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MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 laptop review: Comet Lake for content creators

Large keyboard. The MSI Prestige 14 is a small powerhouse with a design and equipment that are convincing. We also like the keyboard with its normal-sized arrow keys very much. Our detailed review clarifies how the 14-inch laptop performs for creatives.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009

We were already able to get an idea of the MSI Prestige 14 configuration variant that we now have available in a hands-on in September 2019. Our rating is no longer as effusive as it was then, since particularly the performance of the Intel Core i7-10710U is a little lower. With 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, the performance is still very good.

In this review, we compare the MSI Prestige 14 with the competing devices listed below. You can also add more laptops from our database for comparison under each table.

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 (Prestige 14 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10710U 6 x 1.1 - 4.7 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q - 4096 MB, Core: 930 MHz, Memory: 1751 MHz, GDDR5, NVIDIA 431.9
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR3 2133, dual channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 315 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, 1024 GB 
, 890 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 Thunderbolt, Audio Connections: combined 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 319 x 215 ( = 0.63 x 12.56 x 8.46 in)
Battery
52 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.29 kg ( = 45.5 oz / 2.84 pounds), Power Supply: 420 g ( = 14.82 oz / 0.93 pounds)
Price
1800 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84 %
02/2020
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
i7-10710U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
1.3 kg16 mm14"3840x2160
85 %
11/2019
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
i7-10710U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
1.7 kg16 mm15.6"3840x2160
84 %
11/2019
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
1.5 kg15.3 mm13.3"3840x2160
83 %
09/2019
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
i7-8565U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
1.7 kg18.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
81 %
10/2019
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
i7-8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200
1.6 kg19 mm15.6"3840x2160

Case - Slim 14-inch laptop

MSI has manufactured the case of the Prestige 14 from metal, and in addition to the "Carbon Grey" color variant shown here which has polished blue edges, it's also available in "Pure White" and "Rose Pink". The workmanship is of very high quality and no uneven gap dimensions or other defects can be detected. If the lid of the Prestige 14 is opened, the base unit lifts slightly at the back. This creates an angle that favors air circulation on flat surfaces, but the resulting edge also digs into your skin in a slightly unpleasant way when the small laptop is placed on the lap.

Weighing about 1,300 grams, the Prestige 14 is the lightest laptop in our test field. Due to the very narrow display bezel and the low height, the MSI laptop is also very slim and extremely compact.

Size comparison

371 mm / 14.6 inch 251 mm / 9.88 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.6 kg3.5 lbs366 mm / 14.4 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs354 mm / 13.9 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.3 kg2.84 lbs304.6 mm / 12 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 15.3 mm / 0.602 inch 1.5 kg3.24 lbs

Connectivity - MSI laptop with two Thunderbolt ports

Without an adapter, the MSI Prestige 14 doesn't do much more. Although there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one of them is required for the power adapter, which can be used for charging on both ports. A direct monitor port, such as HDMI, has been completely forgone, and the two USB Type-A ports come only with USB 2.0 standard.

Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 3, microSD card reader
Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 3, microSD card reader
Right side: combined 3.5 mm audio jack, 2x USB 2.0
Right side: combined 3.5 mm audio jack, 2x USB 2.0

SD card reader

The MSI Prestige 14 has a memory card reader that accommodates microSD cards almost completely. Only an edge of about 2 millimeters sticks out, with which the spring mechanism for removing the card can be triggered well.

With our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC reference memory card, the card reader reaches 148.9 MB/s when copying and 176.5 MB/s when reading data. This result is well above the average of other devices we have tested.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
149 MB/s ∼100% 0%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
148.9 MB/s ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
69.2 MB/s ∼46% -54%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 204, n=203)
61.1 MB/s ∼41% -59%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
192.5 MB/s ∼100% +9%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
176.5 MB/s ∼92%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.2 MB/s ∼43% -53%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=199)
76.4 MB/s ∼40% -57%

