MSI Summit E16 Flip

MSRP $2,299.00

“The MSI Summit E16 Flip is an honest laptop computer for content material creators, if solely it have been a bit cheaper.”

Professionals

  • Stable construct high quality
  • Engaging aesthetic
  • Sturdy productiveness efficiency
  • Glorious IPS show with 120Hz refresh fee
  • Excellent keyboard

Cons

  • Too costly
  • Battery life is mediocre
  • Small touchpad

I preferred the MSI Summit E13 Flip fairly a bit, significantly the fashionable aesthetic, glorious battery life, and strong efficiency. It proved that MSI could make a superb productivity-oriented convertible 2-in-1 to go along with their fashionable gaming laptops, even when the value was a bit excessive.

MSI has a bigger model of the machine, the Summit E16 Flip, that not solely expands the 16:10 show from 13.4 inches to 16 inches however provides in a discrete GPU by the use of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050. It has an identical appear and feel, however is aimed extra at creators who can use the additional energy a GPU can present to purposes that may use it, like Adobe’s inventive suite.

I reviewed the top-end Summit E16 Flip with a Core i7-1195G7 CPU and the RTX 3050 that has a retail value of $2,299. The three obtainable fashions differ solely of their RAM and storage, with the overview unit being the highest mannequin with 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. Like with the 13-inch mannequin, the Summit E16 Flip is a bit costly — however I discovered sufficient to love in regards to the machine to justify the funding.

Design

Back view of the MSI Summit E16 Flip.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

The Summit E16 Flip, like its smaller sibling, has a modern, all-black chassis with just some rose gold accents in an MSI emblem on the entrance and alongside the chamfered edges on the lid and touchpad. The bigger mannequin doesn’t have the 13-inch mannequin’s clipped-off chassis and lid corners harking back to the HP Spectre line, together with the Spectre x360 15, however the rose gold and black colour scheme nonetheless hints at HP’s machines.

The two-in-1’s strains are easier, with a barely angled edge alongside the rear of the chassis and a steeply angled keyboard deck. It’s a sublime general look that’s not overstated, and it’s extra placing than the HP Envy x360 15 that additionally is available in black however has a purposefully minimalistic design. Additionally, as with the smaller model, MSI notes its use of the Golden Ratio (1.68) in designing the laptop computer’s dimensions.

The two-in-1’s show bezels aren’t tiny on the highest and backside, so the Summit E16 Flip’s general dimensions are considerably inflated. It’s virtually precisely as vast because the Spectre x360 15, however over an inch deeper thanks due the taller show and bigger bezels. It’s thinner, although, at 0.67 inches, and somewhat heavier at 4.4 kilos, in comparison with the Spectre x360 15 at 0.79 inches and 4.23 kilos. The Summit E16 Flip can also be deeper than the Envy x360 15 with its 16:9 show, whereas once more being thinner and barely heavier in comparison with the Envy’s 0.72 inches and 4.11 kilos.

MSI Summit E16 Flip folded backwards.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Total, the Summit E16 Flip is a big convertible 2-in-1 however not unexpectedly so, given its massive and tall show. You gained’t wish to maintain it in a single arm for inking, however that’s typical for bigger 2-in-1s.

The Summit E16 Flip is produced from CNC-machined aluminum, which inserts with its premium nature. Accordingly, the whole chassis is inflexible, with no bending within the lid (which the 13-inch mannequin displayed) or flexing within the keyboard deck or chassis backside. It’s simply the equal of the Spectre x360 15 and forward of the Envy x360 15, which had some keyboard flex.

The Summit E16 Flip is a really well-built laptop computer. The hinge opens simply with one hand, which is uncommon for convertible 2-in-1s, and it holds the show firmly in its 4 positions — clamshell, tent, media, and pill. It additionally props up the keyboard deck at an angle for a extra comfy typing expertise and improved airflow.

There's a full-size HDMI port and two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 (one of which is used for charging) along the left-hand side.

Two USB-A 3.2 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader along the right-hand side of the MSI Summit e16 Flip.

Connectivity is a powerful go well with. There’s a full-size HDMI port and two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 ports (one among which is used for charging) alongside the left-hand aspect, and two USB-A 3.2 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader alongside the right-hand aspect.

Given the usefulness of this 2-in-1 for inventive sorts, a full-size SD card reader would have been welcome. The most recent Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 present speedy wi-fi capabilities with the precise router.

Efficiency

MSI Summit E16 Flip folded backwards in a tent fold.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

The Summit E16 Flip makes use of a 28-watt, 4-core/8-thread Intel Core i7-1195G7, a quick chip however nonetheless one meant for skinny and light-weight laptops relatively than moveable powerhouses. That’s contrasted with the 45-watt, 6-core/12-thread Core i7-10750H within the HP Spectre x360 15 and the 8-core/16-thread AMD Ryzen 7 5700U within the HP Envy x360 15.

Then there are clamshell laptops just like the Dell XPS 15 and MSI Creator Z16 that use the newest 8-core/16-thread Core i7-11800H CPUs which are considerably quicker — though it’s not totally truthful to match these moveable workstations with a convertible 2-in-1. Given all the things, my efficiency expectations for the Summit E16 Flip have been tempered.

In accordance with our benchmarks, the Summit E16 Flip’s efficiency was robust for productiveness work however blended for inventive duties. Word that MSI offers a utility to change from “balanced” to “efficiency” modes, and that made a noticeable distinction in a few of these outcomes however not sufficient to warrant evaluation. Simply know that for those who want somewhat bit extra energy, you’ll be able to kick the 2-in-1 into overdrive.

The MSI Summit E16 Flip balances CPU and GPU efficiency very effectively.

In Geekbench 5, the Summit E16 Flip did effectively, beating out the Spectre x360 15 in each single- and multi-core assessments, however dropping within the multi-core check to the blazingly quick AMD Ryzen 7 CPU within the Envy x360 15. In our Handbrake check that converts a 420MB video to H.265, the MSI couldn’t sustain with any of our comparability machines aside from the LG Gram 16 that makes use of a slower Core i7, nevertheless it wasn’t a lot slower than the Spectre x360 15. The identical held with Cinebench R23, one other CPU-intensive benchmark. Within the PCMark Full check, the Summit E16 Flip did exceptionally effectively, and its Necessities, Productiveness, and Content material Creation scores have been additionally good for the CPU class.

One stunning consequence was in Pugetbench, which makes use of Adobe Premiere Professional to run by means of a collection of demanding video-editing duties and may use each the CPU and the GPU to speed up efficiency. Right here, the Summit E16 Flip had a superb rating of 552, which was considerably larger than all however the Dell XPS 15 (which it beat) and the MSI Creator Z16 (which dominated this benchmark). MSI did a superb job of balancing the CPU and GPU to carry out effectively on this real-world check.

The Summit E16 Flip is probably not the quickest laptop computer round within the 15- and 16-inch lessons, nevertheless it’s speedy sufficient for a convertible 2-in-1. It’s quicker general than the HP Spectre x360 15, and whereas the HP Spectre x360 16 has been introduced with a 35-watt H-series CPU, particulars are sparse — it is perhaps one other strong competitor, however we gained’t know till we’ve benchmarked it. In any case, the Summit E16 Flip is a 2-in-1 that may rip by means of your demanding productiveness duties, nevertheless it gained’t deal with demanding inventive workflows which are CPU-intensive.

Laptop computer Geekbench 5 Cinebench R23 Pudgetbench Handbrake
(seconds)
PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy Fortnite
(1080p Epic)
Civilization VI (1080p Extremely)
MSI Summit E16 Flip (Core i7-1195G7)  1607 / 6096 1589 / 5344 552 175 5681 4138 52 fps 62 fps
HP Spectre x360 15 (Core i7-10750H) 1237 / 5013 1102 / 5492 339 160 4676 2325 54 fps 60 fps
HP Envy x360 15 (AMD Ryzen 7 5700U) 1198 / 6790 1258 / 8131 185 116 5419 902 20 fps N/A
Dell XPS 15 OLED 2021 (Core i7-11800H) 1544 / 7692 1513 / 9979 509 101 6024 4540 50 fps 73 fps
MSI Creator Z16 (Core i7-11800H) 1540 / 7625 1444 / 9615 738 103 6486 6322 59 fps (1200p) 92 fps
LG Gram 16 (Core i7-1165G7) 1573 / 5454 1394 / 4137 N/A 213 4827 1390 13 fps n/a

The Summit E16 Flip is provided with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, an entry-level graphics chip. It scored effectively within the 3DMark Time Spy check, not too far off the RTX 3050 Ti within the Dell XPS 15 and effectively forward of the HP Spectre x360 15’s GTX 1650 Ti. Testing efficiency in just a few fashionable video games, I discovered the Summit E16 Flip a reliable performer at 1080p or 1200p and reasonable graphics settings.

Fortnite hit 52 frames per second (fps) at 1200p and epic settings, behind the Spectre x360 15 however forward of the XPS 15 and aggressive with the MSI Creator Z16 (with an RTX 3060). In Civilization VI, the Summit E16 Flip managed 62 fps at 1080p and extremely graphics, barely forward of the Spectre x360 15 and behind the XPS 15 and Creator Z16, however not by a lot. MSI’s 2-in-1 hit 43 fps at 1200p and excessive graphics, effectively behind the XPS 15 and Creator Z16, and it fell off from there as decision and graphics settings elevated.

Lastly, in Battlefield V, the Summit E16 Flip ran at 49 fps at 1200p and medium graphics, once more effectively behind the XPS 15 and the Creator Z16, however nonetheless fairly playable. Even at 1600p and extremely graphics, the Summit E16 Flip hit 30 fps.

So long as you’re OK with limiting the graphics high quality, you’ll be able to play fashionable titles at 1080p or 1200p. It’s not made to be a gaming laptop computer, nevertheless it’s not a nasty entry-level machine.

Show

Closeup on the MSI Summit E16 Flip display.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

I faulted the Summit E13 Flip for its poor calibration, with colours and gamma that have been approach off. I seen that after I was performing my testing and earlier than I pulled out my colorimeter. There have been no such points with the Summit E16 Flip’s show, which appeared very vivid, with dynamic and pure colours and deep blacks. And the massive, 16-inch show is within the productivity-friendly 16:10 side ratio, with a pointy sufficient QHD+ (2,560 x 1,600) decision. I loved utilizing the show fairly a bit as I ran by means of my assessments.

I wasn’t fallacious in my impressions. In accordance with my colorimeter, MSI picked an impressive IPS panel for the Summit E16 Flip and did a a lot better job of calibrating it. First, it was very vivid at 482 nits, effectively above our 300-nit threshold. Colours have been a lot wider than the common premium show at 89% of AdobeRGB (most shows are round 72%) and 100% of sRGB (with 95% being near common).

I found fairly accidentally that the show helps a 120Hz refresh fee.

The colours have been additionally correct at a Delta E of 1.12 (1.0 or much less is taken into account glorious). The distinction was 1,140:1, above our 1,000:1 threshold. That’s a lot better than the HP Envy x360 15’s IPS show that got here in at 270 nits, 71% of Adobe RGB and 95% of sRGB with an accuracy of 1.06 (barely higher) and a distinction ratio of 900:1. After all, the HP Spectre x360 15 with its OLED show had even wider colours at 99% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, with an accuracy of 1.21 and an inky-black distinction ratio of 426,180:1.

In an attention-grabbing twist, I found fairly accidentally that the show helps 120Hz, despite the fact that that’s famous nowhere within the literature I acquired with the overview unit. I used to be making an attempt to run Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, which wouldn’t run accurately, and within the settings I seen that the sport defaulted to the non-native 60Hz.

Lo and behold, I might change to 120Hz if I needed. I checked the show settings and there it was, defaulted to 120Hz. I didn’t discover something earlier than making this discovery, however as I switched backwards and forwards between 60Hz and 120Hz, I seen that issues have been a bit smoother. So, that’s one other plus for the show that MSI ought to promote extra prominently.

Closeup on the MSI Summit E16 Flip's webcam.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Total, the Summit E16 Flip’s show is nice for productiveness work, with greater than vast and correct sufficient colours and distinction that made black textual content pop on white backgrounds. It’s additionally adequate for creators who would possibly need a barely wider AdobeRGB gamut, however who might definitely get their work achieved on this 2-in-1. It’s a superb show that helps justify the Summit E16 Flip’s larger value.

The audio was surprisingly quiet, even at most quantity. Mids and highs have been clear and nice and there was even a contact of bass, however there simply wasn’t very a lot loudness. It’s good audio for bingeing Netflix and such, however you’ll wish to achieve this in a quiet surroundings. Headphones shall be required if you might want to drown out any background noise.

Keyboard and touchpad

MSI Summit E16 Flip keyboard and stylus.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Just like the smaller mannequin, the Summit E16 Flip enjoys a superb keyboard. It has loads of spacing and enormous keycaps, even given the small numeric keyboard tucked in alongside the right-hand aspect. The switches supplied loads of journey at 1.5mm, with a lightweight contact and snappy mechanism. My solely criticism was that the bottoming motion was somewhat softer than I like, however that’s selecting nits. I’d fee this keyboard proper up there with the most effective, together with the variations on HP’s Spectre and Dell’s XPS strains.

However I’ve a bone to select with MSI. There are acres of area on the palm relaxation for an enormous touchpad — that’s one of many benefits of a taller show. And but, it in-built a tiny wide-format touchpad that leaves virtually an inch of empty area above and beneath.

Dell used up that area with the XPS 15, equipping one of many largest touchpads you’ll discover on a Home windows machine. The E16 Flip touchpad is okay for what it’s, with a easy floor, dependable help for Home windows multitouch gestures because of Microsoft Precision Touchpad help, and agency but quiet buttons. Nevertheless it’s so tiny.

