Earlier this year, we reviewed the MSI Prestige 14 Evo. And this one is the larger version – the MSI Prestige 15. there are a few more differences rather than just the name change, so let’s get into it.
Okay, back to the name – the MSI Prestige 15 here lacks the “Evo” word in its name because this laptop is not Intel Evo certified. We talked more about the Evo certification in the MSI Prestige 14 Evo review, so watch that at the top right corner if you want to learn more about the Intel Evo platform.
I think one reason that the MSI Prestige 15 A11SB is not certified for Intel Evo is because of the inclusion of an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU working alongside the Intel core i5-1135G7 and 512GB SSD. Unfortunately, this laptop is only packed with 8GB RAM and that’s quite a bummer, honestly.
In terms of performance – yea, it’s rather powerful. It can handle office work no problem – of course – and also manages to deal with other things like photo or simple video editing really well.
And that MX450 means that we can literally play some not-so-graphically-intensive games too. Surprisingly, I tested Biomutant on this laptop at nearly the max graphics and it works great.
Looking back at the laptop as a whole, its construction is pretty much identical to the MSI Prestige 14 Evo. Same materials, same shape, same design language, but with a different color.
Opening the lid reveals a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen which looks nice and I have no complaints about the screen here.
The keyboard is also the same as the Prestige 14 Evo. Just like what we mentioned in that review, this keyboard definitely needs some time to get used to since it has an extra column of keys on the far right side of the keyboard.
I’d also like to add that the key travel distance is not really something I personally prefer, but your mileage may vary.
Then the trackpad. I definitely don’t like how this trackpad. It’s the same ultrawide trackpad found in many other MSI laptops and honestly speaking, I have issues with the trackpad because of its spotty palm rejection. Sure, a larger trackpad is always better – but having a trackpad that hinders my user experience is not good.
There are lots of space at the top and bottom of the trackpad – maybe make use of those space and shrink the width of the trackpad?
And MSI also fixed up their selection of ports on the Prestige 15. We have double Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side, a full-size HDMI, and a combo audio jack.
At the right side, we have a microSD card reader – better than nothing I suppose – then two more USB-A ports that go up to 10Gb/s in transfer speed.
Thank you, MSI for still including so many USB-A ports.
As for the battery life, this laptop is rather amazing. It has an 82Wh battery.
I did my usual heavy Google Chrome browsing with some Spotify involved and it can go up to 10 hours battery while on balanced performance mode. Realistically, I’m getting about 8 to 9 hours easily.
And finally the price – this laptop retails for RM3,999 and I think that’s actually a good price for this laptop. For all that it has to offer and what it can do, that’s a really good and reasonable price to pay for.
Just make sure you get a total of 16GB RAM though.