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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  • lmcd - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    ASUS provides great support for its monitors. No idea if that extends to laptops but it might?

    Otherwise I'm right with you on the terrible support.
  • Spunjji - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    It's more profitable long-term to provide dismal support. As long as everybody in the PC market is providing a roughly equally poor standard of support, then it ceases to be a factor for comparison, and they can all benefit by paying poorly-trained and demotivated staff a pittance.
  • 0iron - Thursday, December 17, 2020 - link

    I hope there's some explanation on PCMark 10 - Productivity results.
  • vikas.sm - Thursday, December 17, 2020 - link

    The USB 2.0 port is possibly for
    1. Installing various flavors of linux.
    2. Allowing mouse/KB connection while blocking data transfer in an office environment.
    I've worked on hundreds of machines where OS installation just didn't work properly with the media connected to a USB 3.0 port. Granted, this was a few years ago, but I cant see other logical reasons for it.
  • Samus - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    I can't believe how fast these 15-watt CPU's are. They obliterate many current 65w+ desktop CPU's.
  • Spunjji - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    Only if those CPUs are Intel, and only if we continue to pretend that a 50W turbo and ~35W continuous power draw is "15W". 65W Zen 3 nukes this from orbit.

    If you actually limit the CPU to 15W long power draw (or even 20W) it's significantly slower.
  • edzieba - Monday, December 21, 2020 - link

    The battery life results belie the "but it's not 15W, it's really 50W!" claims. There's a reason constant-power CPU operation was abandoned by everyone at least a decade ago.
  • logoffon - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    They should've put the Fn key on where that stupid duplicated key is so that the right Ctrl key would be in full-size. I don't understand why they thought having two backslash keys were a good idea.
  • sonny73n - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    What a stupid design with the back edge of the display is also the foot when the lid lifts up (copied from Asus).
    Warning: 1- Don't open and close the lid too often or the hard plastic feet will wear out and get scratches which will catch dust making your laptop looks nasty. 2- Type lightly. Don't rest your palms on the laptop when you type or the hinges might break.
  • sonny73n - Friday, December 18, 2020 - link

    And yay, the power button is where the delete key should be (also copied from stupid Asus Zenbook design).

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