MSI Summit E14 Flip evaluate: Pace, battery life maintain it again

MSI Summit E14 Flip

MSRP $1,800.00

“The MSI Summit E14 Flip lacks the efficiency and battery life that rivals excel in.”

Execs

  • Quick multi-core speeds in efficiency mode
  • Glorious IPS show
  • Superb keyboard
  • Stable port choice

Cons

  • Inconsistent efficiency
  • Under-average battery life
  • Touchpad buttons are harsh

MSI is finest identified for its gaming laptops, however it has a line of sharp mainstream laptops as effectively. The Summit E14 Flip is one in all the most recent members of that lineup, and it’s a convertible 2-in-1 sporting Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPU and all the most recent parts that include it. Nonetheless, the 14-inch laptop computer is a deep class of machines recently, and MSI goes up towards a number of wonderful rivals.

I reviewed the high-end, $1,800 configuration of the Summit E14 Flip with a Core i7-1260P and a 16:10 14-inch 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) IPS show. I discovered it a combined bag with erratic efficiency, below-average battery life, and a subpar touchpad. The Summit E14 Flip isn’t amongst the most effective 14-inch laptops you possibly can purchase at the moment.

Design

MSI Summit E14 Flip top rear view showing lid and part of keyboard deck.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

MSI makes a number of the Golden Ratio in discussing its mainstream laptop computer designs, and apparently, the 16:10 show side ratio matches the mathematics completely. I don’t see it as something distinctive to the Summit E14 Flip, although, which is a nondescript darkish black colour all through with zero bling. The rear edge is properly angled, however in any other case, it’s one other minimalist design that appears to be well-liked recently.

Some earlier MSI machines, reminiscent of the Summit E13 Flip and the Summit E16 Flip, jogged my memory of HP’s Spectre line with some rose gold accents and related angles, however the Summit E14 Flip doesn’t share these traits. The Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 is an instance of a 14-inch convertible 2-in-1 with a way more beautiful aesthetic, because of rounded edges and even handed use of chrome accents. Having stated all that, I nonetheless discover the Summit E14 Flip to be a sexy laptop computer that may match properly into skilled environments.

Because of its small bezels, the Summit E14 Flip is properly sized.

The Summit E14 Flip is constructed of aluminum, and it demonstrated only a little bit of bending within the lid and flexing within the keyboard deck throughout my testing. The Yoga 9i Gen 7 was extra stable, as was the HP Spectre x360 14. The Summit E14 Flip’s hinge permits opening the lid with one hand, and but, it holds the show in place in all 4 modes, clamshell, tent, media, and pill.

Because of its small bezels, the Summit E14 Flip is properly sized — virtually precisely as extensive and deep because the Yoga 9i Gen 7. It’s a bit thicker at 0.70 inches versus 0.60 inches and heavier at 3.53 kilos versus 3.09 kilos. You’ll discover the additional weight, however the Summit E14 Flip isn’t overly heavy for a 14-inch 2-in-1.

MSI Summit E14 Flip left side view showing ports.

MSI Summit E14 Flip right side view showing ports.

Connectivity is a power, with a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 help, a full-size HDMI port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. Wi-fi connectivity contains the most recent requirements, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2.

Efficiency

MSI Summit E14 Flip tablet mode using the keyboard as a stand.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The Summit E14 Flip is the fourth laptop computer we’ve reviewed with Intel’s Twelfth-gen Core i7-1260P, a 12-core (4 Efficiency, eight Environment friendly), 16-thread CPU operating at 28 watts. We’ve seen related efficiency from these laptops, however the Summit E14 Flip stands out for a few causes. First, its efficiency utility was aggressive at distinguishing between balanced and efficiency modes, and I’ve included each leads to the desk beneath. Second, its single-core efficiency in Geekbench 5 and Cinebench R23 (in efficiency mode) was beneath that of the opposite Core i7-1260P laptops.

