MSI Modern 15 A10RB Laptop Review: The Dell XPS 15 Lite

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You’ll want to consider the Modern 15 over more well-known laptops like the Dell XPS 15, HP Spectre x360 15, Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15, or the MacBook Pro for its lighter weight, cheaper price, and easily upgradeable RAM and storage as these are the strengths of the MSI system. The Core i7-10510U CPU pairs well with the GeForce MX250 GPU and they each run at above average speeds on the Modern 15.

Main drawbacks to keep in mind are its slower CPU performance when compared to more powerful Core H Ultrabooks, softer keyboard keys, and lack of Thunderbolt 3 support. The chassis is more prone to flexing and damage while the display is not as bright as higher-end alternatives. The Modern series is supposed to be home to affordable mid-range laptops, after all.

An annoying aspect we think deserves more attention is fan behavior. There’s no reason why the system fans shouldn’t be silent when idling on desktop on Silent mode or Power Saver mode. Most laptops with Core U series CPUs are quieter when under such low-power conditions.

If you can live with the weaknesses, then the Modern 15 will prove to be a powerful laptop relative to its small size and light weight. If you want more performance or something more durable, however, then consider the Prestige 15 or “proper” business laptops like the HP EliteBook, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, or the Dell Latitude 7000 series.

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