MSI updates the Summit E14 to Alder Lake-P CPUs and the Evo tag
MSI's latest crop of enterprise-focused laptops includes a new Summit E14 - or Summit E14 Evo, as the name now goes in 2022. Accordingly, it has been presented with options of the Core i5-1240P or i7-1260P processors. Its predecessor had discrete GTX graphics; however, there is only mention of Iris Xe here.
The Summit E14 Evo does at least exhibit the latest in its OEM's Ink Black esthetics, which means far fewer gold accents this year. It has ostensibly missed out on the razor-thin appeal of its Prestige counterparts, yet is thin and light enough, with a height of about 0.7 inches.
Its edges do accommodate dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, both of which can support its up-to-65W power input - even if this is a downgrade on the 90W max of 2021. The laptop also packs HDMI compatible with 4K/60Hz external displays and SD card support - albeit via a micro slot.
On the plus side, the new 14-inch Summit's 16GB of RAM is dual-channel, paired to 512GB NVMe SSDs. There is a backlight for the keyboard (even if it doesn't deviate from white) and a "Silky Glass" trackpad with an in-built fingerprint sensor with FIDO 2 support.
Like many of its new Windows 11 Pro-powered business-class siblings, the new non-flip variant also comes with an FHD IR webcam and Windows Hello support. Nevertheless, one might expect a more reasonable price for this package in 2022, and would get one: the Summit E14 Evo has a recommended starting cost of US$1,249, or $100 more for the top-end i7 model.