MSI Summit E16 Flip

MSRP $2,299.00

“The MSI Summit E16 Flip is a decent laptop for content creators, if only it were a bit cheaper.”

Pros

  • Solid construct high quality
  • Attractive aesthetic
  • Strong productiveness efficiency
  • Excellent IPS show with 120Hz refresh price
  • Very good keyboard

Cons

  • Too costly
  • Battery life is mediocre
  • Small touchpad

I favored the MSI Summit E13 Flip fairly a bit, significantly the fashionable aesthetic, wonderful battery life, and stable efficiency. It proved that MSI could make a superb productivity-oriented convertible 2-in-1 to go along with their standard 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 analogous 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 artistic suite.

I reviewed the top-end Summit E16 Flip with a Core i7-1195G7 CPU and the RTX 3050 that has a retail worth of $2,299. The three out there fashions fluctuate solely of their RAM and storage, with the evaluation 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 concerning the machine to justify the funding.

Design

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

The Summit E16 Flip, like its smaller sibling, has a smooth, 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 shade scheme nonetheless hints at HP’s machines.

The 2-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 total look that’s not overstated, and it’s extra putting than the HP Envy x360 15 that additionally is available in black however has a purposefully minimalistic design. Also, as with the smaller model, MSI notes its use of the Golden Ratio (1.68) in designing the laptop computer’s dimensions.

The 2-in-1’s show bezels aren’t tiny on the highest and backside, so the Summit E16 Flip’s total dimensions are considerably inflated. It’s virtually precisely as huge 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 slightly 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 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 Trends

Overall, the Summit E16 Flip is a big convertible 2-in-1 however not unexpectedly so, given its massive and tall show. You received’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 comprised of CNC-machined aluminum, which inserts with its premium nature. Accordingly, your entire 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 snug 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 in every of 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 artistic sorts, a full-size SD card reader would have been welcome. The newest Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 present speedy wi-fi capabilities with the appropriate router.

Performance

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

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 slightly than transportable 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 might be considerably quicker — though it’s not solely honest to check these transportable workstations with a convertible 2-in-1. Given every little thing, my efficiency expectations for the Summit E16 Flip have been tempered.

According to our benchmarks, the Summit E16 Flip’s efficiency was sturdy for productiveness work however combined for artistic duties. Note that MSI gives a utility to modify from “balanced” to “performance” modes, and that made a noticeable distinction in a few of these outcomes however not sufficient to warrant evaluation. Just know that for those who want slightly 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 properly.

In Geekbench 5, the Summit E16 Flip did properly, beating out the Spectre x360 15 in each single- and multi-core exams, however dropping within the multi-core take a look at to the blazingly quick AMD Ryzen 7 CPU within the Envy x360 15. In our Handbrake take a look at 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, but it surely wasn’t a lot slower than the Spectre x360 15. The identical held with Cinebench R23, one other CPU-intensive benchmark. In the PCMark Complete take a look at, the Summit E16 Flip did exceptionally properly, and its Essentials, Productivity, and Content Creation scores have been additionally good for the CPU class.

One shocking outcome was in Pugetbench, which makes use of Adobe Premiere Pro to run by a sequence of demanding video-editing duties and might use each the CPU and the GPU to speed up efficiency. 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 properly on this real-world take a look at.

The Summit E16 Flip is probably not the quickest laptop computer round within the 15- and 16-inch courses, but it surely’s speedy sufficient for a convertible 2-in-1. It’s quicker total 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 may be one other stable competitor, however we received’t know till we’ve benchmarked it. In any case, the Summit E16 Flip is a 2-in-1 that can rip by your demanding productiveness duties, but it surely received’t deal with demanding artistic workflows which might be CPU-intensive.

Laptop Geekbench 5 Cinebench R23 Pudgetbench Handbrake
(seconds)
PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy Fortnite
(1080p Epic)
Civilization VI (1080p Ultra)
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 supplied with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, an entry-level graphics chip. It scored properly within the 3DMark Time Spy take a look at, not too far off the RTX 3050 Ti within the Dell XPS 15 and properly forward of the HP Spectre x360 15’s GTX 1650 Ti. Testing efficiency in a number of standard video games, I discovered the Summit E16 Flip a reliable performer at 1080p or 1200p and average 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, properly behind the XPS 15 and Creator Z16, and it fell off from there as decision and graphics settings elevated.

