MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review

The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo is a great notebook, but it's far from cheap, and we think it's overpriced for what you get. There are cheaper products on the market with similar specifications if you can do without a few features.

MSI has made a name for itself with it’s gaming laptops. With the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo, the company now wants to excite consumers with 2-in-1 business notebooks, and the Summit lineup is already off to a good start. For $1,899, the Summit E13 Flip offers strong performance from its Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor, a brilliant 13.4-inch display, and a clickable keyboard in a slim, sturdy chassis.

However, the Summit is expensive, even compared to the Apple laptop. Not to mention that it’s battery life lags behind the competition and it’s speakers are rather quiet. Despite these issues, the Summit E13 Flip’s top-notch business qualities more than make up for its shortcomings. It’s simply one of the best business laptops should you buy, provided you have the money for it. A 2-in-1 notebook seems like the ultimate device for people who want portability and versatility without sacrificing too much performance.

You get the ultra portability of an ultraportable with a lightweight design that’s less than 1 inch thick. You can switch to tablet mode when you don’t need a traditional physical keyboard, and the touchscreen and stylus options seem to make creative work easier as well. But this versatility often comes with issues of battery life, heat management, durability, and audio quality.

The MSI E13 Flip Evo is not completely immune to all of these issues, but it does advance the story of convertibles that insist on being less than an inch thick. The E13 comes from MSI’s business and productivity-oriented Summit series and starts at an MSRP of $1,300 and goes up to $1,900. With its lightweight, sleek aluminum construction, glossy accents, and dedicated stylus, the device is a clear competitor to premium ultra portables like Dell’s XPS series and Microsoft’s Surface offerings.

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Design

The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo features a sleek black aluminum hood accented by a glossy copper-colored MSI logo. Copper accents surround the entire chassis. They are reminiscent of accents on some HP Spectres, but we could not decide whether they look stylish or kitschy. Opening it up reveals a similarly sleek black deck with a standard keyboard with white accents around the keys, a copper-colored touchpad underneath, and a fingerprint reader on the right.

The display’s bezels are relatively thin, despite a webcam on the top bezel. Since it’s a 2-in-1 device, the lid easily rotates 360 degrees and attaches to the bottom with the magic of magnets. At 2.9 pounds and 11.8 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches, the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo is competitively light and thin for a 13-inch laptop.

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Keyboard and Touchpad

The Summit E13 Flip Evo’s keyboard has excellent spacing and large keycaps with easy-to-read lettering and three useful levels of consistent backlighting. The layout is mostly standard, and we were up to speed in no time. We enjoyed the 1.5mm of travel, especially given the light switches that didn’t cause fatigue. Bottom action was a little soft, and we prefer the faster keyboard from the HP Specter line, but overall we found MSI’s keyboard to be comfortable for longer typing sessions.

The touchpad was wide in format and moderate in size, but there is more room on the keyboard deck for a larger touchpad. It supports Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad drivers and responded well to Windows 10’s multi-touch gestures. The keys were clicky and quiet, which is a nice combination. Aside from it being a bit bigger, we have no complaints. The MSI active pen is included and attaches magnetically to the laptop lid or case.

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Display

The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo’s 13.4-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10 is breathtakingly bright, subtly colorful and silky smooth thanks to its 120 Hz refresh rate panel. In the Riders of Justice trailer, the red taillights of Mads Mikkelsen’s car popped against the dusky sky and rolling grassy hills. While the Summit E13 Flip has a glossy panel, we could still make out the details in Mikkelsen’s jacket as the protagonists gathered in a dimly lit barn. Mikkelsen’s shaggy beard also came out surprisingly sharp on the display.

According to our colorimeter, the Summit E13 Flip covered 82.4%, which is not far from the premium laptop average (84.8%). It’s more colorful than the MacBook Pro (78.3%) and Surface Laptop 4 (76.7%). And while it may be weaker than the Latitude 7320 (83.3%), the Dell couldn’t beat the average either. At 479 nits, the Summit E13 Flip Evo beat the 392-nit category average, as well as the Latitude 7320 (260 nits), MacBook Pro (435 nits), and Surface Laptop 4 (349 nits).

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Audio

The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo’s bottom-firing speakers aren’t loud and don’t offer enough bass to make a lasting impression. We hear Halestorm’s “I Miss The Misery” and the opening vocals were clear but sounded a bit compressed. The drum kit that followed lacked the bass to make it sound effective and the electric guitar just confused the other instruments.

