MSI's new Summit Series means business: Tiger Lake CPUs, Intel Xe, Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics, Thunderbolt 4, and more
MSI unveiled a new laptop line targeted at business users who need power in a portable package. The Summit Series boasts five new laptops that will stand out in the boardroom.
The Summit E Series consists of the Summit E13, Summit E14, and Summit E15. The E14 and E15 feature a 14-inch and 15.6-inch display, respectively, that can be configured with a FHD standard display, a FHD touchscreen, or a 4K panel that covers 100% of the AdobeRGB gamut. Both are powered by 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake Core i7 U-series CPUs and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q (4 GB) GPU.
Both feature fingerprint sensors, IR webcams (720p, 30 fps), TPM 2.0, and an M.2 PCIe Gen 4x4 SSD. The E15 also has room for another M.2 PCIe Gen 3x4 SSD. The E14 has two LPDDR4X-4266 RAM DIMMs soldered to the mainboard, while the E15 has two DDR4-3200 RAM slots that can support up to 64 GB of RAM.
Both the E14 and E15 have two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a microSD card reader, and a combo headset audio jack. The E14 has an additional USB-A 2.0 port, while the E15 has two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports and a full-sized HDMI port (4K @ 60 Hz). The E14 runs on a 3-cell 52 Wh battery rated for 10 hours of battery life, and the E15 packs an 82 Wh battery rated at 16 hours.
MSI also announced the Summit B line, which includes the Summit B15 and Summit B14. These have a 15.6-inch and 14-inch display, though they can only be configured up to FHD. Both the B15 and B14 can be equipped with an 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake Core i7 U-series CPU and Intel Iris Xe Graphics. Both feature an M.2 PCIe Gen 4x4 SSD, while the B15 can have an additional M.2 PCIe Gen 3.x SSD.
Both support DDR4 RAM, though the B15 supports two RAM DIMMs (up to 64 GB) while the B14 supports only a single stick (up to 32 GB). Both laptops have a single Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI port (4K @ 60 Hz), a microSD card slot, a combo headset audio jack, and a dedicated DC input. Both are powered by a 3-cell 52 Wh battery rated at 10 hours.
The Summit Series laptops have a bevy of business tricks up their sleeves, including support for Microsoft Autopilot (for easy device setup), Intel’s vPro platform, TPM 2.0, Microsoft Secured-core qualification, a MIL-STD-810G rating, WiFi 6, support for Duet Display screen sharing, and more.
MSI also announced a Summit E13 2-in-1 laptop, but more details about the convertible are forthcoming.
The MSI Summit Series laptops will be available in October. Pricing is not yet available.