Communication

For wireless connections, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 with the fast 802.11ax standard are available to users of the Prestige 14. With our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, MSI's laptop reaches an average of 787 Mb/s for receiving and 640 Mb/s for sending data. Although these are very good values, the MSI Prestige 15 shows that the built-in WLAN module could be even faster.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1291 (min: 1212, max: 1379) MBit/s ∼100% +64%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
787 (min: 678, max: 865) MBit/s ∼61%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
703 (min: 641, max: 729) MBit/s ∼54% -11%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
696 MBit/s ∼54% -12%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
652 MBit/s ∼51% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (44 - 1446, n=172)
573 MBit/s ∼44% -27%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1374 (min: 720, max: 1484) MBit/s ∼100% +115%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 MBit/s ∼49% +5%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
640 (min: 573, max: 691) MBit/s ∼47%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
638 (min: 626, max: 644) MBit/s ∼46% 0%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
621 MBit/s ∼45% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (46.1 - 1563, n=171)
542 MBit/s ∼39% -15%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø786 (678-865)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø640 (573-691)

Security

In addition to a TPM module, the MSI Prestige 14 also has a fingerprint scanner and supports facial recognition login via Windows Hello. The sensor responds very well to stored fingerprints and unlocks the system without delay.

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - Fingerprint scanner
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - Fingerprint scanner

Accessories

The MSI Prestige 14 only comes with the laptop itself and a 90-watt power adapter. MSI doesn't offer any other accessories specifically tailored to the Prestige 14.

Maintenance

The base plate of the MSI Prestige 14 is relatively easy to detach after all the screws on the bottom have been removed. This allows access to the WLAN module and the SSD. The memory is firmly soldered and can't be replaced or expanded.

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC - Maintenance options
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC - Maintenance options
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC - SSD and WLAN module
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC - SSD and WLAN module

Warranty

MSI grants buyers of the Prestige 14 a 24-month warranty period.

Input devices - Laptop with normal-sized arrow keys

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Prestige 14 offers very large keys with a well though-out layout, especially for a 14-inch laptop. The arrow keys are full-size, and the function keys only have a slightly reduced size. Writing tasks can be done very well and quickly, since the feedback of the keys is also very clear. The only weak point is the double assignment of page up/page down with home and end, but this is a highly specific criticism.

A three-stage keyboard backlighting can be activated for working in poor lighting conditions. This illuminates the letters evenly and doesn't dazzle.

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - Input devices
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - Input devices
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - Backlight
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - Backlight

Touchpad

A very wide ClickPad is used as a mouse replacement. This provides a smooth surface that allows accurate navigation of the mouse pointer. Even with excessive movements of the mouse pointer, our finger didn't bump into the edge, and the fingerprint sensor wasn't in the way either. Touch-triggered clicks are registered reliably, and the mechanical activation of mouse inputs works smoothly too.

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - ClickPad
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - ClickPad

Display - 4K IPS panel in the MSI Prestige 14

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The display of the MSI Prestige 14 consists of a 14-inch IPS panel and offers a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. The brightness is very good with an average of 512 cd/m², while its distribution is only moderate at 86%. MSI has forgone the use of PWM for brightness control, which suits users with sensitive eyes better.

In addition to the 4K panel installed here, the MSI Prestige 14 is also available with an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.

487
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
518
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
567
cd/m²
539
cd/m²
494
cd/m²
513
cd/m²
521
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 567 cd/m² Average: 515.9 cd/m² Minimum: 30 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 567 cd/m²
Contrast: 1274:1 (Black: 0.445 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.55 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.24
ΔE Greyscale 1.48 | 0.64-98 Ø6
Gamma: 2.19
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
IPS, 3840x2160, 14
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Sharp LQ156D1JW42, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
AUO202B, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 13.3
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
BOE NV156FHM-N63, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AU Optronics AUO30EB, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Response Times
-12%
-11%
17%
-4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
55 (27, 28)
60 (29.2, 30.8)
-9%
62 (30, 32)
-13%
41.2 (22, 19.2)
25%
68.8 (33.2, 35.6)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
36 (22, 14)
41.2 (22.8, 18.4)
-14%
39 (24, 15)
-8%
33.2 (19.6, 13.6)
8%
29.6
18%
PWM Frequency
26040 (24)
Screen
-42%
-55%
-100%
-49%
Brightness middle
567
464.5
-18%
353
-38%
312.6
-45%
451
-20%
Brightness
516
451
-13%
335
-35%
290
-44%
434
-16%
Brightness Distribution
86
92
7%
90
5%
85
-1%
89
3%
Black Level *
0.445
0.5
-12%
0.25
44%
0.31
30%
0.25
44%
Contrast
1274
929
-27%
1412
11%
1008
-21%
1804
42%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.55
3.36
-117%
4.4
-184%
5.78
-273%
4.4
-184%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.14
7.06
-37%
7.21
-40%
8.86
-72%
6.7
-30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.24
3.42
-176%
1.1
11%
3.78
-205%
1.8
-45%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.48
1.3
12%
5.49
-271%
5.4
-265%
5
-238%
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.14 103%
2.26 97%
2.21 100%
2.31 95%
CCT
6741 96%
6596 99%
7689 85%
7864 83%
7717 84%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
84.8
61
57.1
63
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.3
96
87.4
97
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-27% / -37%
-33% / -47%
-42% / -78%
-27% / -41%

