MSI Prestige 14 Hands-On Laptop Review: Faster than ever and still great for content creators
A 16 mm bullet. MSI has packed the Prestige 14 with a powerful 10th generation Intel Core processor
and a mid-range NVIDIA GPU, despite the device being just 16 mm thick.
Can such a slim and light laptop keep these components cool ?
Our initial tests suggest so. Read on to find out more in this hands-on review.
The Prestige 14 is MSI’s brand-new 14-inch, and Intel Comet Lake-U powered laptop.
Designed for content creators, the Prestige 14 includes a Core i7-10710U Hexa-core processor
and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU among other components.
MSI promises that the Core i7-10710U will deliver up to 50% better multicore performance
than its Whiskey Lake predecessor, which is unsurprising considering that it has 50% fewer cores.
The Prestige 14 is Quiet Mark Certified too, so it should remain quiet under load,
even with its Hexa-core CPU and dedicated GPU running at full tilt.
MSI Prestige 14 NVIDIA GeForce GTX
MSI will offer the Prestige 14 with either a 4K or 1080p display.
The former covers 100% of AdobeRGB, while the latter covers 100% of the narrower sRGB colour space.
We expect to see more laptops equipped with the Core i7-10710U and a dedicated GPU in the coming months,
but the Prestige 14 is the first that we have gotten our hands-on.
Impressively, MSI has kept the Prestige 14 to just 16 mm (~0.55 to ~0.63 in) thick,
but it remains to be seen whether other OEMs will follow suit or perhaps go even slimmer.
MSI markets the Prestige series as being suitable for content creators and creatives,
but the Prestige 14 is still capable of some light-gaming.
In short, the Prestige 14 strikes a balance between powerful hardware
without the flashy designs and RGB lighting of modern gaming laptops.
MSI Prestige 14 Battery
MSI promises that the Prestige 14 will achieve up to 10 hours battery in “Super Battery Mode”,
Although manufacturer estimates typically fall short of real-world runtimes.
We shall test the validity of MSI’s claim in our full review.
The Prestige 14 has no proprietary charging port, with MSI including a 90 W USB Type-C charger instead.
The device also comes with an Intel AX201 modem, which utilises 2×2 MIMO antennas
and supports up to IEEE 802.11 ax Wi-Fi.
The AX201 can also connect to 160 MHz Wi-Fi channels,
and theoretically is up to three times faster than IEEE 802.11 ac modems such as the Intel Wireless-AC 9560.
The Prestige 14 series will range from €1,449 (~$1,588) to around €1,899 (~$2,081)
when MSI launches it in October. By contrast, the Prestige 15,
which will be launched this month, will start at €1,599 (~$1,753).
MSI Prestige 14 Case
As mentioned earlier, the Prestige 14 measures 16 mm (~0.55 to ~0.63 in) thick,
specifically 15.9 mm (~0.62 in). The device also weighs 1.29 kg, which puts it on par with many of its contemporaries.
Likewise, MSI has managed to fit a 14-inch panel into what would previously have been a 13.3-inch chassis,
reminiscent of the Dell XPS and ASUS ZenBook series.
This is thanks to the small side and top bezels, which yield an almost 90% screen-to-body ratio.
Design Like Angels
MSI kindly lent us both the Prestige 14 and Prestige 15, allowing us to compare the two devices side-by-side.
While the two devices look identical from most angles, MSI has designed the devices with different hinges.
On the left, there are two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a microSD card slot.
On the right, there are two USB 2.0 Type-A ports and a headphone jack
The Prestige 15 has a conventional laptop hinge,
which does not extend beyond the bottom of the top chassis,
although it does push the chassis up by a few millimeters.
However, the Prestige 14 has a hinge that raises the chassis by around 1 cm (~0.4 in) from the surface on which it has been placed.
Other OEMs such as ASUS and HP have included similar hinges on their laptops, like the Envy 13 that we recently reviewed.
The 1 cm (~0.4 in) gap underneath the bottom of the device aids ventilation
and tilts the keyboard upwards by 5°, which should also make for a pleasanter typing experience.
The Prestige 14 is relatively simple to repair or maintain, with the bottom case coming away
from the rest of the chassis once you have removed a few screws
and carefully pried free a few retaining clips. We would recommend using a flat plastic tool
such as a spudger to do the latter, as the clips are rather fragile.
Once inside, you have access to the battery, fan, heatsink, motherboard, SSD, and Wi-Fi module.
Sadly, MSI has soldered the RAM, making it irreplaceable.
Oddly, the base model, which has no dedicated GPU, has two SO-DIMM slots.
MSI Prestige 14 Display
A bright, color-accurate, and anti-reflective display is essential for content creation, Especially on the go.
The Prestige 14 ticks all three, with MSI equipping the device with a 4K panel that it claims covers 100% of AdobeRGB.
We were unable to confirm this claim during our hands-on tests,
but it does have 100% sRGB coverage. As mentioned earlier,
MSI also sells a 1080p display option should you not need a 4K panel.
Our pre-release test unit achieved an average maximum brightness of 513 cd/m²
according to X-Rite i1Pro 2 and 568 cd/m² at the centre of the display,
both of which are mighty impressive. The panel is 87% evenly lit too,
which is on par with its contemporaries. Likewise, the panel has a low black level
and high contrast ratio, which we measure at 0.28 cd/m² and 2,029:1 respectively.
MSI Prestige 14 Performance
The Prestige 14 is one of the first laptops to officially feature a Core i7-10710U processor,
Intel’s premier Comet Lake-U series chip.
Comet Lake-U is not to be confused with Ice Lake-U, which both share the Core ix-10 nomenclature.
The Core i7-10710U is a Hexa-core CPU that Intel manufactures on its 14 nm FinFET process.
The processor can clock between 1.1 and 4.7 GHz on a single core or up to 3.9 GHz on all cores
and supports Intel Hyper-Threading, allowing it to execute up to twelve threads simultaneously.
The additional four threads that the Core i7-10710U has over the Core i7-8565U makes it ideal for multicore work.
As expected, the Core i7-10710U performs exceptionally well in multicore synthetic benchmarks,
with the CPU able to operate at up to 50 W.
The Prestige 14 averaged 30 W during our Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit tests,
which is considerably higher than what most of its 15 W predecessors can manage.
Our pre-release test device scored a whopping 1,043 points in CB R15 Multi 64Bit,
putting it 50% ahead of the Core i7-8565U powered MSI PS63 Modern 8SC.
Even the Core i5-10210U falls over 50% behind the Core i7-10710U in the same benchmark.
However, the opposite is true in single-core benchmarks,
with the Core i7-10710U being 5% off the pace with a score of 174 points in CB R15 Single 64Bit.