MSI Summit E15 Review 2021

MSI has just announced the release of their new E15 laptop, which is a 15.6-inch device that offers an Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics card for $999 USD. This PC sports a 3D 16:9 IPS display with G-Sync technology and up to 32GB of RAM, 1TB HDD + 256 SSD Hybrid Drive, Thunderbolt 3/USB Type C port, 802.11ac WiFi radio chip set with MU-MIMO support and Bluetooth 4…

The “msi summit e14 a11scs 081uk review” is an MSI laptop that has been released in 2018. The laptop features a 15.6-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution, 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage.

MSI Summit E15 Review 2021

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MSI has introduced the Summit range of laptops for discriminating corporate clients that need a distinctive look, strong connectivity, and high performance on the road. The Summit E15 is powered by an Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor processor, a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, 16 GB of RAM, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. The laptop performs well in the test, although it does have a few minor flaws.

Pros

  • excellent craftsmanship
  • a lot of strength
  • Color coverage is excellent on the touch display.
  • input devices that may be used
  • battery life that is above average
  • SSDs are really fast.
  • 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6
  • simple to keep up with
  • Additional SSDs may be added in the future.
  • speakers who are well-coordinated

Cons

  • display that reflects (touch version)
  • There is no SD card reader.
  • When gaming, it becomes really heated.
  • During the stress test / gaming, throttling is used.

The MSI Summit E15 comes in two models, each with its own built-in memory and display. MSI offered us with the Full HD version for the test, which included a glossy touch panel with 100% sRGB color gamut coverage and 16 GB of RAM. MSI now provides a business laptop with a matte 4K UHD display and 100 percent AdobeRGB color space coverage, as well as 32 GB RAM, for graphic designers and photographers. The second version is significantly lighter, weighing 1.65 kg instead of 1.79 kg, and costs $1,799.

MSI Summit E15 A11SCST-056 technical data

Display 15.6-inch, 16:9 IPS, 100% RGB 60 Hz, glossy, touch display
resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels is a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD)
processor Intel Core i7-1185G7
graphic GeForce GTX 1650 Ti from Nvidia
memory with random access DDR4 3200 MHz 16 GB
hard disk NVMe Gen4 SSD with 1 TB capacity
Connectivity 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax WLAN 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (WiFi 6) Bluetooth version 5.1
connections Thunderbolt 4 2x USB-C 2 USB-A 3.2 Gen2 ports 1 HDMI cable 1x jack connector (combination) MicroSD card reader (one)
pack of batteries 82 Wh lithium-polymer battery The power supply unit is 90 watts.
Devices for input Touchpad touchscreen lighted keyboard
Sound 2.0 speaker system
camera Webcam with 720p resolution
system of operation Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating
Dimensions Dimensions: 35.7 x 23.4 x 1.7 cm (W x D x H)
weight 1.79 kg
price $1,799

The MSI Summit E15 comes in a plain, black package. The box only comprises the 90-watt power supply with a USB-C connector, which is used to charge the laptop through the Thunderbolt 4 interface, in addition to the notebook and some papers. It’s a pity that, despite MSI’s efforts to reduce the use of plastic in its notebook and accessory packaging, the holder shell in the box is still made of plastic rather than cardboard.

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The success of a business package is dependent on the attention to detail.

The MSI Summit E15 has a simple, business-like look when closed. MSI is still a Taiwanese company, as seen by the gold MSI emblem on the lid and the Summit text on the back. The Summit E15 is clearly geared for extroverted businesspeople, as seen by the prominent golden touchpad border.

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The display has a sleek and seamless look thanks to the reflecting glass surface that extends all the way to the edge. The small frames work nicely with the 720p camera on the top left, which can also be used to log in using Windows Hello. The underlying carbon-look plastic coating, on the other hand, seems out of place.

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The keyboard is tucked away in a recess and, owing to its white border, stands out from the rest of the panel. It includes four phases of consistent illumination that may be adjusted. Cool: When you turn off the speaker or the microphone, for example, a single LED illuminates on the keyboard.

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Apart from a tiny region underneath the display, the MSI Summit E15 has a sturdy metal shell that gives the laptop a premium feel while also being fingerprint-prone.

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The craftsmanship is impeccable. There are no sharp edges or gaps, and the panel is almost impossible to damage. You may even open the notepad with only one finger if you so want.

The display hinges are delightfully firm, allowing you to use the Summit E15 with the touch display in a calm way.