* ... smaller is better

MSI promotes the Prestige 14 with a factory-calibrated True Tone display. According to our measurements, this shows a good contrast ratio of 1,274:1 and a slightly increased black value of 0.442 cd/m². As a result, colors appear well separated from each other, but blacks show a slight gray veil.

The CalMAN analysis also shows a very balanced image with a deviation that can only be improved minimally by calibration. The operation of storing the corresponding ICC file failed repeatedly with our test device, which is why we can't offer it for download here.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)

Due to the comparatively high brightness value and the matte display surface, the MSI Prestige 14 can be used well outdoors. However, users should still prefer places in the shade, as reflections can occur in direct sunlight.

MSI Prestige 14 - Outdoor use
MSI Prestige 14 - Outdoor use
MSI Prestige 14 - Outdoor use
MSI Prestige 14 - Outdoor use

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 92 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
55 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27 ms rise
↘ 28 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 89 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17878 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the MSI laptop is very viewing-angle stable. Content can be read from almost any angle without it becoming distorted or showing the wrong colors.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Good performance that drops sharply in the long run

With the Prestige 14, MSI is targeting creatives who would like to do their work on a small and mobile laptop. Performance should be just as good as with larger laptops. In addition to the configuration variant tested here, other display and storage configurations are also available.

 

Processor

MSI uses an Intel Core i7-10710U in the Prestige 14. This processor offers six cores and can handle up to 12 threads simultaneously. The clock rates are between 1.1 and 4.7 GHz, whereby the maximum frequency can only be maintained longer with sufficient cooling. To control performance, MSI offers users four preconfigured profiles that affect maximum speed and therefore also loudness and battery life.

Our benchmarks were performed in the Performance profile, with which the MSI laptop reaches a very good value of 1,100 points at the beginning of our Cinebench R15 continuous load loop. Shortly thereafter, however, the performance drops by about 30% and this value can be maintained until the end of the test. In the individual disciplines for single-core and multi-core performance, the Prestige 14 can meet our expectations for the CPU. If the "Silent" profile is activated, the small laptop only reaches a value of 390 points in the Cinebench R15 Multi test.

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MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 Intel Core i7-10710U, Intel Core i7-10710U: Ø795 (774.95-1100.17)
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC Intel Core i7-10710U, Intel Core i7-10710U: Ø1087 (1011.3-1125.11)
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7 Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø483 (464-551)
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø669 (651.9-718.51)
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø489 (485.76-508.49)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
191 Points ∼100% +38%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
181 Points ∼95% +31%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (138 - 194, n=7)
175 Points ∼92% +27%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
171 Points ∼90% +24%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
165 Points ∼86% +20%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U
138 Points ∼72%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 204, n=407)
132 Points ∼69% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
1103 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U
1100 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U
  (513 - 1113, n=7)
999 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
683 Points ∼62% -38%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
551 (min: 464, max: 551) Points ∼50% -50%
Average of class Multimedia
  (72.4 - 1600, n=427)
527 Points ∼48% -52%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
494 (min: 492.26, max: 519.15) Points ∼45% -55%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
138 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1100 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
85.35 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System performance

In the PCMark 10 test, the MSI Prestige 14 can place itself ahead of our chosen competitors and clearly sets itself apart from the test field, especially in the "Content Creation" individual discipline. In the PCMark 8 individual ratings for "Home" and "Work", however, it's only enough for a place in the midfield. In everyday life, the Prestige 14 shows no weaknesses. We were able to operate the system smoothly and without micro-stuttering or anything similar at all times. Files were accessed without delays, and programs were also opened quickly.