Wanting extra particularly on the benchmarks, we see the MSI coming in behind the opposite Twelfth-gen machines in Geekbench 5 in balanced mode however taking first place in efficiency mode. Our Handbrake take a look at that encodes a 420MB video as H.265 was much more impacted, with the Summit E14 Flip coming in second-to-last amongst the complete comparability group with a really sluggish rating of 152 seconds in balanced mode however once more taking the lead at a speedy 94 seconds in efficiency mode. Cinebench R23 additionally confirmed an enormous enchancment in multi-core efficiency when switching modes. Word that each one the Core i7-1260P laptops demonstrated a big distinction between their balanced and efficiency settings.

Its efficiency makes the Summit E14 Flip one thing of an enigma.

Solely the PCMark 10 Full benchmark, which exams a wide range of productiveness, multimedia, and creativity duties, wasn’t affected a lot by switching modes. On this benchmark, the Summit E14 Flip was second-slowest; it scored 5,154 in efficiency mode.

That makes the Summit E14 Flip one thing of an enigma. Its multi-core scores jumped considerably in efficiency mode, however its single-core scores remained low, and it didn’t try this effectively in PCMark 10 Full. None of which means that it’s a sluggish laptop computer. It’s nonetheless quick sufficient for demanding productiveness workflows even in balanced mode, and turning on efficiency mode offers it sufficient energy to deal with some artistic duties. Maybe a firmware or different subject is holding again single-core efficiency that MSI can deal with.

The factor in regards to the Summit E14 Flip’s efficiency mode is that the followers spun means up and had been fairly loud. It wasn’t gaming laptop computer loud, however it was sufficient to be distracting. At the identical time, the laptop computer was virtually fully silent in balanced mode, demonstrating how aggressively MSI tuned the machine to keep away from fan noise. The laptop computer would profit from a rather louder balanced mode that didn’t compromise as a lot on efficiency. CPU temperatures remained surprisingly low in balanced mode as effectively, hitting a most of 71 levels C when operating Cinebench R23. The CPU temperatures had been a lot increased in efficiency mode, going as much as 97 levels C and inflicting some throttling.

Geekbench
(single / multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
PCMark 10
Full
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
1,485 / 7,732
Perf: 1,472 / 10,276
152
Perf: 94
1,536 / 6,793
Perf: 1,536 / 9,124
4,910
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,717 / 9,231
Perf: 1,712 / 10,241
130
Perf: 101
1,626 / 7,210
Perf: 1,723 / 8,979
5,760
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
1,682 / 9,035
Perf: 1,686 / 9,479
137
Perf: 113
1,524 / 6,314
Perf: 1,663 / 8,396
5,404
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
1,417 / 6,854
Perf: 1,404 / 7,223
112
Perf: 111
1,402 / 8,682
Perf: 1,409 / 8,860
5,647
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
1,373 / 6,080
Perf: 1,373 / 6,943
125
Perf: 112
1,409 / 8,086
Perf: 1,412 / 9,097
5,682
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1,214 / 4,117
Perf: N/A
236
Perf: 189
1,389 / 3,941
Perf: 1,404 / 4,847
4,728

Given the built-in Intel Iris Xe graphics, the Summit E16 Flip’s gaming efficiency was as anticipated. Its 3DMark Time Spy rating was consistent with the opposite Core i7-1260P machines and aggressive with the up to date AMD Radeon graphics within the Ryzen 7 6800U. In Fortnite, the MSI hit 15 frames per second (fps) at 1200p and epic graphics, which elevated to 19 fps in efficiency mode. As common, given the built-in graphics, this isn’t a gaming laptop computer.

3DMark
Time Spy
Fortnite
(1080p Epic)
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
1,740
Perf: 1,959
15 fps
Perf: 19 fps
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,658
Perf: 1,979
12 fps
Perf: N/A
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
1,746
Perf: 1,919
15 fps
Perf: 20 fps
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
2,110
Perf: 2,213
19 fps
Perf: 19 fps
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
1,308
Perf: 1,381
13 fps
Perf: N/A
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1,457
Perf: 1,709
19 fps
Perf: 23 fps

Show and audio

MSI Summit E14 Flip front view showing display.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

MSI affords two show choices with the Summit E14 Flip: 16:10 Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) IPS and 16:10 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) IPS. My evaluate unit geared up the latter, and subjectively, I discovered it vibrant and colourful with out being oversaturated. Blacks appeared deep sufficient for an IPS show, and total, it was a pleasing sufficient show throughout my time with it.