With a tiny smear, confident input devices

We arrive to the keyboard, which is not only visually appealing – owing to the white border – but also functional. It also gives the impression of a pleasurable writing experience. Longer paragraphs may be written practically perfectly without a considerable time of practice, even though the key resistance may be higher. But that’s high-level complaining.

In actuality, the multi-touch display is also convincing. Entries are rapidly and properly identified and implemented.

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The touchpad is a little tiny for a 15-inch laptop, at 10.5 x 6.5 cm, but inputs are consistently acknowledged, and the size is small enough to swipe from one end of the screen to the other. On the other hand, even if the integrated keys don’t really strike, typing inputs are recognized with a little rattling noise. The fingerprint reader is built right into the touchpad by MSI.

2x Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6 provide cutting-edge connection.

The MSI Summit E15 is well-positioned in terms of connectivity. With two Thunderbolt 4 connections on the left, you may expect widely accessible connectors that aren’t only for charging your laptop. You may also connect two external 4K monitors, a high-end eGPU, or external storage media with quick transmission rates, such as the Samsung X5 ( test ), thanks to a transmission speed of 40 Gb / s. One port is constantly occupied throughout the charging process since the E15 uses a USB-C charger.

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An HDMI and a combo jack connect the two USB-C ports on the left. The two USB-A ports and a microSD card reader are on the other side, according to MSI. I would have preferred a full-fledged SD card reader instead of the MicroSD model, especially given the variant with 4K UHD display and 100 percent AdobeRGB. Otherwise, there is just one LAN port missing, which may be replaced with an adapter on the TB4 connection on the one hand, but isn’t really needed on a business laptop on the other.

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Furthermore, the Summit E15 is state-of-the-art in terms of wireless networking, with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, and is therefore ideally positioned.

IPS touch display with high color coverage and even illumination

The MSI Summit E15 in our review has a glossy IPS touch display with full HD resolution and a pixel density of 141 PPI. That’s a good level of sharpness for regular usage. The viewing angles are likewise consistent thanks to IPS technology, and there are no color distortions while looking sideways at the display. Because of the 60 Hz refresh rate, it’s hardly unexpected that the Summit E15’s display is designed for work rather than gaming.

Direct sunlight should be avoided while using a reflective display with a brightness of 300 nits.

We used our Spyder5 Elite to measure the display as normal. It has a very excellent contrast of about 1200: 1, high color coverage (72 percent AdobeRGB), and an almost perfect gamma right out of the box. For indoor usage, the maximum brightness of 304.5 nits in the centre of the display is also more than enough. Outside, however, you should hunt for a location to work in the shade, which is also advised due to the shiny surface. The display is fairly uniformly lighted, with a maximum variance of 9%.

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On the other side, the white point, which is set much too chilly at 7200K at maximum brightness, has flaws. With a Delta E of 2.85, the color fidelity is likewise relatively mediocre. At the very least, you may use the appropriate calibration or simply download and activate our calibrated color profile to counteract the latter. The Delta E is improved to a very excellent value of 1.3 as a result of the calibration.

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Overall, the display is excellent for working and can be utilized without difficulty for picture editing. If you are completely reliant on color-critical tasks, however, the version with a 4K UHD display is preferable. Then you’ll have not just extra pixels, but also a color space coverage of 100% AdobeRGB, according to MSI. You’ll have to go without the touch screen, but the version is anti-reflective, making it less vulnerable to light sources from behind you.

Surprisingly few programs come preloaded.

The taskbar of the business laptop is fairly silent, except from the MSI Center for Business & Productivity. Only a few preloaded applications have a legal right to exist on the Summit E15, according to the installed apps. PhotoDirector 10 Essential for MSI, PowerDirector 17 Essential for MSI, Skype, Spotify, and Xing are just a few of them. On the other hand, McAfee or other “antivirus applications” prosper in their absence. The remaining programs may be removed.

You have 871 GB accessible on the SSD out of the box.

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Gaming is possible thanks to the dedicated GTX 1650 Ti.

The MSI Summit E15 is powered by an Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a dedicated GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card. This means you’re well-prepared for every job at work, from Excel to image processing. With the Summit E15, even light video editing is no trouble. If you spend a lot of time editing movies, the model with a 4K UHD display and 32 GB RAM can help you work faster.

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The Intel Core i7-1185G7 with four cores may place itself at the top of the current Intel processors in business laptops in Cinebench, but AMD’s current Ryzen CPUs provide even higher multi-core performance owing to more cores and hence better application performance. Light gaming is available on the Summit E15 thanks to the GTX 1650 Ti. At Full HD, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example, is playable in medium detail. A respectable 144 FPS in Full HD and 103 FPS in WQHD are also reached on average in the CS: GO test.

