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MSI is Back With Another Light-Weight and Powerful Laptop: MSI Modern 14 A10RB

Updated: May 13


I have reviewed a fair number of laptops over the last few years and most of these have been gaming laptops that come with powerful hardware in really big, bulky packages with massive charging bricks and a back-breaking weight. So when MSI sent over the productivity-oriented MSI Modern 14 A10RB (Rs. 74,990) laptop to us, everything about it attracted me. I’ve used this laptop for everything I usually do on my own laptop, and some things I have never done on my laptop, and I think the Modern 14 is a solid, bang-for-buck offering from MSI.(MSI Modern 14 A10RB) Let’s take a deeper look.

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Not to be confused with the higher-end MSI Prestige 14, the MSI Modern 14 is the more affordable version aimed at content creators and business users on tighter budgets. It foregoes most of the advanced features of the Prestige 14 like GTX graphics, 4K UHD panels, and Thunderbolt 3 support in favor of a lighter system that typical office workers can appreciate.

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Current SKUs are fixed at the Core i5-10210U CPU and 1080p matte display. Upgradeable options are limited to the GPU (Intel UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX250), NVMe SSD, and DDR4 RAM up to 32 GB. The configuration tested here can be found on Xotic PC for $900 USD.


The MSI Modern 14 A10RB competes with both Ultrabooks and business-centric laptops like the Microsoft Surface Laptop series, Apple MacBook Pro series, Dell Latitude 7400, and the Lenovo ThinkPad P43s.

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MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US (Modern 14 Series)

Processor Intel Core i5-10210U


Graphics adapter NVIDIA GeForce MX250 - 2048 MB, Core: 1518 MHz, GDDR5, 441.87, Optimus

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Memory: 8192 MB, DDR4-2666, 10-10-10-28, Single-Channel

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Display: 14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2, IPS, glossy: no


Mainboard: Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium


Storage: Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, 512 GB

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Weight: 1.22 kg ( = 43.03 oz / 2.69 pounds), Power Supply: 255 g ( = 8.99 oz / 0.56 pounds)

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Price: 900 USD

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Design and Build

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Starting off with the design of MSI Modern 14 A10RB, like I said, everything about MSI Modern 14 A10RB laptop is stunning.

The silver-white colour, the aluminium body, the sleek design. All of MSI Modern 14 A10RB is perfect and extremely eye-catching. I’ll be honest

with you, I usually prefer laptops in darker colors, but MSI has done a flawless job designing the MSI Modern 14 A10RB, to the point where I’m trying to find issues with the design just so I have something to talk about. On the outside, there’s really nothing to dislike. The lid looks gorgeous, the laptop is thin and very light at just 1.2kgs. There are all the ports you would want; heck, it even opens up with a single hand.






However, the one and only issue I have with this design is something I spotted when I first opened the lid. You probably guessed it — the webcam. It’s placed on the bottom bezel, reminiscent of laptops like the XPS 13 from Dell, and with all of the same problems as that one including the fact that people are often looking into your nostrils while you video conference with them. This is also a pretty big deal for me right now since I have been working from home a lot due to the coronavirus scare, which means I find myself video conferencing a few times in the day and it’s just embarrassing. I had no idea my nostrils looked like that from below. Ugh.


Display


Speaking of things that I saw when I opened the lid, let’s take a look at this display. The Modern 14 packs in a 14-inch FullHD IPS display and it’s pretty nice. It’s not the brightest panel I’ve seen on a laptop, but it’s definitely more than bright enough, and sunlight visibility shouldn’t be a problem thanks to the matte finish on the screen that reduces glare considerably.


Performance


Alright, let’s talk about the performance. The MSI Modern 14 is no slouch on paper. The laptop packs in a 10th-gen Core i7-10510U processor paired with 8GB RAM, and a 500GB SSD. There’s also MX250 graphics here from Nvidia to help along with any GPU-heavy tasks. These are solid specs for a mid-range ultrabook-like laptop, and that shows in the kind of real world performance this laptop can push.



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