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MSI Releases New Prestige Series Laptops In 15- And 17-Inch Models (Updated)

MSI is well-known for its gaming series of laptops, motherboards, and graphics cards, but its laptops are also quite formidable in the market. The company's latest laptop series, the Prestige Series, is specifically designed for business and multimedia customers.

The laptops come in 15- and 17-inch models, both powered by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor (2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz Turbo) on an HM87 chipset and feature an Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M. For memory, the 15-inch model has 12 GB (8 GB and 4 GB DDR3L, 1600 MHz), while the 17-inch model has 16 GB (2x 8 GB DDR3L, 1600 MHz). Additional specs for both laptops are in the chart below.

PE60 2QD-060USPE70 2QD-062US
ChipsetHM87HM87
Display15.6-inch (1920 x 1080)17.3-inch (1920 x 1080)
Ports3 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI3 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI
ConnectionsIntel 1x1 Wireless-AC 3160 a/c, Killer Gaming Network (LAN/Bluetooth)Intel 1x1 Wireless-AC 3160 a/c, Killer Gaming Network (LAN/Bluetooth)
Webcam720p HD webcam720p HD webcam
Battery6-cell (4-6 hrs.)6-cell (4-6 hrs.)
Weight5.29 lbs.5.95 lbs.

For the display, MSI claimed that these laptops come with its True Color Technology which can calibrate color range, color temperature, and gray level stage to make images look better and more colorful. Both laptops also feature six different display profiles optimized for different scenarios, such as the Gamer profile, which increases brightness, or the Movie profile, which adjusts the contrast for movies.

The laptops are available now, with the 15-inch model priced at $1,199.99 and the 17-inch model at $1,299.99. These are not exactly workhorse laptops, but the specs give more than enough power for anything from office work to games.

Update: This article was updated to at 8:30am PDT on April 30, 2015 to include information on battery life. MSI also confirmed that the 15-inch model has two different memory sticks, 8 GB and 4 GB, for a total of 12 GB. The reason for two different memory sizes is unknown.

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  • soldier44
    1080p pfft.
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  • jasonelmore
    hope it has a dedicated gpu
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  • rwinches
    ^^'Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M'
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  • ATL_Tech_Guy
    Really, how is 1080p (vs 900p) business friendly ? Nobody wants to scale to 200% just to view spreadsheets and web-browsers. I'd think gamers would want 900p as well to avoid GPU meltdown.
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  • hst101rox
    Soldered CPU, meh.
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  • sullivang
    Still waiting for a 17" 3K+ laptop.
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