“Business laptops” is a fun category: depending on who you talk to, it can mean “economical, reliable and something tough”; or it can mean “expensive, nice status symbol.” MSI’s Summit series, announced earlier today, definitely fits the latter description.
The Summit series is available in 13-inch 2-in-1, 14-inch and 15-inch sizes and is a new sub-brand for the company, which previously focused on the reliable gaming market for its more expensive G-Class offerings. The sandblasted aluminum-clad machines use a gold-on-black color scheme with Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake processors underneath, combined with either integrated Iris Xe graphics or a discreet NVIDIA GTX graphics processor on the E-Series variants.
Other technical features include Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, integrated fingerprint readers and IR Windows Hello cameras, 10-hour B-Series battery life, Wi-Fi 6, noise-canceling microphones for teleconferencing and TPM 2.0 security. While all laptops have touch screens, MSI seems particularly proud of the Summit E13 Flip, the only 2-in-1 in the line. It can flip the screen flat and automatically change orientation, the better to share a presentation across a table.
MSI is not talking about pricing or availability yet, but it says that the E13 Flip will be available “by the end of 2020.” It also announced updated versions of its standard Prestige line with 11th-generation Intel processors, and a milder update to the modern budget series.