|Specs at a glance: MSI Summit E14, as tested|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|CPU||3.0GHz 4-core Intel i7-1185G7 (4.8GHz turbo)|
|GPU||Nvidia GTX 1650Ti MaxQ|
|SSD||1TB Western Digital SN370 NVMe|
|Battery||52.4Wh 3-cell LiOn|
|Wi-Fi||Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6|
|Display||14-inch 1080p IPS|
|Camera||720p, top bezel mounted|
|Price as tested||expected retail ~$1,800|
Last month, we got a look at one of Intel’s engineering prototype laptops for its new Tiger Lake CPU family. We still don’t have any production Tiger Lake laptops to test, but as of today we’re one step closer with an MSI Summit sales/engineering sample. MSI provided the sample to us mostly for a “photo opportunity,” but IT graciously allowed benchmarking as long as we clearly marked the tests as being on a preproduction sample unit.
This model, marked as a sales sample, seems to be a prototype of what will be the Summit E14-087. Our MSI representative warned us that some hardware tuning and details may change between now and launch but confirmed that the chassis itself is exactly as it will be in production. In particular, we expect the power tuning to change—MSI promotes the laptop as having a 10hr+ battery life, which we suspect will not be possible with the 28W cTDP our sample shipped with.
This is not a cheap laptop—we managed to find an early retail listing for this model, and it looks like it will sell for $1,800. However, the device is jampacked with high-end parts, including but not limited to Intel’s newest i7-1185G7 top-of-the-line processor and an Nvidia GTX 1650Ti MaxQ discrete GPU. The laptop also has a distinct, bold style that stands out from its competitors.