Display Analysis

As the name suggests, the MSI Prestige 14 Evo features a 14-inch display, and MSI has gone with the more standard 1920x1080 IPS panel, meaning a 16:9 aspect ratio. That is somewhat disappointing, as competing laptops have started to transition to taller displays in the 16:10 and 3:2 range.

The laptop offers no touch support either, so this is as traditional of a clamshell Ultrabook as you can get. Some may not like touch, but for a wider audience, having a feature and not using it is better than not having it at all.

Sub-pixel arrangement. The haze is the matte coating on the display.

The 1920x1080 resolution in this screen size means the laptop offers 157 pixels-per-inch in terms of display density. There is always a tradeoff for density versus battery life, and although 157 is pretty far from what you would consider a high DPI panel, it still works well in this form factor. Out of the box, Windows sets this to 150% scaling, although you can of course adjust if you want more real estate. 125% seems to work pretty well. There is no UHD display option, but as we have seen in other devices which offer UHD, the hit to battery life is significant, so sticking with a more traditional 1920x1080 resolution still makes sense.

The display targets sRGB, and although some competing devices may offer P3 or Adobe RGB gamut support, the lack of a system-wide color management system in Windows still unfortunately means sRGB is better for most people. If you use professional applications that can correctly manage color, the MSI Prestige is likely not for you, but for the average consumer using content that is likely over 99% of the time targeting sRGB, MSI has made the right choice here.

To see how the MSI Prestige 14 Evo fares in terms of color accuracy and contrast, we have run it through a custom workflow in Portrait Display’s Calman suite, using the X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter for brightness and contrast measurements, and the X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer for color accuracy readings.

Brightness and Contrast

Display - Max Brightness

Display - Black Levels

Display - Contrast Ratio

The Prestige 14 gets off to a good start in terms of display contrast, almost hitting 1800:1. The panel offers excellent black levels which help it achieve this result. It does not get overly bright though, not even hitting 300 nits at 100% brightness, and would likely struggle outdoors because of that. It does get very dim though for use in a dark room with the display going all the way down to 5 nits.


Portrait Display Calman

Display - Grayscale Accuracy

MSI has done a very good job on the default color profile for this laptop, with the grayscale averaging under the 3.0 level that we’d consider to be a good display. There are a couple of peaks slightly over, but nothing too dramatic. The color balance across the gray range is very consistent, with blue dropping slightly compared to red and green, but overall still doing very well.


Portrait Display Calman

Display - Gamut Accuracy

The good news continues when looking at the sRGB gamut coverage. The laptop is able to hit all of the major color points for primary and secondary colors with very little error.


Portrait Display Calman

Display - Saturation Accuracy

The saturation sweep does the same color targets as the gamut test, but across the entire range from 0% to 100% brightness on each primary and secondary color, tested at 4-bit intervals. None of the colors show any real error rates above the 3.0 mark, with most well under across the entire range. Clearly, MSI has done their homework and calibrated the display at the factor to achieve these levels of accuracy. There is no ICC profile included as the error correction is being done in hardware.

Gretag Macbeth

Portrait Display Calman

Display - GMB Accuracy

While the previous tests focus on primary and secondary colors, the Gretag Macbeth tests a much wider range of colors, including the important skin tones. Once again, the MSI Prestige 14 performs very well here, with only a couple of individual colors above the 3.0 error level, and only just. MSI has done a great job calibrating this display.


Portrait Display Calman

While the previous graphs show error rates, the final image is the colorchecker swatch, which shows the target color on the bottom, and the achieved color by the display on the top. This gives you a better relative look at the error rate. Again, it shows the accuracy of this display.

Display Conclusion

Although the MSI Prestige 14 Evo is a mostly standard 1920x1080 16:9 display, and it just targets sRGB, MSI has done the added work to calibrate the display at the factory, which vastly improves its accuracy. Some devices use an ICC profile to fix the calibration through software, but ICC profiles can be a challenge especially if the application ignores them, so doing this through hardware is a better solution. The combination of high contrast and high accuracy make this one of the better displays available in this category.

Graphics Performance Battery Life and Charge Time
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  • timecop1818 - Thursday, December 17, 2020 - link

    USB port connections are separate from whatever PCIe lanes are going to the thunderbolt ports. There is absolutely no way another 3.0 port was not available. Even if by some insane reason this is really true, they could have put a 3.0 hub on board like many desktop boards do. After all, both TB4 ports are required to have full USB 3 functionality. So this is just MSI being dumb.
  • Cliff34 - Thursday, December 17, 2020 - link

    The point is that they can easily slot in more USB ports if they choose to since this is a 14". There is enough room to do so. The fact they didn't is a mistake.
  • KPOM - Thursday, December 17, 2020 - link

    I don’t understand why people use a mouse with a notebook in 2020 (almost 2021). Trackpads are just more natural fits for most tasks.
  • 0iron - Thursday, December 17, 2020 - link

    I use mouse with a laptop almost all the time. Trackpads will hampered productivity. For web browsing & media consumption it's still ok.
  • s.yu - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    Me too, a good office mouse is about a magnitude faster to operate than a trackpad, with a powered scroll wheel, a horizontal scroll wheel, and multiple shortcut buttons that can be mapped to forward, back, zoom etc.
  • DougMcC - Saturday, December 19, 2020 - link

    +1. Trackpads are unbearably slow. People at my office use one when they must but you go to any big meeting and basically every single person carries a mouse in with them.
  • Samus - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    USB 2.0 for a mouse? Why not just get a Bluetooth mouse? Who wants to waste a port with a dongle when the tech for external input devices is already built-in to the laptop wireless controller?
  • sonny73n - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    The idiots think RF dongles makes their mouse better and faster than Bluetooth 5.0.
  • s.yu - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    Peculiar idiots.
  • Spunjji - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    It makes sense on gaming laptops for users wanting to use a wired mouse with minimal latency. Not sure what sense it makes on a device like this, though.

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