MSI Prestige 14 Evo (2021) Review

In this article, I give you my MSI Prestige 14 Evo (2021) review with specs included. Yes, there’s still a Prestige, not an Evo model. I’ll tell you what the differences are below.

The one that I have is Intel 11th gen, the Evo platform, which means long battery life, instant wake from sleep, Intel CPUs and GPUs inside, Intel Wi-Fi, etc. Basically, full Intel package.

This is another attempt for MSI to go into the business ultrabook market. They’re really well known obviously for the gaming laptops and their mobile workstations are no slouches either.

And they’re still working on that business laptop market which doesn’t mean it’s dull necessarily. I mean, Dell XPS 13 is a business laptop as well.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo (2021) is a conventional 14-inch clamshell laptop design. Not a convertible and all that sort of thing.

It has an aluminum build. It’s available in three different colors. I have the one they call gray but obviously, it has kind of bluish accents especially the edges, the little bling thing. Or, you can get it in white or pink, and that pink is very pink.

So, the 14-inch business laptop is just a 14-inch ultrabook market in the kind of premium-ish space but not super-expensive. It is not the easiest one to break into. There are so many offerings and some that are very well established like that Dell XPS 13. There are a variety of ThinkPad models, the X1 Carbon, and all that sort of thing.

So, MSI fights that market by coming in a bit less expensive. My Core i7 model, the Full HD IPS display (decent enough display), 512 gigabytes to one terabyte NVMe SSD, and 16 gigs of RAM is around $1199.

In terms of the build and looks on this, I am not a real fan of the kind of sparkly paint finish that they’re using. It reminds me of back in the 2000s the way plastic laptops sort of look.

But, this is indeed an aluminum body laptop. The white probably looks a little bit less sparkly and the pink certainly doesn’t seem to look sparkly in pictures.

The display is full HD and has a 16 by 9 traditional aspect ratio. So, those who are hoping for 16 by 10 or even three by two, sorry, not here, just straight normal.

The display is 305 nits, the one I have, that’s what it measured using our SpyderXElite colorimeter. And that’s not real bright for the thousand to $1200-ish kind of ultrabook market.

So, that hurts a little bit but that’s it. It looks pretty decent, pretty bright. The contrast on it is very good, it has very low black levels. Low black levels are a good thing, blacks are blacker. So that’s in its favor and the color gamut on it is pretty good too.

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