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MSI Prestige 14 A10SC Review: Lightweight Complete Package

MSI Prestige 14

This is the MSI Prestige 14. In this day of age, we carry on multiple career roles in our daily lives. You’re a business person during a day, a content creator in the evening, and a gamer at night. The laptop you carry with you has to keep up with your style of living, and the MSI Prestige 14 does just that.

MSI Prestige 14 – Specifications

MSI Prestige 14
SpecsMSI Prestige 14 – A10SC
CPU10th Generation Intel Core i7-10710U – 6 Cores/12 thread
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 4GB GDDR5
RAM16GB LPDDR3
Storage1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Display14-inch 4K UHD 60Hz refresh rate
100% AdobeRGB, True Pixel, Delta E<2
Battery52Whr
Thinness15.9mm
Weight1.29KG
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Design

MSI Prestige 14

Holding the laptop in my hand, I immediately felt how smooth it was because of its sandblasted textured aluminium body finish. It doesn’t have all that “gamer” design cues, and goes for a more minimalist approach with the MSI Workstation logo etched at the corner.

I actually prefer that in today’s laptops. You don’t have to have aggressive looking designs just because it’s a gaming or creator’s machine. In fact, having immense raw power under a simplistic body makes for a more attractive laptop. Even the chamfered blue accents on the edges make it look even more premium.

Display

MSI Prestige 14

The display of the MSI Prestige 14 really packs a punch with the 4K panel, and on top of that, it’s colour accurate with True Colour technology with 100% AdobeRGB. Seeing as how this isn’t developed as a gaming machine (although it can), it’s alright that the display only has a 60Hz refresh rate.

Seeing how the device is so small, MSI managed to squeeze in a 14-inch display into a 13-inch laptop chassis. That gives it almost 90% screen-to-body ratio, which looks really immersive when I’m watching videos. When it comes to design work, the display looks great and the fact that it’s a matte display reduces the glare even when used under direct sunlight.

MSI Prestige 14

Not only that, it’s a great laptop for business meetings as well because I could easily just flatten the laptop down to 180-degrees to show my clients my screen. All I needed to do is extend the screen all the way, and press F12 to flip the screen. Though I would’ve prefer that the feature be automatic rather than having to press the F12 key.

User Experience

MSI Prestige 14

The laptop is excellent when it comes to daily meetings and also design work. Its weight ratio is balanced so I could easily open up the laptop with just one finger. Connectivity ports wise, it has two USB Type-C Thunderbolt ports, along with two USB Type-A ports, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. The amount of ports there is lets me connect to practically anything I want, from my external SSD to my speakers and earphones.

But, what I would’ve like is a full-sized SD card reader instead of a microSD one. So, if you’re a content creator and you use a lot of SD cards, you might need to switch over to microSDs. But if you’re already using microSD cards, then the Prestige 14 would be perfect for you.

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MSI Prestige 14

The laptop’s keyboard has a 1.5mm keystroke travel distance, which is great, but it didn’t feel as responsive as I would like it to be. The elevation on the other hand is just right, but there is a noticeable flex on the keyboard deck.

MSI Prestige 14

The trackpad has a wide glass surface complete with a fingerprint sensor that works with Windows Hello. It’s smooth and really nice to use, and the fingerprint sensor is just a great bonus to have.

The laptop does get a bit loud when the fans start to kick in. It seems like the fans alone isn’t enough to keep the laptop cool without being throttled. Even the keyboard and palm area gets quite warm during intensive tasks like when I’m running Photoshop or Premiere Pro.

Performance

MSI Prestige 14

The laptop comes equipped with Intel’s latest 10th generation Core i7-10710U processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX1650 Max-Q design. You’re getting 6 cores 12 threads of performance, with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM for graphic demanding software. It could handle light content editing and gaming easily while on “High Performance” setting set in MSI’s Content Creator software.

Here are some of the synthetic tests we’ve run on the MSI Prestige 14:

3DMark

PCMark 10

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FFXIV: Shadowbringers

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Cinebench R20

Battery

MSI Prestige 14

Streaming a 4K video at 100% brightness, it took the MSI Prestige 14’s 52Whr battery about 5 hours 10 minutes to deplete the battery from 100% to shutdown. On daily use with business meetings and some light Photoshop edits, I could get about 7 hours and 23 minutes of use, and that’s actually not bad.

Charging the laptop is a sinch because it supports USB Type-C fast charging. The charging adapter itself is small, and really portable whenever I head out for meetings or presentations.

Conclusion

MSI Prestige 14

The MSI Prestige 14 is a premium laptop that’s ultraportable, yet has decent performance. It even passed the military standard MIL-STD-810G tests to endure it from everyday or accidental wear and tear – sand, dust, vibration, shock, pressure, and temperature. There’s even a pink edition to cater to girls, or guys if pink’s your color!

It even offers a wide array of ports for you to connect to the multiple devices you have, and the specs you’re getting is sufficient for daily tasks as well as light editing or gaming. But if you need that extra kick of power, you might want to go for the larger and beefier Prestige 15 for more intensive workloads.

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Chief Content Developer at The AXO

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