Tablet mode and stylus on the MSI Summit E16 Flip.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

MSI contains its energetic pen within the field, and it may be magnetically connected to the Summit E16 Flip’s chassis or lid. It helps 4,096 ranges of strain sensitivity with tilt, and its expenses by way of USB-C. Though the 16-inch 2-in-1 is sort of cumbersome in pill mode, for those who place it on a floor and use it for drawing or taking notes, then the pen performs admirably. The contact show was responsive as effectively.

A fingerprint reader offers home windows Howdy help on the palm relaxation. As with most fingerprint readers right this moment, it was quick and dependable. MSI additionally applied a few methods to close off the webcam for privateness. You may both hit a button on the keyboard or flip a bodily change to show off the webcam electronically, leaving nothing for hackers to take advantage of.

I want that to the bodily sliders and such that different producers use. HP originated the idea with its Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 15, nevertheless it has since moved over to bodily covers managed by keyboard buttons.

Battery life

MSI Summit E16 Flip sitting on a table.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

MSI packed in 82 watt-hours of battery into the Summit E16 Flip’s chassis, which is near the HP Spectre x360 15’s 83 watt-hours and considerably greater than the Envy x360 15’s 51 watt-hours. With a big, high-resolution show, I wasn’t anticipating spectacular battery life.

What I obtained was longevity which will or might not make it by means of a working day, relying in your workload. In our web-browsing check, the Summit E16 Flip lasted for eight hours, which is beneath the ten hours we prefer to see on this check. Whereas the Spectre x360 15 lasted simply 6.2 hours with its OLED show, the Envy x360 15 lasted for a extra spectacular 11 hours. That places the Summit E16 Flip’s end in perspective.

In our video check that loops an area Full HD Avengers trailer, the Summit E16 Flip made it to 10.75 hours, an OK consequence, in comparison with the Spectre x360 15 at simply 6.5 hours and the Envy x360 15 at 13.65 hours.

The MSI Summit E16 Flip’s battery life is just mediocre.

I additionally ran the Summit E16 Flip by means of the PCMark 10 Purposes battery check, the place it hit virtually 8.5 hours. Once more, that’s beneath the ten hours we’ve been seeing on this benchmark that finest approximates productiveness battery life. The Spectre x360 15 was effectively beneath at 5.5 hours, and the Envy x360 15 was once more a lot stronger at 12.5 hours. Within the PCMark 10 Gaming battery check, the Summit E16 Flip managed 2.25 hours, which is about common. This check appears to measure how laborious a laptop computer works whereas on battery life relatively than reflecting its general battery life.

Total, the Summit E16 Flip’s battery life is just mediocre. As I stated, it could or might not get you thru a complete day’s work, and I think it gained’t in case your workflow is in any respect heavier than common. Hold your charger with you once you’re on the street.

Our take

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is a great-looking and well-built convertible 2-in-1 with an impressive 16-inch 16:10 show. It’s massive and uncomfortable as a pill, however that’s to be anticipated with such an expansive show. It performs admirably as a workhorse productiveness machine, and it may deal with entry-level inventive duties as effectively. The keyboard is superb, however the touchpad is approach too small given the obtainable actual property.

MSI has made one of many higher large-format convertible 2-in-1s you should buy. In the event you’re available in the market for a versatile machine that may deal with critical work, then the Summit E16 Flip ought to be in your listing.

Are there any options?

The Spectre x360 15, though it’s getting somewhat lengthy within the tooth, is a strong various. Its 45-watt CPU and discrete GPU carry out effectively, and its OLED show is excellent. You’ll avoid wasting cash as effectively.

The brand new Spectre x360 16 will possible be one other good various, though its 35-watt CPU most likely gained’t present considerably higher efficiency. However you’ll have an OLED show possibility and a show that’s simply as massive and expansive. We don’t know a lot else in regards to the machine, although, together with its value.

Lastly, for those who don’t want a 2-in-1, the Dell XPS 15 is a strong alternative. It has even higher construct high quality, an excellent higher show, and its efficiency is healthier for creators. You’ll pay comparable costs for equal configurations.

How lengthy will it final?

The Summit E16 Flip is solidly constructed and will final for years of productive service. Its parts are fashionable and updated, together with the quickest Wi-Fi you may get, and it ought to sustain with Home windows 10 — and Home windows 11 — for so long as you’ll want it to. The one-year guarantee stays disappointing at this value.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. You’ll love the best way the Summit E16 Flip appears and performs — simply be ready to maintain it charged up.

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