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MSI Modern 15 A11 15.6" Laptop (Late 2020 / 2021)

NEX score 54%

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Product Overview

MSI Modern 15 A11S is an entry-level 15.6-inch business laptop powered by 11th-gen Intel Core processors. Slotted below the Summit and Prestige series, the Modern 15 A11S nevertheless features PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Thunderbolt port, and full-size HDMI out.
Compared to the 14-inch Modern 14 B11S refreshed at the same time, the new Modern 15 adds an additional M.2 PCIe SSD Gen3 slot and increases the maximum memory slot to 64GB via two DIMMs. The larger moden also enjoys an additional USB port, increasing the total to four (counting the Thunderbolt 4 port).
Likewise, the Modern A11S also upgrades the DDR4 memory to 3200MHz and the optional discrete graphics to MX450.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Matte IPS screen
  • Good color-space coverage
  • Good battery life
  • Good system performance
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
Cons
  • High power consumption under load
  • Slow memory card reader

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 54% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good input devices
  • Decent battery life
  • Matte IPS display
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • Short battery life
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 4 + 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI + 1x microSD + 1x Audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
52 Wh
Camera | Front
HD camera
Colors
Carbon Grey, Blue Stone, Beige Mousse

Dimensions

Size | Depth
233.75 mm
Size | Height
16.9 mm
Size | Width
356.8 mm
Weight
1.3 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Graphics
Intel Iris Xe graphics or NVIDIA GeForce MX450 2GB GDDR5
Keyboard Backlight
White
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7 U-series

Performance

Durability
MIL-STD-810G
Memory | Capacity
Up to 64 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
65 or 90 W
Storage
1x M.2 SSD NVMe PCIe Gen4 + 1x M.2 SSD NVMe PCIe Gen3

Production

Debut
2020-Q4

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The MSI Modern 15 A11M offers a solid system performance and good input devices. It's only pushed into second place by the AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U in multi-core applications. The internal Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 graphics unit is responsible for displaying image content. It shares RAM with the CPU and benefits from memory running in a dual-channel configuration.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good input devices
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • Short battery life

User Reviews

References

1. ^ MSI Modern 15 A11M in review: Slim office laptop offers strong keyboard backlighting. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-Modern-15-A11M-in-review-Slim-office-laptop-offers-strong-keyboard-backlighting.546878.0.html. 2021-06-22. Retrieved 2021-06-23.

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