The performance reached by other systems in our tests is listed in our CPU Benchmarks article.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6248 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (4843 - 6248, n=3)
5537 Points ∼89% -11%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5520 Points ∼88% -12%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4680 Points ∼75% -25%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
4338 Points ∼69% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1001 - 7296, n=134)
3803 Points ∼61% -39%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2905 Points ∼46% -54%
Productivity
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7201 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6832 Points ∼95% +1%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6754 Points ∼94%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
6739 Points ∼94% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (6494 - 6832, n=3)
6693 Points ∼93% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1407 - 8020, n=135)
6367 Points ∼88% -6%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3998 Points ∼56% -41%
Essentials
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
9067 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
9048 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (8785 - 9048, n=3)
8912 Points ∼98% +1%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8785 Points ∼97%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
8373 Points ∼92% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2891 - 10539, n=135)
7834 Points ∼86% -11%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5223 Points ∼58% -41%
Score
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5150 Points ∼100%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5009 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (4690 - 5150, n=3)
4950 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4828 Points ∼94% -6%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
4484 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1144 - 5758, n=136)
4088 Points ∼79% -21%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2817 Points ∼55% -45%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5132 Points ∼100% +16%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4483 Points ∼87% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (4422 - 4483, n=3)
4459 Points ∼87% +1%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4422 Points ∼86%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2213 - 5651, n=307)
4340 Points ∼85% -2%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
4099 Points ∼80% -7%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4022 Points ∼78% -9%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3764 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (3511 - 3744, n=3)
3600 Points ∼96% +3%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3546 Points ∼94% +1%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3511 Points ∼93%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1371 - 4900, n=328)
3397 Points ∼90% -3%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3257 Points ∼87% -7%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
3029 Points ∼80% -14%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3511 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4422 points
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Storage

The Samsung SSD that's built into the MSI Prestige 14 achieves very fast write and read speeds in our storage benchmark. Since this storage device is also used in most competing products in our test field, the difference isn't too big.

How other storage devices performed in comparison to the SSD installed here can be found in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article.

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Lite-On CA3-8D512
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Average Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-14%
10%
6%
-6%
-2%
Write 4K
163.8
150.8
-8%
153
-7%
141.6
-14%
156
-5%
125 (92.4 - 164, n=23)
-24%
Read 4K
48.6
47.3
-3%
59.52
22%
45.28
-7%
45.73
-6%
44.5 (37 - 52.6, n=23)
-8%
Write Seq
2269
981.1
-57%
1608
-29%
1975
-13%
1158
-49%
1947 (981 - 2377, n=23)
-14%
Read Seq
1963
975.7
-50%
2293
17%
2272
16%
1132
-42%
1717 (976 - 2543, n=23)
-13%
Write 4K Q32T1
289.8
442.7
53%
497
71%
458.6
58%
369.2
27%
397 (205 - 603, n=23)
37%
Read 4K Q32T1
373.6
499.7
34%
543.6
46%
391.4
5%
573
53%
432 (270 - 592, n=23)
16%
Write Seq Q32T1
2395
1706
-29%
1640
-32%
2393
0%
1969
-18%
2347 (1706 - 2404, n=23)
-2%
Read Seq Q32T1
3479
1758
-49%
3158
-9%
3464
0%
3138
-10%
3218 (1758 - 3505, n=23)
-8%
Write 4K Q8T8
959.6
1408 (1254 - 1562, n=2)
Read 4K Q8T8
843.9
1449 (1373 - 1525, n=2)
AS SSD
-15%
-26%
-13%
2%
-4%
Score Total
4831
4411
-9%
1982
-59%
3483
-28%
3976
-18%
4537 (2742 - 5482, n=24)
-6%
Score Write
2079
1714
-18%
555
-73%
1664
-20%
1755
-16%
1921 (1323 - 2249, n=24)
-8%
Score Read
1828
1777
-3%
972
-47%
1210
-34%
1474
-19%
1726 (966 - 2189, n=24)
-6%
Access Time Write *
0.045
0.092
-104%
0.032
29%
0.075
-67%
0.026
42%
0.0548 (0.026 - 0.208, n=24)
-22%
Access Time Read *
0.049
0.044
10%
0.075
-53%
0.034
31%
0.039
20%
0.0521 (0.033 - 0.089, n=24)
-6%
4K-64 Write
1788.99
1454.92
-19%
271.98
-85%
1374.95
-23%
1445.94
-19%
1607 (992 - 1878, n=24)
-10%
4K-64 Read
1551.81
1599.35
3%
652.05
-58%
969.22
-38%
1210.64
-22%
1487 (693 - 1865, n=24)
-4%
4K Write
84.63
119.79
42%
133.68
58%
146.01
73%
137.63
63%
110 (10.3 - 146, n=24)
30%
4K Read
46.23
50.33
9%
53.66
16%
52.32
13%
55.3
20%
46.6 (27 - 56.8, n=24)
1%
Seq Write
2051.42
1395.01
-32%
1496.92
-27%
1432.22
-30%
1715.24
-16%
2007 (1220 - 2424, n=24)
-2%
Seq Read
2299.87
1274.31
-45%
2666.49
16%
1886.9
-18%
2082.88
-9%
1922 (870 - 2958, n=24)
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -14%
-8% / -11%
-4% / -5%
-2% / -1%
-3% / -3%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3479 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2395 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 373.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 289.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1963 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2269 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 48.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 163.8 MB/s

Graphics card

In MSI's Prestige 14, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 in the more energy-saving Max-Q version takes care of displaying graphically demanding image content. In the benchmarks, it achieves results about 10% lower than other laptops with this graphics card. However, the performance is still sufficient for photo and video-editing.

Our GPU Benchmarks article shows the performance reached by other graphics cards in our tests.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10710U
11542 Points ∼100% +13%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (10248 - 12259, n=13)
11195 Points ∼97% +9%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
10761 Points ∼93% +5%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-1065G7
10699 Points ∼93% +4%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10710U
10248 Points ∼89%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
4256 Points ∼37% -58%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 26292, n=670)
3236 Points ∼28% -68%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (6985 - 8618, n=11)
7804 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10710U
7774 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
7593 Points ∼97% +4%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10710U
7305 Points ∼94%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 19655, n=447)
3128 Points ∼40% -57%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
3088 Points ∼40% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
46686 Points ∼100% +115%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (21759 - 53981, n=11)
40411 Points ∼87% +86%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10710U
22113 Points ∼47% +2%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10710U
21759 Points ∼47%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
18952 Points ∼41% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2468 - 77755, n=443)
17574 Points ∼38% -19%
3DMark 11 Performance
10232 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14259 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6517 points
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Gaming performance

Despite its focus on content creators, the MSI Prestige 14 could also be of interest to gamers. Here, however, the Full HD version is more suitable, since the 4K screen doesn't offer much added value at a size of 14 inches. The performance of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q is definitely sufficient to execute modern titles and also display them in Full HD with smooth frame rates to a greater extent.

The performance that can be expected in different titles from the GPU installed here can be found in our GPU Games article.

BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
77 fps ∼100% +10%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (70.2 - 84.3, n=7)
75.5 fps ∼98% +8%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
72 fps ∼94% +3%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
70.3 fps ∼91% 0%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
70.2 fps ∼91%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.62 - 149, n=236)
29.2 fps ∼38% -58%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
29.16 fps ∼38% -58%
Dota 2 Reborn
3840x2160 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average of class Multimedia
  (6.5 - 102, n=14)
47.2 fps ∼100%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
9.4 (min: 7.8) fps ∼20%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (64.4 - 102, n=4)
80.6 fps ∼100% +25%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
64.4 (min: 55.3) fps ∼80%
Average of class Multimedia
  (13.9 - 125, n=61)
60 fps ∼74% -7%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
45 (min: 41.3) fps ∼56% -30%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (71.2 - 128, n=4)
93.7 fps ∼100% +32%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
71.2 (min: 61.4) fps ∼76%
Average of class Multimedia
  (12.8 - 139, n=62)
62.4 fps ∼67% -12%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
48 (min: 43.5) fps ∼51% -33%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
3840x2160 High Quality
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.8 - 24.9, n=7)
11.8 fps ∼100% +36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (8.7 - 9.6, n=2)
9.15 fps ∼78% +5%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
8.7 fps ∼74%
1920x1080 High Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (23.1 - 29.4, n=2)
26.3 fps ∼100% +14%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
23.1 fps ∼88%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.7 - 61.3, n=22)
16.8 fps ∼64% -27%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  (36.7 - 41.7, n=2)
39.2 fps ∼100% +7%
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
36.7 fps ∼94%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6.6 - 79, n=24)
24.3 fps ∼62% -34%
1280x720 Lite Quality
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
51.7 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
 
