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MSI Summit E14 / Modern MD241P Pro Testers: it’s time to take stock!

In partnership with MSI, the team offers three of its readers to test the MSI Summit E14 laptop PC (1,999 euros including tax) and the 24-inch Full HD screen MSI Modern MD241P (219 euros including tax). The brand provides the screens to the participants while the team takes care of selecting the readers, defining a “practical” test protocol, sending the products to the testers, gathering their opinions and publishing several articles making the summary of feedback from participants. In this last article, our three Pro Testers take stock of the weeks spent daily evaluating the Summit E14 ultraportable and the Modern MD241P monitor in their respective work environment.

Mickaël Contie is an IT hotline technician at the Brive La gaillarde hospital center

The Brive hospital center is a public hospital center located in Brive-la-Gaillarde, in the Corrèze department. It is the first health establishment in Corrèze and the second health center in Limousin. All care benefits from the skills of 235 doctors and interns, as well as those of 2,051 hospital staff.

After these few weeks of testing, it’s time to take stock. Did the Summit E14 ultraportable and the Modern MD241P display meet my expectations? The answer is yes, for several reasons. I was able to put them in competition with products from our own IT park. Regarding the Summit E14, there is no picture. It wins the challenge hands down thanks in particular to its delicacy and lightness which allow it to be transported more easily. The borderless style of the screen also makes it more pleasant to watch. The fact that the ultraportable’s screen is tactile was greatly appreciated by my colleagues and I. We were able to move to another stage in terms of sharing during our meetings. On the security side, Windows Hello is a big plus for travel. During my work sessions, I did not notice any slowdown for office automation or the use of CAD software whether or not it was plugged into the mains.

On the other hand, the screen fulfills its functions correctly: charging the laptop, display and speaker. Compared to its competitors which use a software solution to filter blue light, the MD241P has the advantage of doing so naturally through the treatment of the panel. Result, the final rendering is better. On the supply side, I would advise MSI to provide a USB-C to RJ45 / HDMI / USB hub in addition. Initially, the absence of this type of connection caused me some difficulties. Overall, I am very satisfied with the products offered by MSI. The configuration of this small machine coupled with the display quality of the screen is suitable for both professional and personal use.

Jérôme Costeplane, is director of the Théâtre de Chartres

The Théâtre de Chartres, a conventioned stage of national art and creation interest, offers a varied and high-quality program. It includes around fifty shows each season, ranging from jazz or classical concerts, through classical or contemporary theater, different styles of dance, humor and shows for young audiences. It is one of the major players in co-production with artists from the Center Val de Loire region.

As with shows, the critic’s exercise must be objective and consider the whole proposition. In my opinion, there is a real imbalance between the ultraportable Summit E14 and the Modern MD241P screen that comes with it. In all my uses, the laptop PC has hardly ever disappointed me. Its only small weaknesses lie in the surface of its shell sensitive to fingerprints, and its connection a little light, but ultimately not very annoying on the move. It is important to remember its high manufacturing quality, its excellent technical capacities (processor, graphics card, etc.) and its high-flying screen. In the context of a sedentary use, the partition slips, because the duo of laptop PC / screen does not bring the added value so hoped for.

I regret the absence of a support with more connectors and a cable gland that would have allowed integration into an elegant whole (this is the positioning of the Summit E14). Personally, I would have liked a screen with the same finishing qualities as the Summit E14, as well as a better sound system. In my opinion, the screen is not up to the ultraportable in terms of design. In conclusion, I enjoyed the Summit E14 which could even have been perfect with a detachable screen. It could perfectly integrate my computer park, but this is not the case for the screen which remains dispensable.

Guillaume Marques, Managing Director Dom’Azur Transports

Transports Dom’Azur, is an Auvergne transport company, with an agency in the Paris region and one in the PACA region, specializing in exceptional convoys. It intervenes for all types of transport, transfers and trips.

After a few weeks of use, I find that the MSI Summit E14 constitutes an almost perfect laptop, design, sober, and powerful (even if it is a little noisy at full power). Since the start of this test, I have never managed to take it failing. It is well thought out and very pleasant to use from day to day with its ultra-quiet keyboard and its dedicated function keys. Autonomy is largely sufficient for a nomadic worker who can go from meeting to appointment without being limited by compulsory recharging. It takes almost a whole day of work. It is also flawless for the duo he forms with the screen, whether for the office or teleworking. I may regret the 16: 9 aspect ratio of the screen which takes away the work surface compared to an ultra-wide. Other than that, it’s a monitor that is simply excellent in its class.

Its matte finish gives it perfect readability, while the definition, color rendering and USB-C connectivity are at the top! It is a pity, however, that a charger is necessarily required, and that the power is not supplied sufficiently by the USB-C port of the display. Although the ultraportable’s touch screen is effective, the fact that the hinge does not allow it to be used in tablet mode limits its use. The “flat” mode with the screen flip is still practical, without being a must. The MSI Summit E14 and its display form a good package for everyday work.

to summarize

Overall, the device duo from MSI convinced our readers. It’s a real festival of praise for the ultraportable Summit E14 which ticks all the boxes whether for its build quality, design, weight, performance or even its autonomy. Guillaume evokes an almost perfect laptop PC, while Mickaël explains that there is “no picture” between the Summit E14 and its competitors. Jérôme, who for his part fell in love with this product, made a point of recalling its high quality of manufacture and its excellent technical capabilities. Two of our three participants are also very satisfied with the quality of the Modern MD241P screen that accompanies the ultraportable. Mickaël and Guillaume agree that the two products form a very good duo for everyday office work. Only Jérôme believes that the finish of the screen is not up to that of the ultraportable and particularly regrets the absence of a cable gland. Apart from these few areas for improvement, the results of our three testers on the ultraportable MSI Summit E14 and the Modern MD241P screen are generally very positive.

An operation in partnership with MSI

MSI and are partners for this “Pro Testers” event. MSI supplies the laptops as well as the monitors to the participants. These are the MSI Summit E14 ultraportable and the MSI Modern MD241P 24-inch monitor. For its part, the team is responsible for choosing the participants, defining a “practical” test protocol, gathering their opinions and publishing several articles summarizing the feedback from readers with these products.

Technical characteristics of the ultrabook model tested (reference MSI Summit E14):

  • Processor: 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1185G7 Quad-Core (3 GHz)
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • Storage: SSD + SD card reader
  • Display: 14 ” Full HD IPS touchscreen
  • Graphics chip: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  • Autonomy announced: 10 hours (52 Wh battery)
  • Connectivity: 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports and USB 4.0 Type-C
  • Network: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Gigabit Ethernet
  • Format: 15.9 mm thick for a weight of 1.34 kg

Technical characteristics of the monitor model tested (reference MSI Modern MD241P):

  • Screen size: 23.8 ”
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Ratio 16: 9
  • Brightness (nits): 250 cd / m2
  • Contrast: 1000: 1
  • Refreshment: 75 Hz
  • Response time: 5 ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178 ° (H) / 178 ° (V)
  • Color display: 16.7 million
  • Panel treatments: anti-reflective
  • Connections: 1 x HDMI (1.4) / 1 x USB Type-C (DisplayPortAlt mode) / 1 x audio output
  • Speakers: 2 x 1 W
  • Dimensions / weight: (W x D x H) 541 x 200 x 380 mm / 4.7 kg

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