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The MSI Prestige PS42 is a thin and light notebook computer with powerful internals. It looks somewhat retro and the trackpad is too tiny for gestures that want a lot more than two fingers. We noticed some software issues aswell that may hopefully be addressed in a firmware update but besides that, the Prestige PS42 is really as powerful as thin and lights come.
Discrete Nvidia graphics
Great collection of ports
Awkward webcam position
Although the thin and light market segment has existed for quite some time in the sort of Ultrabooks, we’ve seen some really nice laptops in this space recently including the Huawei MateBook 13 that push boundaries of not merely the proper execution factor but also performance.
MSI’s latest notebook computer may be the Prestige PS42, and marks another notable entry in this space. It packs impressive specs in an exceedingly thin and light package, plus a set of ports that’s sure to please any road warrior.
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This is actually the MSI Prestige PS42 configuration delivered to TechRadar Middle East for review:
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.0GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce MX150
RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)
Screen: 14-inch, 1080p (1,920 x 1,080, IPS, non-touch display
Storage: 512GB SSD
Ports: 2 x USB-C 3.1, headset jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: HD (720p, 0.9MP) webcam
Size: 322 x 222 x 15.9 mm (W x D x H)
Price and availability
The MSI Prestige is merely sold in a single configuration in the centre East which may be the highest end config, coming in at AED 4,499. At the purchase price, you are getting a Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD storage and the Nvidia MX150 GPU with 2GB RAM.
That is clearly a pretty sweet deal considering what you are getting, though it’s worth noting that the Huawei MateBook 13 costs less at AED 3,999 with half the RAM or AED 2,999 with 256GB or storage and a Core i5 processor.
According to MSI, the notebook computer can be bought through Jumbo or Virgin Megastore.
Design and display
If there is one word to spell it out the MSI PS42’s design, it could be pseudo-retro. It type of reminds us of laptops from ten years ago using its brushed aluminum look, but concurrently sparks today’s trend using its very thin bezels.
It can suffer the same challenges as the older Dell XPS with reduced bezels – the webcam is located below the screen, which can make video-conferencing calls awkward to state the least.
There is a sizable grille above the keyboard with a power button in the guts. The dual-fan cooling solution sits underneath this grille and although heat is pushed from the trunk of the laptop, this area will get a little warm.
The keyboard has somewhat of a flex, however the keys are nice and big with enough happen to be type comfortably. What we aren’t fans of may be the column of keys to the proper of the backspace/enter keys. Most keyboards have those as their right-most keys but MSI places yet another column with Home/end and page up/down keys that people found ourselves accidentally hitting.
Below the keyboard sits a tiny trackpad, or at least smaller to the kinds we’re used to. It’s a precision trackpad which signifies that it’s fairly smooth and jitter-free and gestures work very well on it. Though it works fine with two finger gestures, the tiny size helps it be feels somewhat cramped for three finger gestures.
On the top-left side of the trackpad may be the fingerprint scanner which can be an odd place for this to be placed. Ideally, this will have been built-into the power button at the top for easier access, instead of taking on space on what’s already a tiny trackpad.
Where MSI did well is with the quantity of ports upon this laptop. On the left may be the power port, an HDMI port, a USB Type-C port and a headphone jack. The proper side has two full-sized USB ports, yet another Type-C port and a full-sized Sdcard reader plus a Kensington lock.
While that is clearly a great selection of ports, we do wish that Prestige P42 could possibly be charged through USB Type-C rather than through older pow