Computex 2018 | MSI Prestige PS42 is the 14-inch version of the GS65
MSI has unveiled its 14-inch PS42 laptop at Computex 2018 as part of its Prestige series of business laptops. The system is notable for its very narrow 5.7 mm bezels on three sides and sharp design that were clearly inspired by the manufacturer's recent GS65 gaming notebook.
Users can expect run-of-the-mill specifications to accompany the sleek XPS 13-like look. The system is only 1.19 kg in weight and 15.9 mm thick with Core i5-8250U and i7-8550U ULV CPUs, optional GeForce MX150 GPU, a touchpad fingerprint reader, and an aluminum housing. Interestingly, MSI is explicitly advertising a 25 W MX150 to imply that the PS42 is not utilizing the slower 10 W '1D12' variant found on a growing number of Ultrabooks with the MX150 GPU. On the showfloor of Computex 2018 we can verify that, a GPU-Z readout shows the fast 1D10.
The reveal of the PS42 is an oddball by MSI standards. Usually, new designs are announced first as a G series gaming laptop before they get the coat of white paint to become a Prestige business laptop. Strangely, the PS42 is an original Prestige design not derived from any known G series laptop. This could, however, indicate that MSI may be working on a 14-inch G series gaming notebook or even Ultrabook akin to the GS43VR. The potential for a 14-inch version of the GS65 is even greater knowing that MSI already has a chassis blueprint in place.
Although the starting price is unknown as of this writing, the PS42 Prestige will launch next month in July across European territories.