MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX Laptop Review – Thin and Powerful

The MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX is powered by the latest generation Intel Core i7 11th Gen Tigerlake G7 Processor powered by GTX 1650 MaxQ 4GB Graphics, specifically for Content Creators and Coders at large!

We are in the second year of the Coronavirus pandemic, and lockdowns are becoming a way of life. Most professionals are getting their job done at home only due to the “Work from Home” working models adopted by all the offices nowadays. Professionals include coders, content creators, video editors, and as well as graphic and sound designers. So the demand for high-end pro-level laptops has risen considerably in recent times. MSI took this into notice and released the MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX early this year. This MSI Prestige 15 11th Gen Laptop is targeted mainly towards the Content Creators and Coders who want a high-performance-oriented laptop within a thin and lightweight form factor with all the latest generation hardware and software optimized and preinstalled. This MSI Prestige 15 2021 variant can be used for business purposes as well.

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So let us review the all-new Prestige 15 A11SCX Laptop from the people over at MSI.

Specifications

CPUUp to 11th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 U-Processor
OSWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro (MSI recommends Windows 10 Pro for business.)
I/O PORTS2x Type-C (USB4 / DP / Thunderbolt™4) with PD charging
2x Type-A USB3.2 Gen2
1x Micro SD
1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
DISPLAY15.6″ FHD (1920×1080), IPS-Level
15.6″ UHD (3840×2160), IPS-Level
GRAPHICSNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 With Max-Q Design, 4GB GDDR6
MEMORYUp to DDR4-3200 Memory Type
2 Slots Number of SO-DIMM Slot
Max 64GB Max Capacity
STORAGE CAPABILITY1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)
1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen4)
WEBCAMIR HD type (30fps@720p)
KEYBOARDBacklight Keyboard (Single-Color, White)
COMMUNICATION802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth v5.1
AUDIO JACK1x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
BATTERY82 Battery (Whr)
AC ADAPTER90W adapter
DIMENSION (WXDXH)356.8 x 233.7 x 16.9 mm
WEIGHT (W/ BATTERY)1.69 kg
COLORCarbon Gray
Urban Silver

MSI Prestige 15 Price and Availability

MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX is priced at around USD 1799 and is now available with all the retailers and distributors across the globe. MSI Prestige 15 is also available with Amazon, one of the leading online shopping websites.

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Prestige 15 Design and Aesthetics

With a carbon Grey aluminium finish, the Prestige 15 design is unlike any other performance-oriented laptop. This exterior design gives this laptop a very professional look with the new MSI logo engraved on the lid. The blue chrome trim on the sides of the laptop gives it an edge in the aesthetics department. The body is well built and extremely sturdy. The design is very subtle and can be used in all kinds of environments and situations. It weighs at only around 1.69kgs, and it feels extremely light. It fits in any regular-sized backpack, and the device is so light and thin that you won’t be feeling anything carrying around the MSI Prestige 15 Laptop in your backpack.

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Display

The MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX featured the Full HD 1920×1080 IPS Display, while another variant is also available with a 4K 3840×2160 Display. This is 15.6″ display is of very high quality non touch display. The colours on this display are extremely vibrant, and the images appear very sharp and crisp. The MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX Laptop features the True Color Display, a boon for all content creators. The True Color menu gives different colour profiles for different kinds of usage and scenarios. This display is completely colour corrected with a 100% sRGB Color gamut which is a must for all Graphic Designers and Video Editors.

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Keyboard and Trackpad

Keyboard

The Keyboard on the MSI Prestige 15 Laptop is the best you can have on Content Creation Series laptops. The key caps are well stretched out, and while typing, you won’t be having the issue of pressing a different button. The keys have a lot of travel, and in our honest opinion, you will get great satisfaction using this keyboard. The white-led backlit keyboard looks very classy, and you can type all your day long on this keyboard, and it’s guaranteed it won’t break easily.

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Trackpad

The trackpad is very smooth and easy to navigate. It responds well to my pinch to zoom gestures and other gestures. The Built-in fingerprint is really fast and accurate, and the touchpad is huge, making it easier to navigate.

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Connectivity and Ports

You will have two USB 3.2 Ports and one Micro-SD card reader on the laptop’s right side. And on the left side of the laptop, you will have two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports that support 8K resolution and transfer speeds of 40Gbps, one HDMI 2.1 port which also supports 4K 60Hz, and one headphone microphone jack.

The laptop also features Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax and Bluetooth v5.1 for uninterrupted internet connectivity and seamless file transfer.

Webcam, Speakers and Battery

The webcam on the MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX shoots at 720p 30FPS. This is an IR camera that helps you use Windows features like face recognition. Windows Hello works seamlessly on this device. The photos and videos shot from the webcam are decent, good for video conferencing, etc.

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The Speakers are located on the bottom side of the laptop, and the sound quality is quite decent. Although, I would suggest using a pair of headphones for much better sound reproduction.

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The MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX is an 82 Watt/hr battery, and MSI claims to deliver 12 hours of battery backup. We have tested it for some time and found out that the battery on the laptop lasted for not more than 7 hours at 50 per cent brightness. Turning on the full brightness mode with chrome and Spotify playing in the background, it lasted merely 5 hours. So we can say that the battery is not that great, but it’s not bad either for a machine of this calibre.

Performance

This laptop is powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake Processor, 16GB 3200Mhz RAM, and Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 Graphics Card. The laptop also features the 512GB Gen4 NVMe SSD as a storage device. So without further delay, let’s check out some of the performance benefits.

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CPU

Cinebench R235611 (Single Core)1476 (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5.01541.5 (Single Core)5578.5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R20563.5 (Single Core)2179.5 (Multi-Core)
7-Zip 5153 (Single Core)24882 (Multi-Core)

Gaming

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FAR CRY 544 FPS36 FPS31 FPS
RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER84 FPS57 FPS29 FPS
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER72 FPS37 FPS32 FPS
TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON39FPS37 FPS31 FPS

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Thermals

We ran a few games and tests for 30 mins, and the GPU temperatures hit around 74 degrees, and then the CPU temperatures run hot at a whopping 91 degrees celsius. A quick solution is applying an aftermarket thermal paste on the CPU, and the GPU as the intel stock thermal paste is not enough to cool the system.

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Conclusion

This laptop is mainly catered towards creative professionals like coders and content creators. This laptop will satisfy the requirements of both novice and serious pro-level users. With its sleek looks and a bunch of horsepowers, the MSI Prestige 15 A11SCX is totally equipped to run all your creative tasks!

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That’s all for now!
Until next time…


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