Even Anno 1800 is not a CPU bottleneck, but if you want a smooth game, dial down the settings since the frame rate drops to roughly 30 FPS with full details. The benchmarks of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in Full HD and maximum graphics settings wrecked the business laptop in each instance, therefore medium details are typically suggested for more current games. In the end, it comes down to a work laptop that can also be used for gaming on occasion.

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The built-in NVMe SSD performs really well in the test, and owing to PCIe 4.0 and extremely fast write and read speeds, it ranks first in our laptop database.

Battery life is above average.

The Summit E15 contains an 82 Wh battery, which is rather huge. In our tests, it ranks among the 15-inch laptops in the upper midrange. It should be sufficient for a working day, depending on the display brightness and workload. In the Nvidia graphics options, you may also increase the battery life by choosing the inbuilt Intel Xe graphics unit as your preferred graphics processor. In graphics-intensive programs, you’ll have less power available.

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When gaming, it’s quiet, but it’s heated.

Of course, we looked at the Summit E15’s temperature and fan control when it was under stress. First, the positive news: even when loaded, the business laptop is quite quiet. High-frequency whistling, which we’ve noticed a lot in laptop testing, is also absent. Excessively high temperatures cause no concerns in regular living or with routine commercial operations. The Summit E15 became hot in the stress test, reaching 90 degrees Celsius (CPU) and 64 degrees Celsius (GPU), but the temperatures were still tolerable.

However, you must be prepared for intense heat while playing. During a session of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the CPU reached a temperature of 94 degrees Celsius, and there was a minor permanent throttling. The graphics card reached a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius. Here, too, it’s evident that the Summit E15 is a professional notebook rather than a gaming laptop.

The heat is easily transmitted to the surface of the business notebook due to its aluminum shell. As a consequence, under heavy load, you should no longer touch the E15 above the keyboard or on the bottom. If you want to play a longer round, make sure the notebook isn’t on your lap and that it’s sufficiently ventilated.

It’s simple to upgrade.

There are exceptions to the rule that slim business notebooks aren’t generally recognized for their durability. After releasing the seven Phillips screws on the Summit E15’s underbelly, it may be readily removed without a chip card. The exchangeable battery, two memory bars, the NVMe SSD, and the WiFi module are all accessible from the inside. Very good: There is also a spare M.2 slot for RAM expansion.

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With three heat pipes and two modest fans, it’s easy to see why the laptop generates a lot of heat during gaming and can’t disperse it fast enough. It is not, however, a gaming laptop, and a robust cooling system necessitates an increasing amount of weight and space.

Surprisingly nice sound without a label

At the Summit E15, MSI does not use famous names. As a result, you’ll be looking for an audio label on the interior in vain. Despite this, the stereo speakers might win points for clarity and synchronization. The treble does not shriek at maximum power, as it does with the majority of laptops, but the notebook does not get extremely loud either. The speakers are ideal for watching YouTube videos, watching movies, and listening to music.

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Review of MSI Summit E15 for 2021

With the new Summit series, MSI is off to a terrific start. The E15 impresses with excellent craftsmanship, a high level of speed, the most up-to-date connectors, including 2x Thunderbolt 4, user input devices, and software that is surprisingly clean. Also positive: The business laptop is simple to open and maintain, and owing to the extra free M.2 slot, you can quickly upgrade the extremely fast PCIe 4.0 RAM.

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The display may also be praised for its excellent color reproduction, even lighting, and great contrast. Only the white point and color fidelity must be tuned ex-works, however the latter may be accomplished rapidly with a calibration. If you require more pixels and higher color coverage for color-critical tasks, the 4K UHD monitor with 100 percent AdobeRGB color space coverage is an option. It’s also anti-glare and boasts 32 GB of RAM. This is ideal for graphic artists and photographers who would prefer a full-featured SD card reader over a MicroSD card reader.

The Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card provide excellent performance. Even casual gaming in the form of GS: GO or playing AAA games with lower details is doable with this combo. Only the latest Ryzen CPUs with up to eight cores now provide more multi-core performance for apps.

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So, where is the most serious flaw? Due to the cooling system built for corporate use, the Summit E15 struggles with excessive temperatures while gaming. On the one hand, this causes little throttling; on the other hand, the casing becomes quite hot. The laptop, on the other hand, is refreshingly silent. You shouldn’t have any difficulties with overly high temperatures if you use the laptop mostly for ordinary work.

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You can’t go wrong with the notebook if you appreciate the Summit E15’s very unusual business look. The series also has a proud entry-level pricing of $1,799 *.

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