51.7 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9 - 139, n=25)
36.2 fps ∼70% -30%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 70.2 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 86.2 76.5 71.2 64.4 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 51.7 36.7 23.1 8.7 fps
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (2019) 50.4 40.3 39.6 12.7 fps

Emissions - Good speakers and a lot of heat

Noise emissions

Noise development
Noise development

Noise development in the MSI Prestige 14 depends strongly on the chosen performance profile. In the "High Performance" profile, the laptop can be heard clearly and is noticeable with a highly noisy fan. With the "Silent" profile, on the other hand, the MSI Prestige is also suitable for work in noise-sensitive areas.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
40.2 / 43.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.433.334.530.42533.633.533.733.63134.834.233.334.84029.630.131.629.65027.529.73027.56328.127.126.728.18032.327.726.232.310026.825.424.726.8125252424.62516023.923.524.223.920022.822.522.522.825022.821.920.622.831523.822.720.923.840023.322.519.923.350024.422.819.324.463026.224.618.526.280027.425.318.527.4100028.726.317.828.7125030.127.717.830.1160031.728.717.831.7200033.430.317.533.4250035.131.317.635.1315033.230.417.833.2400034.531.117.934.5500033.228.11833.2630028.324.71828.3800023.520.918.123.51000020.319.618.220.31250019.219.218.219.2160001919.21819SPL43.540.330.343.5N4.13.21.44.1median 26.2median 24.6median 18.2median 26.2Delta3.72.71.23.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our measurements certify that the MSI Prestige 14 reaches surface temperatures of 28.2 °C (~83 °F) maximum when idle and up to 51 °C (~124 °F) under load. In doing so, the palm rest also feels warm and the laptop gets hot in the rear center area. Therefore, using it on the lap is only just possible.

In our approximately one-hour-long stress test, the temperatures inside the Prestige 14 rise to over 90 °C (~194 °F). In the process, the clock rates drop extremely sharply for a short time but stabilize at about 1.4 GHz. This means that the system remains usable, and the cooling system can handle the heavy load. Therefore, users don't have to expect restrictions due to excessive temperatures even with prolonged use of the MSI laptop.

Max. Load
 45 °C
113 F
48 °C
118 F
44.3 °C
112 F
 
 42 °C
108 F
44.4 °C
112 F
37.5 °C
100 F
 
 35.2 °C
95 F
31.7 °C
89 F
31 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 48 °C = 118 F
Average: 39.9 °C = 104 F
48 °C
118 F
51 °C
124 F
47.5 °C
118 F
34.3 °C
94 F
40.1 °C
104 F
36.8 °C
98 F
31.7 °C
89 F
35 °C
95 F
35 °C
95 F
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Power Supply (max.)  47 °C = 117 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48 °C / 118 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 38.9 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.9 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35.2 °C / 95.4 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-6.2 °C / -11.2 F).
Heat map in idle usage - Top
Heat map in idle usage - Top
Heat map in idle usage - Bottom
Heat map in idle usage - Bottom
Heat map under load - Top
Heat map under load - Top
Heat map under load - Bottom
Heat map under load - Bottom

Speakers

Speakers
Speakers

The Prestige 14's 2x2 W speakers offer a comparatively high volume and a wide sound spectrum, whereby only low tones are slightly underrepresented. This makes the MSI laptop also suitable for the occasional consumption of media content. External speakers or headphones can be connected to the laptop via the existing 3.5 mm audio jack.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.232.835.22535.434.835.43136.538.736.54033.134.233.15031.736.731.76329.130.529.18030.525.530.510036.224.936.212543.323.743.316044.723.444.72004122.54125050.421.550.431557.220.757.240064.719.964.750064.619.164.663068.519.268.580065.718.165.710006717.867125063.517.263.51600671767200065.817.365.825006217.462315063.817.463.8400059.417.759.4500059.617.759.6630060.917.960.980005917.959100005817.9581250057.417.857.41600055.317.855.3SPL7630.176N38.11.438.1median 59.6median 17.9median 59.6Delta6.61.46.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseRazer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.49 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 26% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 18% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management - MSI laptop offers fast-charging function

Energy consumption

MSI Prestige 14 - Power adapter
MSI Prestige 14 - Power adapter

According to our measurements, the Prestige 14 shows a power consumption of at least 5.2 watts in idle usage and up to 67 watts under load. On average, energy demand is at a similar level to comparable devices.

