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MSI unveils Prestige series laptops: performance meets business features

MicroStar International on Wednesday introduced its new family of mobile computers that was designed to wed performance, quality and relative portability necessary for road warriors.

Modern notebooks have rather strict positioning: there are ultra-thin business laptops with limited performance, there are extremely advanced gaming or workstations notebooks with limited transportability and there are loads of mainstream PCs in between that provide neither high performance nor acceptable mobility. The MSI Prestige notebook series promises to change that.

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Designed with “business elites and professionals” in mind, the MSI Prestige laptops are based on quad-core Intel Core i7 processors (with up to 47W thermal design power) microprocessors and feature discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M or GTX 960M graphics adapters. To cater business users, MSI’s Presige notebooks come with 15.6” (1920*1080 or 3840*2160) or 17.3” (1920*1080) displays with anti-glare coating, something, which is important for those, who works with texts or spreadsheets a lot. MSI also claims that its display panels feature “close to 100 per cent sRGB” colour reproduction.

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The notebooks can be equipped with up to 16GB of DDR3L memory, an M.2 SSD and one 2.5” HDD as well as a Blu-ray disc writer. All MSI Prestige mobile PCs feature Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Secure Digital card deader, four speakers with subwoofer as well as a microphone. Just like MSI Gaming series laptops, the Prestige family of laptops comes with advanced Nahimic Audio software enhancements.

MSI’s Prestige laptops feature silky silver metallic exterior design and the white light backlit keyboard in the interior.

The MSI PE60 laptop with 15.6” display weighs 2.3Kg, whereas the MSI PE70 notebook with 17.3” screen weighs 2.6Kg. Prices are unknown and depend on exact configuration.

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KitGuru Says: The MSI Prestige laptops are neither thin, nor light. Still the weight of the PE60 and the PE70 is comparable to mainstream business laptops from a decade ago. In fact, a quad-core CPU, a gaming-grade graphics adapter, 16GB of memory, an SSD and a 1TB HDD as well as a 4K display in a 2.3Kg package look rather impressive. Still, given the positioning of the PCs, it makes a great sense to offer Nvidia Quadro graphics optionally. Make sure to visit KitGuru for a fully-fledged review of one of MSI’s Prestige laptops in the coming weeks.

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