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MSI Prestige 14 Review 2020 – The Portable Powerhouse!

The MSI PRESTIGE 14 REVIEW. Sometimes there are some products for which i get super excited about the moment they get announced.

Because we understand what the company was trying to go for and it’s something that I would actually want to use personally.

So, this is the MSI prestige 14 from MSI and it’s this thin and light reasonably powerful gaming and content creation device that is special because of its size.

 It’s thin, it’s light it also has a 14 inch screen instead of the traditional 15 inch screen that we see in a lot of more powerful gaming laptops.

So, this is similar in design idea to something like the razor blade Stealth.

This is the 13 inch razor blade itself it’s new one it’s running some powerful Hardware in there.

but, this is the smallest in the world. They think it’s like a $1,800 device the razor blade stealth. 

This prestige 14 one is a lot cheaper. but, this is a significantly less expensive version of the razor blade stealth and it’s good.

I think a lot of people will like it but it’s not perfect and if you had really high expectations of what this fortunate device could deliver you might be disappointed.

So, I’m gonna talk about the design and build first.

MSI Prestige 14 Specs

  • CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.0GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce MX150
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)
  • Screen: 14-inch, 1080p (1,920 x 1,080, IPS, non-touch display
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C 3.1, headset jack
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: HD (720p, 0.9MP) webcam
  • Weight: 1.19kg
  • Size: 322 x 222 x 15.9 mm (W x D x H)

MSI Prestige 14 Build and Looks

This MSI prestige 14 is a fully aluminum device it has pretty good build quality

It’s really good for an MSI device.

msi prestige 14

but, it doesn’t feel as sturdy like if you compare the bottom panel in particular. There’s just a little more flex to it.

It does really seem like they used a thinner metal on this bottom panel compared to other devices.

But, overall I’m happy with the build quality!

Ports and Connectivity

msi prestige 14 ports

In terms of ports MSI PRESTIGE 14 has two USB-A and two USB-C both of which support Thunderbolt 3 and there’s also a micro SD card slot.

It uses USB C to charge and the AC adapter is 90 watts.

Its always nice to see a USB C charge device that has a dedicated GeForce GPU as well as a pretty powerful CPU. 

Keyboard and Trackpad

keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard and trackpad its kind of like your standard MSI LAPTOPS layout very comfortable keyboard and very easy to get used too.

The one thing I would say isn’t perfect about this keyboard is that the keys don’t spring up super fast.

I feel like they’re not as responsive as I’d like. But, I think a lot of people are really gonna like this keyboard the moment they use.

The MSI PRESTIGE 14’s trackpad is pretty big.  It’s got a glass surface and fingerprint sensor on the top left.

MSI Prestige 14 Display

msi prestige 14 display

 The screen on this MSI device has two options there’s a 1080P version as well as a 4k panel.

The review unit we have is running on 4k screen.

This is a really nice screen it’s bright and color accurate and if your video or photo editing I think you will like the 4k panel more.

Performance and Heat

 Let’s talk about performance.

This Msi prestige 14 is running a gtx 1650 max q as well as a 6 core Intel processor which is the 10th gen latest processor.

Because it’s a fortune H device you have less room in here to handle the heat that this thing puts out.

It has a single fan to cool a decent GPU as well as the 6 core CPU.

It’s running through heat pipes to connect everything together and at stock settings the MSI PRESTIGE 14 can get hot on depending what you do.

It can throttle and even if you crank the fan to the maximum setting it gets loud.

msi prestige 14 performance

It can be tough for the system to keep up with what you’re doing. But, the thing is it’s really close to being able to handle it.

So, what I did was I undervolt to the CPU then undergo to the GPU and I set it to a lower clock and once you do that the gaming performance on this system is very good.

To get steady frame rates and the machine becomes a solid performer for games.

But, this laptop was originally marketed as the creators laptops or if you’re into photo or video editing this could be a good fit.

But, no matter what I tweaked on this thing no matter how kind of manipulated the voltages and stuff on this MSI PRESTIGE 14 laptop.

 I could never get it to perform as nicely as I wanted in Adobe Premiere playback performance was good.

But, when it came to render time there was just a clear deficiency in thermal performance.

This system can handle the CPU going full-tilt or the GPU going full-tilt not together.

When you run them together it’s just overheats and that is what video editing is.

It’s using both components pretty aggressively

Msi Prestige 14 pros

  • Discrete Nvidia graphics
  • Great selection of ports

Msi Prestige 14 cons

  • Small trackpad
  • webcam position

Conclusion

Here’s the thing because it’s a 14 inch device and it’s kind of like the only thin and light six core device on the market right now that has this kind of setup.

It’s hard for me to compare this to anything else when you compare it to a 15-inch gaming device it’s not as good.

But, I don’t think that it is a fair comparison. 

razor blade

It’s just that I wanted it to be comparable.

I wanted to replace my 15 inch razor blade with this a smaller thinner lighter cheaper 14 inch device. So, there is a brother to this or a twin or another variant of this with a 15-inch screen.

It’s like the Msi prestige 15 and that is going to have better thermals that has two fans. But, I was less interested in that thing.

because I mean it’s similar in size to other 15-inch devices. It’s lighter but, I wanted to see if this fortunate thing could work.

The components here are great and it is a significantly more portable device than a 15-inch gaming laptop.

But, if you get this if you do want to invest in this smaller form factor understand that you do need to run under both the CPU and potentially.

The GPU to maximize the performance of this device. The MSI prestige 14 is not for everyone.

So, if you’re not technically inclined then I suggest probably skip the MSI PRESTIGE 14 and stick with the bigger version.

 But, if you are interested in the MSI PRESTIGE 14 and you’re willing to tweak around settings.

You have to be also willing to eat like a 15 percent performance reduction compared to the bigger device.

Just because of how much smaller the cooling system is on the 14-inch MSI PRESTIGE.

Things that I don’t like about this machine!

 I feel like I should mention it first are the ports it’s got a decent port selection but the devices don’t insert that deep into the ports.

There’s a little bit of play on the cables not that there’s any disk connections or anything.

but, I would have loved to see a snug fit on those cables like on most other laptops.

Another thing is the battery life on this machine is short.

I’m only getting around six and a half seven hours of battery life which is significantly less than the bigger 15-inch version.

But, those are the only real concerns I have about the MSI prestige 14.

  It’s a good device just don’t hype yourself up like I did and think that this can replace a 15-inch gaming laptop.

Because it can’t okay hope you guys enjoyed this MSI PRESTIGE 14 REVIEW.

This was our review of the msi prestige 14.Tell us what you think about this laptop in comment section below.

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