channelnews : REVIEW: MSI Summit E16 Flip A12 - For Pros

channelnews : REVIEW: MSI Summit E16 Flip A12 – For Pros

As its lofty name would suggest, the MSI Summit series sits at the top of the business notebook range. Featuring a 360-degree hinge, a bright 1440p screen and MSI pen support, the 16-inch Summit E16 Flip A12 is positioned to target high-powered creative professionals, and it definitely shows.

Design and function

Like most other MSI notebooks for business, the Summit E16 Flip has a minimalistic, understated exterior design – all matte black with an embossed logo on the lid. Of course, as the name suggests, the Flip can also rotate: you can leave the screen upright and use it like a regular laptop, flip it back and prop it up like a display, or flip it around and turn the laptop around. to the tablet.

Looking at the keyboard, there was one nice surprise: a full-fledged numeric keypad, which is by no means essential, but overall I’d rather have it than not. The keyboard is nice to type on without feeling cramped and has three levels of backlighting; below that is a positively roomy touchpad along with a fingerprint reader.

Connectivity is good, with two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm audio combo jack and a full HDMI port capable of handling 4K at 60Hz; it is also equipped with Wi-Fi 6e and Bluetooth 5.2.

Another plus: the built-in webcam is a cut above the 720p cameras you normally see on laptops, and can record in full 1080p resolution; plus, a switch on the side of the laptop can disable it for privacy (although note that this switch doesn’t use the shutter or physically cover the camera, it just turns it off). Not only that, the camera has noise reduction to improve image quality and four microphones to hear you in that important Zoom meeting.

If security is your watchword, the E16 Flip has you covered too: built-in Tile tracking means you’ll always find your laptop’s location even when it’s off, Windows Hello means you can log in with your face or fingerprint, and TPM 2.0 provides an extra layer hardware security.

Of course, all these features make the E16 Flip something of a hefty beast: it weighs around 1.9 kilograms, and you definitely feel that weight – you probably wouldn’t want to lug it around in tablet mode for too long. This isn’t an issue unique to the Flip, as many rotary hybrid laptops tend to be on the heavier side, but it’s an issue you should be aware of.

Display and sound

The 16-inch anti-glare IPS display is gorgeous – vibrant, sharp, bright and responsive at startup. I love a 1440p display on a laptop because it’s a great sweet spot between your garden variety 1080p and more expensive 4K. The side bezels are nice and thin – although this can lead to unwanted touches in tablet mode – and overall it’s really nice to look at.

The touchscreen is compatible with the MSI Pen stylus, which I also had the chance to try. I’m not an artist by any means, but I know one very well, and she said it was comfortable, responsive, and easy to use with no input lag—though she also mentioned that the pen itself needed more weight. did not like the recessed design of its side button.

Also worth noting is the aspect ratio: 16:10, as opposed to the 16:9 found on most laptops and PC monitors today. This taller “golden ratio” display solidifies the E16 Flip as a laptop for creative professionals who will be very pleased with the extra screen it offers.

Unfortunately, the speakers aren’t fantastic, as is common with laptop speakers. They’re not the worst I’ve heard, but they’re bottom-firing and offer mediocre sound quality at best – and of course they’re even muffled and tinny when the laptop is fully folded into tablet mode.

Performance

The E16 Flip is equipped with up to a 12th generation Intel i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti graphics card (our review unit came with the less powerful 3050). That’s a great combination for creative work—there’s enough power in the silicon for multitasking, ray-tracing graphics, and AI technology like Nvidia DLSS without having to look for a more expensive GPU like the RTX 3080.

But beware: this is not a high-end gaming laptop. While the RTX 3050 would probably handle less demanding games just fine, I tested it by running my main game, Control 2019, and found that the low frame rates made it essentially unplayable even with DLSS enabled. Gamers, it might have that shiny RTX sticker, but if you want a powerful device, look elsewhere.

It’s all powered by an 82Wh quad-cell battery with fast charging via Thunderbolt, which MSI says will last up to ten hours – I couldn’t test it myself, but it’s certainly a bigger battery than I’ve seen on other MSI notebooks in the past.

Statement

The MSI Summit E16 Flip A12 knows exactly what it is – a laptop for creative professionals who need performance and flexibility for their work – and doesn’t try to be anything else. It has enough grunt for multitasking and a display to bring any creator’s vision to life. If you need a solid workhorse that’s portable without sacrificing the performance you need and paired with an impressive stylus, then put this high on your list. 9.5/10

Professionals

Beautiful QHD+ display with 16:10 aspect ratio

Top-of-the-line 12th Gen Intel processor with Nvidia RTX 3050 series graphics

1080p webcam with four microphones, noise reduction and hardware switch to disable

Compatible with the MSI Pen stylus for responsive, lag-free drawing

Large keyboard and touchpad

Disadvantages

Medium speakers

On the heavier side for a portable laptop

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