MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo

MSRP $1,900.00

“The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo will get virtually all the things proper — besides the worth.”

Professionals

Trendy and engaging aesthetic

Skinny and light-weight

Glorious keyboard and touchpad

Nice battery life

Strong productiveness efficiency

Cons

Lid is slightly versatile

Show is poorly calibrated

Too costly

In case you’re on the lookout for a convertible 2-in-1 laptop computer, MSI won’t be the primary model that involves thoughts. It’s finest identified for its gaming laptops, however the firm produces a number of different laptop computer traces aimed toward basic shoppers and enterprise customers. For the latter, MSI has the Summit line, together with the brand new Summit E13 Flip Evo 2-in-1 that provides a 16:10 show and a particularly engaging design.

I reviewed the high-end configuration that prices $1,900 and consists of an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 and a 13.Four-inch IPS show within the productivity-friendly 16:10 side ratio. It gained me over instantly with its aesthetic, and I used to be left with a definite impression of high quality. However with the next general worth and with no low-cost base configuration, its attraction will stay extra restricted.

Design

My first impression of the Summit E13 Flip Evo was that it bears a definite resemblance to HP’s Spectre x360 14. At the very least, that’s the case with my Ink Black model; the impression isn’t as pronounced with the Pure White shade scheme.

I say that as a result of the Summit E13 Flip Evo has chassis and show corners which might be clipped off at related angles to the Spectre x360 14, and the laptop computer’s numerous edges (together with across the touchpad) are a well-recognized rose gold shade. You’ll be able to simply inform the laptops aside, nevertheless it positive appears that MSI borrowed some aesthetic ideas from HP.

That doesn’t prolong to performance — in contrast to the HP, the MSI doesn’t have a USB-C port conveniently positioned in a single nook. No matter its inspiration, the Summit E13 Flip Evo is a beautiful laptop computer with trendy traces and engaging colours that mix into an general elegant design. MSI makes a number of the Golden Ratio (1.618) used to proportion the laptop computer, and I can’t fault its math.

What I can fault, although, are the massive show bezels that distract from the in any other case trendy look. They’re bigger on high and on the underside than they may very well be, and that makes the 13.Four-inch laptop computer with its 16:10 show a bit deeper than obligatory. It’s inside fractions of an inch of the Spectre x360 14 with its bigger and taller 13.5-inch three:2 show, though it’s fairly a bit thinner at zero.59 inches in comparison with the HP’s zero.67 inches.

The MSI is simply barely heavier at 2.98 kilos in comparison with 2.95 kilos for the HP. It’s bigger in width and depth than the Dell XPS 13 that additionally makes use of a 13.Four-inch 16:10 show, and the Dell is barely thinner at zero.58 inches and lighter at 2.64 inches. A number of the Summit E13 Flip Evo’s further depth is because of the convertible 2-in-1 hinge, besides, MSI may have made this a extra diminutive laptop computer with slightly extra consideration to the bezels.

The Summit E13 Flip Evo’s building is definitely premium, because it makes use of CNC-machined aluminum to carve the lid and chassis out of single blocks of steel. The lid has simply the slightest little bit of a bend to it in case you exert some strain, and the LCD distorts once you achieve this. The underside chassis and keyboard deck are agency, although, lending the laptop computer an general sense of solidity. Because of the lid, it’s not as inflexible because the HP Spectre x360 14 or Dell XPS 13, nevertheless it’s shut. The hinge permits for opening the lid with one hand, nevertheless it additionally makes issues a bit wobbly whilst you’re shifting the laptop computer round.

About that pricing: The Summit E13 Flip Evo is pricey in its $1,900 configuration. Given the laptop computer’s high quality design, it’s price a premium however most customers will seemingly be turned off by the high-end worth. The $1,600 configuration with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is extra affordable and in keeping with the competitors. The Spectre x360 14, for instance, presently prices $1,460 for a similar configuration because the $1,600 Summit E13 Flip Evo, albeit with a Core i7-1165G7 versus the MSI’s Core i7-1185G7. So it’s $140 cheaper but additionally has a lesser processor.

When identically configured, the Dell XPS 13 is $1,620, virtually precisely the identical worth. MSI is charging an excessive amount of for an improve to 32GB of RAM that the majority customers on this class gained’t want.

Connectivity is nice for a really skinny and light-weight laptop computer, with a USB-A three.2 Gen 1 port and two USB-C three.2 Gen 2 ports with Thunderbolt Four alongside the left-hand facet, and a USB-C three.2 Gen 2 port (no Thunderbolt Four) becoming a member of a three.5mm audio jack and hidden microSD card reader on the right-hand facet. Wi-Fi 6E — the Summit E13 Flip Evo is the primary laptop computer to equip the most recent Wi-Fi 6E commonplace that helps a 6Ghz unique band — and Bluetooth 5.2 present for wi-fi connectivity.