I used my SpyderX colorimeter to check it extra formally, and it carried out effectively. Colours had been extensive at 100% of sRGB, 89% of AdobeRGB, and 99% of DCI-P3, with wonderful accuracy at a DeltaE 1.10 (beneath 1.0 is indistinguishable to the human eye). The distinction was significantly good at 1,320:1 (we wish to see 1,000:1 or higher), and brightness was extraordinarily excessive at 516 nits (300 nits is our baseline). These outcomes are higher than the opposite IPS shows in our comparability group however less than the identical requirements because the OLED shows.

Whereas essentially the most demanding creators would desire a wider AdobeRGB gamut, the Summit’s E14 Flip show is superb for everybody else.

Brightness
(nits)
DistinctionsRGB gamutAdobeRGB gamutAccuracy DeltaE
(decrease is healthier)
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(IPS)
5161,320:1100%89%1.10
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(OLED)
40628,380:1100%95%0.87
LG Gram 6 2-in-1
(IPS)
3231,230:1100%87%2.82
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional
(IPS)
3691,340:1100%80%1.65
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(OLED)
39727,590:1100%96%0.88

Two downward-firing audio system on the underside of the chassis push clear sound with clear mids and highs and the standard lack of bass. Nonetheless, they don’t get very loud; in reality, the Summit E14 Flip was one in all the lowest-volume laptops I’ve reviewed shortly. There’s sufficient sound for watching Netflix or listening to music in a quiet room, however you’ll doubtless wish to use a pair of headphones or exterior Bluetooth audio system.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

MSI Summit E14 Flip top down view showing keyboard, touchpad, and pen.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The Summit E14 Flip has a typical island keyboard with giant keycaps and cozy key spacing. The swap mechanism is gentle however exact, with a responsive click on when bottoming and a fast return. I favored the keyboard and located it snug when penning this evaluate, even though it’s not fairly as much as the requirements of the most effective Home windows laptops, reminiscent of the Dell XPS and HP Spectre traces.

The touchpad is one other story. It’s decently sized and takes up a lot of the accessible area on the palm relaxation, plus it has a easy and responsive floor with Microsoft Precision touchpad help. Its buttons are harsh, although, with an annoying snap when pressed and inconsistent response. I discovered myself urgent the buttons a number of instances to get a response, and it was a irritating expertise total.

The show is touch-enabled, after all, and helps MSI’s lively pen. I discovered inking to be nearly as good as with different aggressive 2-in-1s utilizing the included pen.

The webcam is Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) — a plus — and MSI’s lively noise discount expertise is efficient. Video was clear and detailed, even in low gentle.

Safety and privateness

MSI Summit E14 Flip display view showing webcam.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

There’s an infrared digicam for Home windows 11 Whats up passwordless login through facial recognition, and a fingerprint reader is embedded within the palm relaxation to the touchpad’s proper. Each strategies of logging in had been quick and dependable.

As well as, MSI bundles the Tobii Conscious resolution that gives consumer presence detection for further safety and privateness, energy optimization, digital wellbeing, and a spotlight display navigation. Digital wellbeing gives a operating tally of laptop computer utilization, energy optimization dims the display when the consumer isn’t detected, and a spotlight display navigation permits some restricted on-screen navigation and mouse motion between a number of shows, primarily based on the place the consumer is wanting.

Of extra curiosity are the safety and privateness options, which use a custom-made digital face scan to blur the show when the consumer appears to be like away from the laptop computer and to unblur when the consumer returns their focus to the show. It might probably additionally blur the display when somebody is wanting over the consumer’s shoulder and lock Home windows after a user-determined period of time away. The latter doesn’t mechanically unlock the machine when the consumer returns.

In my testing, these options labored effectively. They’re virtually nearly as good as Lenovo’s model of the identical performance, besides in Lenovo’s case, the laptop computer unlocks when the consumer is again in entrance and authenticated through Home windows 11 Whats up.