The included power adapter offers an output of 90 watts and has therefore a sufficiently high capacity to reliably supply the MSI Prestige 14 with energy.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.2 / 12.2 / 14.3 Watt
Load midlight 67 / 67 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
i7-10710U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, IPS, 3840x2160, 14
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
i7-10710U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Lite-On CA3-8D512, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 13.3
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
i7-8565U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
i7-8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
-21%
-25%
-29%
8%
-28%
-38%
Idle Minimum *
5.2
6.1
-17%
10.7
-106%
5
4%
5.5
-6%
7.78 (2.8 - 28.6, n=11)
-50%
11.3 (2.1 - 101, n=968)
-117%
Idle Average *
12.2
13.2
-8%
13.6
-11%
13.2
-8%
9.8
20%
11.9 (7.7 - 26.5, n=11)
2%
15.9 (3 - 122, n=968)
-30%
Idle Maximum *
14.3
19.2
-34%
15.7
-10%
24
-68%
12
16%
16.9 (9.4 - 32.1, n=11)
-18%
19.4 (4.6 - 181, n=968)
-36%
Load Average *
67
75
-12%
60
10%
70
-4%
59
12%
75.1 (57 - 112, n=11)
-12%
60.1 (18.5 - 164, n=947)
10%
Load Maximum *
67
89.7
-34%
71
-6%
114
-70%
70
-4%
108 (67 - 164, n=11)
-61%
78.4 (20.1 - 329, n=952)
-17%
Witcher 3 ultra *
74
64
63.3
51

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

In our practical Wi-Fi test, the MSI Prestige 14 achieves a runtime of just under 6 hours. This value is in order, especially for a laptop with a 4K panel. However, users who opt for the Full HD variant are likely to achieve a significantly longer runtime.

According to MSI, the Prestige 14 can be used again for 1.5 hours after 15 minutes of charging. With the included charger, the battery took about 2 hours to fully charge.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 56min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 51min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 05min
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009
i7-10710U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 52 Wh
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
i7-10710U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 82 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 53.1 Wh
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
i7-8565U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 71 Wh
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
i7-8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200, 56 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Battery Runtime
41%
-10%
66%
18%
-18%
Reader / Idle
596
1147
92%
500
-16%
1289
116%
745
25%
423 (73 - 2085, n=912)
-29%
WiFi v1.3
351
456
30%
329
-6%
503
43%
415
18%
373 (96 - 942, n=286)
6%
Load
125
125
0%
114
-9%
174
39%
140
12%
86 (32 - 238, n=916)
-31%

Pros

+ good system performance
+ very good display calibration out of the box
+ large keys and large ClickPad
+ easy to select performance profiles

Cons

- low variety of ports
- high temperatures under load
- few maintenance options
- strong drop in CPU performance under prolonged load

Verdict - Good performance with trade-offs

In review: MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009. Test device provided by: MSI Germany
In review: MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009. Test device provided by: MSI Germany

The MSI Prestige proved to be a contradicting laptop in our test. Performance is good, but it drops a bit more strongly than in our hands-on in September 2019. The display is already excellently calibrated out of the box and also has a good contrast ratio, but the slightly increased black value and the partly better competition cloud this point a little bit too. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports are also very good in terms of port configuration, but the fact that one of them is blocked by the charger and that the remaining USB Type-A ports are only designed in 2.0 versions is again not that great. Since there is no HDMI port, both Thunderbolt ports will be blocked in extreme cases, whereby a corresponding docking station will naturally remedy this. 

The MSI Prestige 14 packs a lot of power. But buyers also have to put up with compromises.

But all of this is nitpicking. The Prestige 14 is equipped with good performance for its size and offers a lot of hardware for its price. There are hardly any maintenance options available, and the compromises that have to be made, for example, in the battery life with the 4K display, can be evaluated by any prospective buyer for themselves. Those who choose to buy this laptop will not be disappointed, but it's also recommended to take a look at the competition.

MSI Prestige 14 A10SC-009 - 02/17/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
46 / 80 → 57%
Weight
72 / 20-72 → 99%
Battery
68 / 95 → 72%
Display
92%
Games Performance
80 / 90 → 89%
Application Performance
80 / 90 → 89%
Temperature
87%
Noise
91 / 95 → 96%
Audio
80%
Camera
34 / 85 → 40%
Average
76%
84%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-02-19 (Update: 2020-02-19)
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.