M.2 SSD featuring a SATA or PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, whereas the 15-incher can be equipped with up to 64 GB of memory as well as two M.2 drives (see exact specifications in the table below).
The Prestige 14 and the Prestige 15 laptops from MSI come in sleek sandblasted aluminum chassis with blue accents that are only 16 mm thick in both cases. The bodies house a 14 or 15.6-inch ‘IPS-level’ panel (which probably means AHVA or something similar), with MSI offering 1920x1080 and 3840x2160 options. All panel options cover 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut and come factory calibrated to Delta-E<2 color accuracy.
Connectivity-wise, the systems are very similar, yet not completely the same. The PCs come with a Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth adapter, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB Type-A connectors (2.0 in case of the 14-incher and 3.2 Gen 2 in case of the 15-incher), an HDMI 2.0 output, a 3.5-mm audio connector for headsets, and a microSD card reader. As for multimedia capabilities, MSI’s Prestige 14/15 laptops are equipped with a webcam with IR sensors, stereo speakers, and a microphone array.
It is noteworthy that MSI’s original Prestige laptops introduced in 2018 were aimed primarily at business users seeking a combination of performance and compact form-factor. Meanwhile, MSI’s Prestige 14 and Prestige 15 mobile PCs in their high-end configurations are increasingly targeted at creative professionals, which essentially means that the systems are entering workstation territory. In fact, the Prestige brand plays equally well both for business users who need to show their status and for creative professionals.
|Specifications of MSI's 2019 Prestige Laptops|
|Prestige 14||Prestige 15|
|Color Gamut||100% AdobeRGB|
|CPU||Intel 10th Gen Core processors (Comet Lake-U)|
|Graphics||Integrated||Intel UHD Graphics|
|Discrete||up to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB GDDR5 w/ Max-Q|
|RAM||up to 16 GB LPDDR3 DRAM (onboard)||up to 64 GB of DDR4 DRAM
|Storage||SSD||1 × M.2 SSD (SATA or PCIe)||1 × M.2 SSD (SATA or PCIe)
1 × M.2 SSD (PCIe)
|Card Reader||MicroSD Card reader|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0|
|USB||3.1||2 × TB 3 (USB Type-C)
2 × USB Gen 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
|2 × TB 3 (USB Type-C)|
|2.0||-||2 × USB Gen 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A|
|Thunderbolt||2 × TB 3 (for data, charging, DP displays)|
|Cameras||Front||720p HD webcam with IR sensors|
|Other I/O||Microphone, 2 stereo speakers, audio jack, fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||Width||31.9 cm | 12.56 inches||35.7 cm | 14.05 inches|
|Depth||21.5 cm | 8.46 inches||23.4 cm | 9.2 inches|
|Thickness||1.6 mm | 0.63 inches|
|Weight||1.28 kilograms | 2.84 pounds||1.65 kilograms | 3.64 pounds|
MSI’s Prestige 14 and Prestige 15 notebooks are available for pre-order from Amazon and Newegg and will be released in early September.
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Teckk - Thursday, August 22, 2019 - linkHow reliable are MSI laptops, these look impressive and I want to buy one? Only have tried Lenovo, HP and Dell laptops so far.
I'm ok to get one without a graphics card - went be for gaming and don't want driver issues installing Linux.
Nozuka - Thursday, August 22, 2019 - linkWeird, the images look like 16:10 to me. But the resolution is 16:9.
The_Assimilator - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkBloody beautiful to see TB3 becoming mainstream after so long. The only problem with these models is the "discrete" GeForce GPU, which really isn't much of an upgrade over Intel's HD and IMO a waste. I'd much rather use that thermal budget to install a top-end CPU for work purposes, so that I can then invest in a proper discrete GPU that I put into an external enclosure and connect to the laptop via its TB3 ports when I'm at home and gaming.
Table is messed up, it has the USB 3.1 ports for the 15" model listed as USB 2.0.
jeremyshaw - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkI've found, from my own experience with running an Ultrabook (with UHD620) with a TB3 dGPU dock, it's not what it's cracked up to be, especially if you're often on the road. I now have a laptop with a GTX1650, and it's a much more convenient solution all around.
Also... the GTX1650 absolutely stomps the UHD620/630. It's not even close.
vladx - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkConsidering that it's a Max-Q model, I doubt that GTX 1650 is better than a GTX 1060
jeremyshaw - Friday, August 23, 2019 - linkPretty cool; what does that matter?
Neither laptop's direct predecessor had a GTX1060.
Even within the MSI Prestige lineup, the PS65 was thicker and heavier (being GS65 derived), compared to this laptop.
vladx - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - linkIt matters because for a 2019-2020 laptop, GPU performance is mediocre at best. They should've offered at least a RTX 2070 for the 4K models.
philip.ritter - Sunday, September 15, 2019 - linkYou also have to consider that this isn't a gaming laptop so you don't need such a high performing GPU the 1650 Max-Q is definitely capable of editing 4k videos with barely any lag. If you want to use this for gaming then i would look into a different laptop.
inperfectdarkness - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - linkThis. I'm tired of cooling issues, upgrade issues, etc. Give me thick.
inperfectdarkness - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - linkAnd while I'm at it, can I ask why laptop MFG's decided 300hz refresh was important? This is on the extreme bleeding edge of what a gamer will need, and seems more postured for bragging rights than practicality.
Meanwhile, 4k displays are often not even available on the top-of-the-line mobile GPU's (usually only on midrange--which is bizarre). Meanwhile, the only MFG even offering a 120hz 4k display (i.e. the actual future) is Razer, and that's only on their 17" flagship and at an astronomical price.
You could offer me a 15.6", 4k 120hz, 2" thick laptop with a 2080 GPU and I'd still happily plunk down $2,000--even the cosmetics were rough around the edges.
Instead we keep getting thinner, more tepid 4k offerings and silly "advancements" on the high-end rigs that don't really add much. I mean, how many users are actually going to benefit from 300hz vs 144hz? .000001%?