MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-004NL
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Reviews for the MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-004NL
Source: Tweakers NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: As most of our readers are already aware of MSI is normally seen as a gaming device/equipment manufacturer. Whether it is a monitor or a laptop, most of the time they are aimed at gamers.
Today, what I am reviewing is on a different segment. The Prestige 14 series can be seen close to the Asus Zenbook Pro series. They are mainly aiming at those looking for extra horsepower.
Here comes the but. The MSI Prestige 14 A10SC series is something different. It is thought as a mixture between gaming and business worlds. Why? Well, because of the hardware. We have a latest generation Intel ULV processor accompanied by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. So, you can game as well. Of course not the demanding ones, but definitely better than with MX150 or MX250 GPUs. Then there is the 4K screen. This I find a bit extra. Is it a necessity or is it a nice touch, I am not sure. One thing is for sure, MSI made this device future proof. It has Thunderbolt, USB 3.2, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 1 TB NVMe SSD. Down side? Well, the housing feels cheap. It mainly consists of plastic. Then the battery. Just 50 Wh. With such GPU and 4K screen who knows how far one can go away from power outlets.
Here is the thing. I would not mind that. With 1.3 kg, it is lightweight. Not as light as laptops with 1 kg weight of course, but for me it is okay. Because, with such power in hand, there is not so much limitation in terms of possibilities for such mobile device. I can game from time to time, I can do video editing. So the performance compared to competition is definitely better.
Is not there anything to criticise? Well, if I were to act neat picky, I am pretty sure I could come up with all those small details. But none of those would change the result. MSI did a good job. Combining such GPU with a ULV processor in a small case is a success. Buyers will definitely get a good device. Of course with a price. Well, let me put it that way, the Prestige 14 costs as much as a laptop with an RTX GPU. So something around 2K USD. Therefore it is a big investment.
Before you make the purchase, as always, the question is what do you need? Do you need power and mobility is not a problem for you? Get a thick laptop for a cheaper price. You need mobility, but not so much power? Get some Ultrabook, maybe with even half the price. But if you are looking to get both at the same time, well your options are limited and the price tag will surely be very high.
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q: Mid range dedicated graphics card for thin and light laptops based on the GTX 1650 but with reduced clock speeds and power consumption. Uses the Turing architecture (TU117 chip in 12nm FFN) but without Raytracing or Tensor cores.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
i7-10710U: Comet Lake based low power hexa-core processor (technically identical to Whiskey Lake and still produced in 14nm++). The CPU cores can clock between 1.1 and 4.7 GHz (all 6 cores 4.1 GHz max.) with HyperThreading (12 threads). The integrated memory controller supports DDR4-2666 and using cTDP up/down the performance can be adjusted by the OEM (12.5 - 25 Watt possible, 15W default).» 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.
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).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.