Overall, the sound didn’t have much depth. The laptop comes with Nahimic audio software which offers adjustments for voice, bass, treble, volume stability and surround sound. Tinkering with it can change the sound and make something better, but not enough to make it good.

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Graphics

The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo’s Intel Iris Xe graphics card averaged 25 frames per second on the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Gathering Storm benchmark (Medium, 1080p), which is behind the 28 fps premium laptop average and the 30 fps -Default for playability lags behind.

However, with the same GPU, it beat the Latitude 7320 (20 fps) but couldn’t get past the MacBook Pro M1 GPU (29 fps). On the 3DMark Fire Strike synthetic graphics benchmark, the Summit E13 Flip scored 4917, which surpassed the category average (4756) but landed between the integrated GPUs in the Latitude 7320 (4227) and Surface Laptop 4 (5089).

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Performance

MSI enables the full 28 watts of the Intel 11th-gen Core i7-1185G7 in the Summit E13 Flip Evo, theoretically promising the chip’s best possible performance. However, according to our benchmarks, the 2-in-1 does not necessarily jump to the top of similarly configured laptops. In Geekbench 5, the Summit E13 Flip Evo was in the midfield. MSI offers a utility that allows you to adjust the performance in terms of fan noise, and that made a small difference in some tests. For example, the Geekbench score increased to 1,519 in single-core mode and 5,310 in performance mode.

The utility also improved the notebook’s Handbrake score, which measures the time it takes to encode a 420MB video as H.265, from 207 to 178 seconds. Both results are more competitive. The utility was less noticeable in the Cinebench R23 and PCMark 10 benchmarks. In the latter benchmark, the notebook was in the average range in all tests, including Essentials, Productivity and Creation.

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Battery Life

Battery life is enough to get you through a workday, lasting 9 hours 13 minutes in our simulated workday benchmark and averaging between 8 and 9 hours in real-world conditions, although this compares poorly when compared to devices like the aforementioned HP Specter x360 (12 hours, 52 minutes) or the M1 MacBook Air (11 hours, 15 minutes).

MSI claims on its website that you can squeeze up to 20 hours of battery life out of the Summit E13 Flip Evo, and honestly, that’s never going to happen. Our usage and testing didn’t show you’d get past the ten hour mark with typical daily use of the device, and as satisfying as 9 hours and 13 minutes is, it feels cheeky, less than half of what was claimed achievable battery life to achieve best.

MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review: Heat

Surface temperatures are always warmest on the left half of the laptop than the right due to the placement of the cooling solution inside. The hotspot on the keyboard can get as warm as 46°C, while the underside can get as hot as 52°C when gaming. While not distracting, the warm areas are definitely noticeable and are likely due to the high core temperatures, as detailed in our Stress Test section.

Be careful not to block the relatively small ventilation window on the bottom of the laptop under heavy loads. When stressed with Prime95, the CPU accelerated to 3.7 GHz in the first few seconds before reaching a core temperature of 95 C. Clock speeds then stabilized at around 2.7 to 2.9 GHz to maintain a core temperature of 91 C.

Configuration Options

The entry-level model we tested retails at $1,599 / £1,299 / around AU$2,550, which puts it on the expensive side for a 2-in-1 business laptop. You can increase internal storage from 512MB to a 1TB SSD and RAM for $1,899 (approx – A 16GB and 1TB storage version is available in the UK for £1,499, for example, but we couldn’t find a retailer for the beefier 32GB RAM model.

It’s easy to find at least one configuration of the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo on global sites like Amazon, having tested multiple regions for availability, so while you can easily go online and purchase one, you may not have much choice as to which version of The laptop is at your disposal. At this price we’d expect a few features missing from the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo, but that certainly does not make it a bad product. It’s a great laptop if you have the money to spend, but be careful, if you’re not using all the features you might be better off investing elsewhere.

Conclusion

The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo has a lot going for it, from its strong performance and brilliant display to its comfortable keyboard and slim 2-in-1 chassis. However, its below-average battery life and high price have kept it from shining in the business laptop wave.

Some business users may opt for a MacBook Pro, which offers longer battery life and better performance for the same price. However, if you’re looking for a Windows alternative to the MacBook Pro and a notebook with a true touchscreen, you can’t go wrong with the Summit E13 Flip.

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The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo has a lot going for it, from its strong performance and brilliant display to its comfortable keyboard and slim 2-in-1 chassis. However, the below-average battery life and high price have kept it from shining in the business laptop wave.MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo review