The MSI Modern 15 has dual-channel RAM while the Modern 14 is stuck in single-channel mode
We recently reviewed the 14-inch MSI Modern 14 and found it to be an overall good performer especially given the very light weight and portable form factor. Nonetheless, it still carried plenty of drawbacks including single-channel RAM, one storage bay only, and difficult serviceability. Thus, when we had checked out the 15.6-inch Modern 15 a few weeks later, we had expected mostly the same advantages and disadvantages.
To our surprise, the Modern 15 is quite different from the Modern 14. RAM, for example, can be doubled to 64 GB of removable dual-channel RAM in contrast to the Modern 14 while there are now two M.2 2280 slots instead of just one. Furthermore, serviceability is significantly easier as shown by the comparison shots below and the Modern 15 doesn't suffer from a "nosecam" webcam, either. The QoL differences between the two models objectively favor the Modern 15.
Still, the Modern 14 has a few advantages worth nothing aside from being smaller and lighter. It's got a Kensington Lock, full-size SD reader, and one more USB Type-C port than the Modern 15. The omission of a Kensington Lock and full-size SD reader in particular is strange on the Modern 15 since it is the larger unit.
|MSI Modern 14||MSI Modern 15|
|Display||14-inch 1080p IPS matte||15.6-inch 1080p IPS matte|
|Webcam positioning||Bottom of screen||Top of screen|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB DDR4-2666, Single-channel only, 1x SODIMM||Up to 64 GB DDR4-2666, Dual-Channel, 2x SODIMM|
|Storage||1x M.2 PCIe||2x M.2 PCIe|
|Serviceability||Difficult to upgrade storage and RAM||Easy access to storage|
|Ports||2x USB Type-A|
2x USB Type-C
3.5 mm combo audio
Full-size SD Reader
|3x USB Type-A|
3.5 mm combo audio
|Dimensions||16 x 322 x 222 mm||15.9 x 356.8 x 233.7 mm|
|Weight||1.2 kg||1.6 kg|
|Price||900+ USD||1100+ USD|