Installed in a thin and light aluminum body, the MSI Modern 15 A10M-215XFR is the perfect mobile companion for your office work. It can count on the 10th generation Core i3 Dual Core low consumption processor which supports all common uses, supported by 8 GB of RAM and by fast SSD storage and sufficient capacity (512 GB). The whole is set in images by a borderless Full HD IPS anti-reflective immersive screen that opens flat. Note also that the autonomy deploys almost 8 hours and that the approvals are not lacking: robust robust case (MIL-STD 810G test), easy scalability (2 x M.2, 2 RAM slots), backlit keyboard and Advanced Cooler Boost 3 cooling. A reproach to make him? The absence of Thunderbolt 3 and biometric authentication (Windows Hello) for sure.
Specifications for the MSI Modern 15 A10M-215XFR
|Slab||15.6 “Full HD IPS 72% NTSC (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-10110U Comet Lake (2.1 GHz, 2 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (2 slots)|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Storage||512 GB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 NVMe SSD|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Audio system||2 2W speakers|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||10 hours / Li-Po 3 cells 52 Whr|
|Dimensions (mm) / Weight||356.8 x 233.7 x 15.9 / 1.6 Kg|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI Modern 15 A10M-215XFR
The MSI Modern 15 A10M-215XFR therefore fits into an elegant and very compact office vision for nomads. Indeed, if the manufacturer is better known for its gaming machines, it has been able to infiltrate the highly disputed ultrabook market and offer powerful solutions in a quality case for ultra mobility. With a weight of 1.6 kg , it also benefits from a format (356 x 233 mm) and a finesse (15.9 mm), the whole being well optimized for traveling without being noticed.
The MSI Modern A10M-215XFR takes place in a robust brushed aluminum chassis which adjoins the screen with a very thin frame (occupancy rate of 80% screen / box). Note that the case meets the military resistance standard MIL-STD-810G for solidity to any test (extreme heat, shock, fall, humidity, altitude, exposure to the sun). Note also its keyboard backlit in white on four levels which facilitates typing in the dark.
Another thing to know about the case, it opens rather easily and leaves access to the components that can be changed without too much difficulty . The two RAM slots are accessible as are two M.2 bays for storage.
As the trend wants, MSI has chosen to surround the screen of its Modern 15 with thin borders while keeping the webcam in its usual place. The impression of immersion is important, especially since the IPS panel is bright and visible from all angles. As for the screen, the dense Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) allows viewing High Definition content in the best conditions and modulating the display. Another good point, it benefits from an anti- reflective treatment which brings its share of comfort on the move. Note that the screen flips 180 degrees to lay it flat and for example, easily share your work with the people around you.
Let’s finish the tour of the chassis with the connectors which, despite the compact format of the ultrabook, summons everything necessary in standard formats. There are no less than three USB 3.1 ports, a USB 3.2 Type-C port, an HDMI output, a microSD card reader, as well as a mini-jack combo jack. On the other hand, the webcam does not support Windows Hello facial recognition and it seems that MSI has removed the fingerprint reader from its 15 inch, therefore offering no biometric authentication option. Note that the wireless modules are entrusted to Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0. We expected more WiFi 802.11 AX on this new range, too bad.
Performance, autonomy of the MSI Modern 15 A10M-215XFR
In the foreground, storage is entrusted to an M.2 NVMe PCIe 512 GB SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. Compared to a standard mechanical hard drive, it is quieter, more robust and energy efficient and allows Windows to reach a remarkable level of fluidity with short loading times and execution without latencies. What is more, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your toy library even if some may not find it sufficient. SSD is considered to be the norm now at this price level.
The recent processor (10th gen) Comet Lake will be the engine of the MSI Modern 15 A10M-215XFR. It is a low consumption Core i3-10110U Dual Core which significantly improves performance compared to its predecessor (i3-8145U) thanks to a higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.1 Ghz). In fact, it ensures perfect support for current use (web browsing, Office processing, video) and a little mastery in slightly more demanding applications such as video editing, in reasonable proportions, however. The 8 GB RAM ensures comfortable and smooth multitasking.
In the absence of a dedicated graphics card inside this ultrabook, the Intel UHD 620 chip integrated into the processor is the only one to handle the processing. It is estimated at the level of a GeForce MX110, which should allow some casual players to launch some undemanding titles in Full HD with correct fluidity.
A word about autonomy now. The 52Whr battery installed in the Modern 15 A10M is logically capable of providing 8 to 9 hours of autonomy in Web browsing via Wifi, enough to work serenely for a day (without stressing the CPU or the iGPU).
Finally, note that this ultrabook is supplied with FreeDos, a utility that does not allow optimal use of all of its capabilities. It will therefore be necessary to install a complete operating system such as Linux or Windows to benefit from a perfectly functional environment. Windows 7/8 / 8.1 installation is not possible on this model.