Finally, in Battlefield V, the Summit E16 Flip ran at 49 fps at 1200p and medium graphics, once more properly 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.

As lengthy as you’re OK with limiting the graphics high quality, you’ll be able to play trendy titles at 1080p or 1200p. It’s not made to be a gaming laptop computer, but it surely’s not a foul entry-level machine.

Display

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

I faulted the Summit E13 Flip for its poor calibration, with colours and gamma that have been method off. I observed 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 my exams.

I wasn’t mistaken in my impressions. According to my colorimeter, MSI picked an excellent 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, properly above our 300-nit threshold. Colors 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 by chance that the show helps a 120Hz refresh price.

The colours have been additionally correct at a Delta E of 1.12 (1.0 or much less is taken into account wonderful). 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. Of course, 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 by chance that the show helps 120Hz, although that’s famous nowhere within the literature I obtained with the evaluation unit. I used to be attempting to run Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which wouldn’t run accurately, and within the settings I observed that the sport defaulted to the non-native 60Hz.

Lo and behold, I might swap to 120Hz if I wished. 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 observed 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 Trends

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

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 accomplish that in a quiet atmosphere. Headphones shall be required if you want to drown out any background noise.

Keyboard and touchpad

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

Like the smaller mannequin, the Summit E16 Flip enjoys a superb keyboard. It has loads of spacing and huge 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 slightly softer than I like, however that’s choosing nits. I’d price this keyboard proper up there with the perfect, together with the variations on HP’s Spectre and Dell’s XPS strains.

But I’ve a bone to choose 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 Windows machine. The E16 Flip touchpad is okay for what it’s, with a easy floor, dependable help for Windows multitouch gestures due to Microsoft Precision Touchpad help, and agency but quiet buttons. But it’s so tiny.

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

MSI contains its energetic pen within the field, and it may be magnetically hooked up to the Summit E16 Flip’s chassis or lid. It helps 4,096 ranges of strain sensitivity with tilt, and its prices through USB-C. Although 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 properly.

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

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

Battery life

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

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 received was longevity which will or could not make it by a working day, relying in your workload. In our web-browsing take a look at, the Summit E16 Flip lasted for eight hours, which is below the ten hours we wish to see on this take a look at. While 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 lead to perspective.

In our video take a look at that loops an area Full HD Avengers trailer, the Summit E16 Flip made it to 10.75 hours, an OK outcome, 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 simply mediocre.

I additionally ran the Summit E16 Flip by the PCMark 10 Applications battery take a look at, the place it hit virtually 8.5 hours. Again, that’s below the ten hours we’ve been seeing on this benchmark that finest approximates productiveness battery life. The Spectre x360 15 was properly below at 5.5 hours, and the Envy x360 15 was once more a lot stronger at 12.5 hours. In the PCMark 10 Gaming battery take a look at, the Summit E16 Flip managed 2.25 hours, which is about common. This take a look at appears to measure how arduous a laptop computer works whereas on battery life slightly than reflecting its total battery life.

Overall, the Summit E16 Flip’s battery life is simply mediocre. As I stated, it might or could not get you thru a whole day’s work, and I believe it received’t in case your workflow is in any respect heavier than common. Keep your charger with you while 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 excellent 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 possibly deal with entry-level artistic duties as properly. The keyboard is excellent, however the touchpad is method too small given the out there actual property.

MSI has made one of many higher large-format convertible 2-in-1s you should purchase. If you’re out there for a versatile machine that may deal with critical work, then the Summit E16 Flip needs to be in your record.

Are there any options?

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

The new Spectre x360 16 will seemingly be one other good different, though its 35-watt CPU in all probability received’t present considerably higher efficiency. But you’ll have an OLED show possibility and a show that’s simply as massive and expansive. We don’t know a lot else concerning the machine, although, together with its worth.

Finally, for those who don’t want a 2-in-1, the Dell XPS 15 is a stable alternative. It has even higher construct high quality, a fair 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 may final for years of productive service. Its elements are trendy and updated, together with the quickest Wi-Fi you will get, and it ought to sustain with Windows 10 — and Windows 11 — for so long as you’ll want it to. The one-year guarantee stays disappointing at this worth.

Should you purchase it?

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

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