[Video] Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the MSI Modern 15 A11X

So MSI, a company that is mostly known for its powerful gaming-oriented hardware and laptops, is trying to diversify its portfolio by creating new devices that are most suited towards the general audience.

The MSI Modern brand does exactly that and the new Modern 15 A11X comes in at a great price, considering the hardware that you’re getting with it. Moreover, it presents the new visual aesthetic that MSI has chosen, along with the new logo of the company. The laptop comes with two options for a Tiger Lake processor, which includes the quite capable Iris Xe Graphics G7.

Today we are presenting you with our top 5 picks about the MSI Modern 15 A11X.

MSI Modern 15 A11X: Full Specs / In-depth Review

3 reasons to BUY the MSI Modern 15 A11X

1. Design and Build quality

We really like the new design language that MSI has chosen for its new devices. Also, the body uses premium materials, such as aluminum alloy, which makes the laptop be very thin and lightweight considering that it is a 15-inch device. It weighs 1.60 kg and is 16.9 mm thick. However, despite the metal build, the body suffers from major flexes with the touchpad registering clicks when you swap the direction of the twist.

The lid is less flexible and it almost opens with a single hand. The bezels on the screen are really thin and on par for 2021. Overall, the body of the laptop is really modern, while not being intrusive.

2. The Upgradeability

The upgradability is superb here, with the laptop having two SODIMM RAM slots and two M.2 PCIe x4 drives for further RAM and SSD expansion. They can be accessed by unscrewing the screws on the bottom panel and popping the plate with a plastic pry tool. Beware, however, that there is a sticker on one of the screws, which in some regions may act as a warranty sticker, and by damaging it you void your warranty.

3. The Performance

The laptop comes with either the Core i5-1135G7 or the Core i7-1165G7, both of which are fantastic processors and can handle any task without an issue. Of course, the Core i5 is a bit limited when it comes to heavy resource tasks, and if you want maximum performance you should opt-in for the Core i7 model. The CPUs come with Intel’s integrated GPU solution, the Iris Xe Graphics G7. There is a difference between the one in the Core i5 and the one in the Core i7, in the number of execution units. This means that the Core i7’s GPU is better.

Below are some results of CPU and GPU benchmarks.

CPU benchmarks

GPU benchmarks

2 reasons NOT to buy the MSI Modern 15 A11X

1. The Battery life

Unfortunately, the battery life on this thing isn’t what we thought it was gonna be. The Tiger Lake CPUs are super power-efficient and if we had to guess we would have said that the battery would last for around 9 to 10 hours. However, in our battery life test, the device’s 52Wh battery unit managed to last for 5 hours and 58 minutes of Web browsing, and 5 hours of video playback.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.

2. The Display

Finally, we have to mention the display, It comes in at a diagonal of 15.6-inches and has a Full HD resolution, IPS panel. Although it has comfortable viewing angles and a good contrast ratio, its color coverage comes in at 50%, which is important if you perhaps are studying art or graphic design or are just passionate about it. Fortunately, the screen doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness so your eyes will at least be healthy if you use the laptop for a prolonged period of time, which we assume you would.


Moving over to the color accuracy, both with the factory settings (left) and with our “Gaming and web design” profile (right), the panel couldn’t reach a value that matches the standard.

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.


Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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