Efficiency

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MSI allows the total 28 watts of the Intel 11th-gen Core i7-1185G7 within the Summit E13 Flip Evo, theoretically promising the absolute best efficiency from the chip. In accordance with our benchmarks, although, the 2-in-1 doesn’t essentially bounce into the lead amongst equally configured laptops.

In Geekbench 5, the Summit E13 Flip Evo was in the course of the pack. MSI features a utility to tune efficiency versus fan noise, and it made a average distinction in some assessments. The Geekbench rating jumped to 1,519 single-core and 5,310 in efficiency mode, for instance. The utility additionally improved the laptop computer’s Handbrake rating, which measures the time to encode a 420MB video as H.265, from 207 to 178 seconds. Each of these scores are extra aggressive. The utility made much less of a distinction in Cinebench R23 and PCMark 10. Within the latter benchmark, the laptop computer was within the common vary throughout all included assessments, together with the Necessities (internet searching, and many others.), Productiveness (Workplace apps, and many others.), and Creation (video encoding and extra).

Total, the Summit E13 Flip Evo was a quick laptop computer for its configuration, which included 32GB of RAM and a quick 1TB SSD, nevertheless it wasn’t dominant amongst Intel machines. As famous above, the $1,600 base configuration comes with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. A mannequin with 8GB of RAM and fewer storage isn’t supplied, which places it behind its rivals.

Both approach, the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo might be quick sufficient to maintain up with demanding productiveness workflows, nevertheless it gained’t please inventive varieties who crave a laptop computer that may churn by way of CPU-intensive duties. For that, you’ll need an AMD Ryzen 5000-series chip, an M1 MacBook, or a bigger 45-watt Intel laptop computer.

Geekbench (single/multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi)
PCMark 10
3DMark Time Spy
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo
(Core i7-1185G7)
1352/4891
207
1360/4392
4872
1751
Dell XPS 13 (Core i7-1185G7)
1549 / 5431
204
1399 / 4585
n/a
1380
HP Spectre x360 14 (Core i7-1165G7)
1214 / 4117
236
1389 / 3941
4728
1457
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14
(Core i7-1185G7)
1532/5415
207
1435/4409
4800
1648
Asus ZenBook 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
1423 / 6758
124
1171 / 7824
6034
1342
MacBook Professional 13 (M1)
1707 / 7337
n/a
1487 / 7547
n/a
n/a

Like all laptops utilizing Intel’s Iris Xe built-in graphics (and AMD machines with Radeon graphics), the Summit E13 Flip Evo doesn’t faux to be a gaming laptop computer.

Its 3DMark Time Spy rating is unimpressive, and it managed simply 26 frames per second (fps) at 1080p Excessive settings in Fortnite. That dropped to 19 fps with Epic graphics turned on.

Show

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I really like seeing so many new machines with taller shows, particularly throughout various sizes and type elements. The Summit E13 Flip Evo is one such laptop computer, with a 13.Four-inch 16:10 show in a Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) decision. That’s the one selection, which is unlucky — I’d like to see a higher-resolution show possibility.

Subjectively, the show appeared tremendous to me for productiveness duties, being a lot shiny and with good distinction that made black textual content bounce out from white backgrounds (as a author, that’s certainly one of my most vital show attributes). Colours appeared tremendous when viewing the show by itself, though I seen that issues have been slightly off-color in comparison with another laptops I’ve mendacity round.

That’s the place my colorimeter got here in. In accordance with it, the show has some good qualities and a few not-so-good ones. As I stated, the panel appeared shiny, and it was, at 471 nits (nicely above our 300-nit threshold), and the distinction ratio was 950:1 — just below our most popular 1,00zero:1 ratio. Colours matched the premium (non-creative) laptop computer common at 73% of AdobeRGB and 97% of sRGB. All of that’s adequate for a machine of the Summit E13 Flip Evo’s class.

Not so nice was the colour accuracy, which got here in at a disappointing DeltaE of three.94. That accounts for my subjective impression. Additionally, gamma (how shiny or darkish a picture or video is displayed in comparison with the unique) was extraordinarily poor at 1.Four. I don’t usually point out gamma as a result of most laptop computer shows measure at the usual 2.2. The MSI’s show, although, is approach too shiny, which, once more, was one thing I seen when utilizing the laptop computer.

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It’s potential that my machine was poorly calibrated and may very well be mounted by anybody with the best instruments — not that many individuals have entry to a colorimeter to carry out their very own calibration. But it surely detracts from the expertise of utilizing the laptop computer, together with watching movies, the place the poor gamma has an affect. Creators will even discover it too inaccurate for his or her wants.

The audio was tremendous, with sufficient quantity from the 2 downward-firing audio system to get pleasure from a YouTube video with out distortion when turned all the way in which up. Mids and highs have been clear, however bass was nonexistent. You’ll desire a pair of headphones for bingeing Netflix and listening to music, however in any other case, the sound high quality is about common for the category.