Battery life

MSI Summit E14 Flip tablet mode.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

There are 72 watt-hours of battery capability accessible within the Summit E14 Flip — a big quantity for a 14-inch laptop computer with an IPS show. The Core i7-1260P hasn’t proven itself to be a extremely environment friendly CPU, so I wasn’t anticipating miracles from the MSI. Given its cranked-down efficiency in balanced mode, I puzzled if I’d see at the very least aggressive battery life.

What I obtained was disappointing. In our net looking take a look at that cycles by means of some well-liked and complicated web sites, the Summit E14 Flip managed lower than 7.5 hours — behind the opposite Core i7-1260P machines and the Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED with its Ryzen 7 6800U that additionally didn’t try this effectively on this take a look at. In our video take a look at that loops a neighborhood Full HD Avengers trailer, the MSI hit 9 hours precisely, much more disappointing than the online looking outcomes. We should always see nearer to 12 hours or extra on this take a look at.

I additionally ran the PCMark 10 Purposes battery benchmark, which is the most effective predictor of productiveness battery life. The Summit E14 Flip lasted for just below eight hours, which is, once more, lower than I wish to see. Within the PCMark 10 Gaming battery take a look at, the MSI lasted for roughly two hours, which is common and signifies that the machine doesn’t flip down the facility whereas operating on battery.

General, the Summit E14 Flip exhibited lower than common battery life, and it’s questionable whether or not it can final a full working day on a cost.

Internet lookingVideoPCMark 10
Purposes
MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core i7-1260P)
7 hours, 23 minutes9 hours, 0 minutes7 hours, 54 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
9 hours, 10 minutes12 hours, 45 minutes8 hours, 32 minutes
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
11 hours, 31 minutes17 hours, 58 minutes16 hours, 39 minutes
 Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
8 hours, 4 minutes13 hours, 13 minutesN/A
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
10 hours, 6 minutes11 hours, 12 minutes9 hours, 22 minutes

Pricing and configurations

My evaluate unit was the high-end Summit E14, which retails for $1,800 and contains the Core i7-1260P, 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a 1TB PCIe 4.0 solid-state drive (SSD), and the two.8K IPS show.

You possibly can save $100 off that configuration by dropping to 16GB of RAM and $300 by choosing a Core i5-1240P (identical core and thread depend because the i7 however slower clock speeds), 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Two Full HD+ configurations are additionally accessible: $1,350 — for a Core i7-1260P, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD — and $1,250 for a Core i5-1240P with the identical RAM and storage.

Our take

The Summit E14 Flip is a well-configured laptop computer that suffers from inconsistent efficiency and below-average battery life. Its touchpad can be a weak point, whereas its show and keyboard are aggressive.

The issue is that there are such a lot of good 14-inch laptops accessible at the moment, and the Summit E14 Flip is already competing towards a number of wonderful 2-in-1 laptops. It’s a bit costly as effectively, which doesn’t assist, and total, the laptop computer is tough to suggest.

Are there any options?

As of when this evaluate is being written, the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 is the most effective 14-inch convertible 2-in-1 you can purchase. It gives wonderful efficiency, an beautiful aesthetic, a stable construct, and a superior show. It’s additionally a bit inexpensive than the Summit E14 Flip.

The lately introduced HP Spectre x360 13.5 is one other convertible 2-in-1 that guarantees to compete strongly towards the MSI. We haven’t reviewed it but, however it appears to be like to supply a stable mixture of efficiency and effectivity, a chic design, and the identical high quality as the remaining of the Spectre line.

Apple’s MacBook Professional 14 is my advice when you don’t want a 2-in-1. You get the everyday wonderful MacBook construct high quality, Apple’s superfast M1 Professional or M1 Max CPU, and superior battery life. Except you’re dedicated to Home windows 11, the MacBook Professional 14 is a stable, if costly, different.

How lengthy will it final?

The Summit E14 Flip has a stable sufficient construct that it ought to final for years of typical use. It’s additionally stocked with the most recent parts, missing solely Thunderbolt 4 help for the utmost in longevity. The usual one-year guarantee is disappointing, as common.

Must you purchase it?

No. There are just too many different 14-inch laptops that provide extra constant efficiency and higher battery life.

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