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MSI PS42 Modern 8MO-023ES


MSI PS42 Modern 8MO-023ES
MSI PS42 Modern 8MO-023ES (PS42 Series)
Intel Core i7-8565U 4 x 1.8 - 4.6 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
16384 MB 
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI
512 GB SSD
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Card Reader: SD
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 322 x 222 ( = 0.63 x 12.68 x 8.74 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
1.2 kg ( = 42.33 oz / 2.65 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: - %, features: 100%, display: - % mobility: 90%, workmanship: 100%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI PS42 Modern 8MO-023ES

90% [Análisis] MSI PS42 Modern 8MO-023ES, un ultraportátil premium en todos los sentidos
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2019
Rating: Total score: 90% features: 100% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100%
¡Chollo! MSI PS42 Modern 8MO-023ES. Ultrabook 14,0" con Intel Core i7-8565U y 16 GB de memoria RAM (873 €)
Source: Ofertaman Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; good price; high portability; nice performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/04/2019


Model: The MSI PS42 Modern 8MO-023ES is a premium ultraportable laptop, which is slim, elegant and prestige. Crafted in ultra-light chassis with hair-brushed aluminium, combined with white keyboard illumination, the PS42 is made portable and durable wherever users go. With a thin profile of 15 millimetres and net weight of only 1.19 kilograms, this laptop is one of the most compact and lightest ultrabooks in the market. Ruggedness, reliability and durability are what a laptop should be. To provide the best in class laptops for all kinds of professionals, MSI laptops go through tremendous rigorous tests. The PS42 is tailored for professional minds and exploratory spirits. To pursue the best of the best, the product meets the MIL-STD 810G military standard for reliability and durability. As for the display, the 5.7 mm thin bezel resulted in a high screen-to-body ratio in a 14-inch chassis. Users can enjoy the magnificent view across the FHD IPS-Level anti-glare display. Furthermore, the MSI exclusive True Color Technology provides different modes to best fit user’s various usages. The MSI PS42 features an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, an Intel UHD Graphics 620, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage, which offer excellent computing capability and instant boot-up time. This specifications makes for a supercharged laptop for work and play. As for the operating system, it comes with Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit.

For the power source, a 50 Wh lithium-polymer battery supplies up to 10 hours of on-the-go usage. Whether for work or for entertainment, the PS42 accompanies the user’s non-stop lifestyle. A built-in fingerprint sensor is also available, designed for high privacy protection and business security. User login is as simple as a touch of the fingertip. With Nahimic 3, users can enjoy cinematic sound even when at home. Nahimic 3 Audio enhances your favorite music into virtual surround sound over standard audio equipment. Besides that, Exclusive Cooler Boost 3 with two dedicated fans and three heat pipes, stands out among the competition. This keeps the laptop cool even in intense usage. The PS42 provides up to 4 USB ports in a small form factor. The highly efficient USB 3.1 transfers 10x faster than USB 2.0. There is an HDMI video output (compatible with 4K monitors at 30 Hz), a 3-in-1 SD card reader (SD, XC, HC), an audio combo connector for headphones and external speakers, and an HD webcam (720p at 30 fps) with built-in digital microphone. As a conclusion, the MSI PS42 Modern is a compact, powerful and quiet laptop. It features an outstanding design, decent performance hardware components, great battery life and diverse connectivity options, which makes it a good ultraportable device to work on the go.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Series: MSI continues to impress the tech-savvy community with more simple and elegant laptop designs which are guaranteed to appeal to modern aesthetic views. The MSI PS42 enters the scene with much anticipation and more promising prospects to deliver. First of all, let us touch on the design of the laptop itself. MSI has made itself known to come up with laptops with a distinguished theme which typically revolves around prestige and elegance. This does not come short for the MSI PS42 as this particular laptop model retains the signature MSI look with its ultra-light chassis framework foiled with hair-brushed aluminum. The keyboard emits comforting white lights to complement with the entire theme of the laptop. Moreover, it is to be noted that the MSI PS42 is very thin and only measures up to 1.19 kilograms in weight. This makes the MSI PS42 extremely portable for frequent laptop users who are always on the go.

The MSI PS42 comes with a distinct cooling system of its own. Aptly named as the Cooler Boost 3, this dual thermal cooling system harnesses the strength of two dedicated fans and three heat pipes to channel out built-up heat efficiently under the pressure of intense workload. Generated noises caused by the Cooler Boost 3 are significantly mitigated to ensure that unwelcomed nuisance is removed from the equation. The Cooler Boost 3 technology works in tandem with high-end components such as the Core i7 Extreme CPUs and GTX880M 8GB graphics. This highly suggests that the Cooler Boost 3 is designed with the latest innovation in mind in order to improve cooling performance up to the next level.

The MSI PS42 also comes equipped with the exclusive True Color Technology which provides a variety of modes tailored for different settings and usage. The True Color Technology introduces up to six different profiles for screen color optimization. Users can opt for a profile of their choice, be it the Anti-Blue Mode or the professional Designer Mode, as long as the selected preset pleases the eyes without sacrificing viewing comfort in place of work efficiency. Not only that, users are bound to realize that the True Color Technology displays colors as close to 100 % sRGB. Suffice to say, each color-correcting mode is tailored with a specific target audience in mind, be they interior designers or avid gamers alike, the presets which are made available by the True Color Technology strive to deliver the best screen experience to whoever and wherever the users are.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

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.

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

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

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

i7-8565U: Whiskey Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Kaby Lake but produced in a further improved 14nm++ process). The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4.6 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

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

1.2 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.

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).

90%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2019-08-19 (Update: 2019-08-19)