Keyboard and touchpad

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The Summit E13 Flip Evo’s keyboard enjoys wonderful spacing and huge keycaps with legible lettering and three helpful ranges of constant backlighting. The structure is generally commonplace, and I used to be up to the mark very quickly. I loved the 1.5mm of journey, particularly contemplating the sunshine switches that didn’t trigger fatigue. The bottoming motion was slightly tender, and I choose the snappier keyboard on the HP Spectre line, however general, I discovered MSI’s keyboard to be snug for longer typing classes (like scripting this assessment).

The touchpad was in a large format and reasonably sized, however there’s extra room on the keyboard deck for a bigger touchpad. It helps Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad drivers and responded nicely to Home windows 10’s multitouch gestures. The buttons have been clicky and quiet, which is a pleasant mixture. Apart from wishing it have been barely bigger, I’ve no complaints.

The MSI energetic pen is included within the field, and it magnetically attaches to the laptop computer’s lid or chassis. It helps Four,096 ranges of strain sensitivity and tilt, and it conveniently expenses by way of USB-C. I discovered it to supply pretty much as good a Home windows Ink expertise as some other trendy 2-in-1 I’ve used. The contact show was additionally responsive. An infrared digicam and facial recognition, together with a fingerprint reader on the palm relaxation, present Home windows 10 Whats up password-less help. Each have been quick and dependable.

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Curiously, MSI carried out a swap on the facet of the laptop computer for electronically turning off the webcam. This is identical mechanism that HP utilized in some older Spectre 2-in-1s, such because the Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 15. HP has since switched to placing a button on the keyboard that closes a bodily shutter over the webcam, nevertheless it’s fascinating that that is one thing else that MSI appears to have borrowed.

I choose the digital model as a result of it fully turns off the webcam and leaves nothing for hackers to take advantage of. There’s additionally a button on the keyboard to show off the microphone, one other welcome privateness function.

Battery life

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MSI packed 70 watt-hours of battery into the Summit E13 Flip Evo, which is rather a lot for a 13-inch class laptop computer. Mixed with the Full HD+ show, I used to be anticipating good battery life.

That’s precisely what I noticed, beginning with our web-browsing check, the place the 2-in-1 managed roughly 11 hours. That’s a robust rating, beating out the HP Spectre x360 14’s seven hours (it used an OLED show in our assessment unit, in order that’s probably not a good check) and the Dell XPS 13 Full HD+ that hit about eight.5 hours. In our video-looping check that makes use of a neighborhood Full HD Avengers trailer, the MSI achieved 16 hours, which can also be a superb rating. The XPS 13 managed simply 12 hours, and the Spectre x360 14 was approach behind at 10 hours.

I additionally ran the PCMark 10 Functions battery check, the place the Summit E13 Flip Evo hit 13.5 hours. The Spectre x360 14 ran for 9 hours on this check and the XPS 13 for 10.75 hours, making the MSI’s rating spectacular. Within the PCMark 10 Gaming battery check that stresses the CPU and GPU, the Summit E13 Flip Evo got here in at 2.5 hours, higher than many laptops — though this check appears to show how arduous a laptop computer runs whereas on battery somewhat than testing battery life immediately.

Within the closing evaluation, battery life is a power of the Summit E13 Flip Evo. It’s going to run all day lengthy and depart a while left over for night work or some Netflix bingeing. You gained’t have to fret about carrying your energy adapter with you until you’re actually taxing the processors.

Our take

The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo is a serviceable addition to the steady of 13-inch convertible 2-in-1s. It’s quick, has nice battery life, and appears good. The lid is a bit versatile, and it’s a contact costly in its high-end configuration, however I discovered it to be a nice laptop computer for real-life use.

The issue is that there are fairly just a few rivals. The MSI is pretty much as good as most of them, simply be sure to select the best configuration to keep away from overspending.

Any alternate options?

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a good various. It’s not as quick (at the very least, with out enabling its efficiency mode), nevertheless it gives a spectacular 13.5-inch OLED show within the three:2 side ratio. It’s virtually as costly because the MSI when configured with the OLED show, nevertheless it solely comes with a most of 16GB of RAM versus the Summit E13 Flip Evo’s 32GB.

The Dell XPS 13 is one other nice possibility in case you don’t want a 2-in-1. It’s as quick, has good battery life, and is best constructed — there’s a cause it stays on the high of a number of best-of lists.

How lengthy will it final?

The Summit E13 Flip Evo is constructed nicely sufficient that you simply gained’t have to fret about its longevity. It’s additionally outfitted with trendy parts, together with the quick Wi-Fi 6E, making it future-proof. The one-year guarantee will all the time be disappointing.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. You’ll love utilizing the Summit E13 Flip Evo; simply be ready to pay just a few further dollars in case you go for the high-end model.

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