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MSI Modern 15 Series

MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-089XESProcessor: Intel Comet Lake i5-10210U, Intel Comet Lake i7-10510U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620, NVIDIA GeForce MX330
Display: 15.60 inch
Weight: 1.6kg
Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 6 reviews)
: - %, performance: - %, features: - %, display: - %
mobility: - %, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

 

MSI Modern 15 A10M-028

The MSI Modern 15 A10M-028 is the 15.6-inch display version of its predecessor, the 14-inch model. The Modern 15 incorporates a sleek, lightweight aluminum chassis with up to a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio for users’ convenience. Along with that, this model also incorporates the Chi Mei N156HCE-EN1 IPS panel, which is similar to the one found in the 2017 Asus ZenBook Pro UX550 series, the Lenovo IdeaPad 720S-15IKB and also in the Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB. Therefore, the Modern 15 shares similar core characteristics in terms of color coverage, response times and contrast ratios with these systems. The Modern 15 comes with a FHD screen, promising a better viewing experience for users. The display is also of the non-glare type, which again accounts for an overall improved user experience in terms of viewing pleasure. On the other hand, in comparison to the more expensive 4K UHD Prestige 15, this FHD Modern 15 definitely shows faster response times for less ghosting, but, of course, with a dimmer backlight and narrower color spectrum than the former.

As for outdoor visibility, this device offers quite an okay viewing experience in the shade because of its matte overlay and wide viewing angles with the 180-degrees hinges. However, it is better to acquire a laptop with much better brightness, such as the XPS 15, the MacBook Pro or the Prestige 15, if the user is prone to using the laptop outdoors frequently. The Modern 15 also does not support touch screen features, which might be a drawback for some users. In terms of its keyboard, the ergonomic design caters for an optimized typing experience. With the supporting backlit feature, it is even possible to enjoy an awesome typing experience in a dim place. In addition, the 1.5mm key travel is just enough to enhance a user’s typing accuracy and comfort while improving the overall experience.

As far as the performance is concerned, this device carries a quad-core Core i7-10510U Comet Lake-U CPU and Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. This processor definitely promises uncompromised performance, even when multiple real-time workloads are stacked. Apart from that, the MSI Modern 15 has also been equipped with Cooler Boost 3 Technology, which comes with two fans and three heat pipes to help maintain the temperature of the laptop even during intense usage. In terms of port options, the Modern 15 comes with a single USB Type-C port compared to the two Type-C ports in the Modern 14. However, there is an addition of a USB Type-A in the Modern 15 along with a MicroSD-card reader. The 52Wh battery within this device is capable of providing an overall usage time of up to 9 hours after having been fully charged, which definitely increases the overall productivity and users’ convenience. While all laptops have their own pros and cons, the choice of choosing the right one depends entirely on the user’s preferences and needs.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Specifications

Notebook: MSI Modern 15 A10M-028
Processor: Intel Comet Lake i7-10510U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.6kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 70% - average

Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

70% MSI Modern 15 review: A mostly middle-of-the-pack machine that sometimes swings above its weight
Source: Good Gear Guide English
On paper, the MSI Modern 15 provides plenty of bang for buck. In practice, it’s as likely to disappoint you as surprise you. MSI have made a more-than-competent workhorse of a laptop but, on some level or another, it feels like most consumers buy around the possibilities of what they might do with their next PC over what they actually do. And on the metaphorical metrics of might and maybes, the MSI Modern 15 struggles to keep up.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/22/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% MSI Modern 15 review: A mostly middle-of-the-pack machine that sometimes swings above its weight
Source: PC World Australia English
On paper, the MSI Modern 15 provides plenty of bang for buck. In practice, it’s as likely to disappoint you as surprise you. MSI have made a more-than-competent workhorse of a laptop but, on some level or another, it feels like most consumers buy around the possibilities of what they might do with their next PC over what they actually do. And on the metaphorical metrics of might and maybes, the MSI Modern 15 struggles to keep up.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/22/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Trên tay MSI Modern 15 A10M: Quá đẹp, quá mạnh, quá đẳng cấp
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2020
Trên tay & đánh giá nhanh laptop MSI Modern 15 A10M: Nhắc MSI không chỉ có laptop chuyên cày Game
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent display; compact size; high mobility. Negative: Easy getting fingerprints.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/22/2020

 

MSI Modern 15 A10M-088XES

Specifications

MSI Modern 15 A10M-088XESNotebook: MSI Modern 15 A10M-088XES
Processor: Intel Comet Lake i5-10210U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.6kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Pricecompare

 

Foreign Reviews

MSI Modern 15 A10M-088XES: ¡La movilidad llevada al límite!
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Big screen; stylish design; beautiful display; powerful processor; nice connectivity. Negative: Mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/23/2020

 

MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-089XES

Specifications

MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-089XESNotebook: MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-089XES
Processor: Intel Comet Lake i5-10210U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce MX330
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.6kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

Pricecompare

 

Foreign Reviews

MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-089XES: ¡Gran Potencia Multitarea!
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; backlit keys; decent hardware. Negative: Average gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/04/2020

 

Comment

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).


Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce MX330: Successor of the MX230 and most likely a renamed GeForce MX250/MX150 based on the Pascal GP108 chip with 384 shaders and a 64 Bit memory bus for GDDR5.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Comet Lake:

i7-10510U: Comet Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Whiskey Lake and still produced in 14nm++). The CPU cores can clock between 1.8 and 4.9 GHz (all 4 cores 4.3 GHz max.) with HyperThreading (8 threads). The integrated memory controller supports DDR4-2666 and using cTDP up/down the performance can be adjusted by the OEM (10 - 25 Watt possible, 15W default).

i5-10210U: Comet Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Whiskey Lake and still produced in 14nm++). The CPU cores can clock between 1.6 and 4.2 GHz (all 4 cores 3.9 GHz max.) with HyperThreading (8 threads). The integrated memory controller supports DDR4-2666 and using cTDP up/down the performance can be adjusted by the OEM (10 - 25 Watt possible, 15W default). Compared to the faster i5-10510U, the level 3 cache was reduced from 8 to 6 MB.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.6 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.

1.6 kg:


70%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

MSI Modern 14 A10RAS-870XES
GeForce MX330, Comet Lake i7-10510U, 14.00", 1.2 kg
Asus VivoBook Ultra 14 K413
GeForce MX330, Ice Lake i5-1035G1, 14.00", 1.4 kg
Asus Vivobook 14 A409JP-EK502T
GeForce MX330, Ice Lake i5-1035G1, 14.00", 1.6 kg
Asus VivoBook 14 A413, i5-10210U MX330
GeForce MX330, Comet Lake i5-10210U, 14.00", 1.4 kg
HP 17-by3268ng
GeForce MX330, Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 17.30", 2.38 kg
MSI Modern 14 A10RAS-1049XES
GeForce MX330, Comet Lake i7-10510U, 14.00", 1.2 kg
HP 17-by3250ng
GeForce MX330, Ice Lake i5-1035G1, 17.30", 2.38 kg
HP Envy 17-cg0001ng
GeForce MX330, Ice Lake i5-1035G1, 17.30", 2.73 kg
HP Envy 17-cg0220ng
GeForce MX330, Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 17.30", 2.73 kg
MSI Modern 14 A10RAS-871XES
GeForce MX330, Comet Lake i7-10510U, 14.00", 0 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17IML05-81WC0048GE
GeForce MX330, Comet Lake i7-10510U, 17.30", 2.2 kg
HP Envy 17t-cg000
GeForce MX330, Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 17.30", 2.73 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

MSI Modern 14 B10RBSW-063XES
UHD Graphics 620, Comet Lake i7-10510U, 14.00", 0 kg
MSI Creator 17 A10SGS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Comet Lake i7-10875H, 17.30", 2.39 kg
MSI Prestige 14 A10RB
GeForce MX250, Comet Lake i7-10710U, 14.00", 1.29 kg
MSI PS42 Modern 8RA-280XES
GeForce MX250, Core i7 i7-8565U, 14.00", 1.2 kg

Devices from the same Manufacturer

MSI GP65 Leopard 10SFK-495XES
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Comet Lake i7-10750H, 15.60", 0 kg
MSI GF65 Thin 9SEXR-687XES
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, Coffee Lake i5-9300H, 14.00", 1.5 kg
MSI GE66 Raider 10SGS-498XES
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Comet Lake i7-10875H, 15.60", 2.4 kg
MSI Creator 15 A10SD-276ES
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, Comet Lake i7-10875H, 15.60", 0 kg
MSI GT76 10SGS-045 Titan DT
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, Comet Lake i9-10900K, 17.30", 4.2 kg
MSI GS66 Stealth 10SFS-440
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Comet Lake i7-10875H, 15.60", 2.1 kg
MSI Creator 15 A10SF-008
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Comet Lake i7-10875H, 15.60", 2.1 kg
MSI GF65 Thin 9SEXR-249
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, Coffee Lake i5-9300H, 15.60", 1.86 kg
MSI Modern 14 A10M-1034XES
UHD Graphics 620, Comet Lake i5-10210U, 14.00", 1.2 kg
MSI Bravo 17 A4DDK-002XES
Radeon RX 5500M, Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU) R7 4800H, 17.30", 2.2 kg
MSI GP75 Leopard 10SDK-023PL
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, Comet Lake i7-10750H, 17.30", 2.6 kg
MSI GL75 10SFK-060XES
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Comet Lake i7-10750H, 17.30", 2.6 kg
MSI GL75 10SEK-039ES
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, Comet Lake i7-10750H, 17.30", 2.6 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2020-06-27 (Update: 2020-06-27)