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MSI Summit E16 Flip (2023) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Dec 12, 2023 at 03:34 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 18, 2024 at 12:15 pm
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7.5
School
7.5
Gaming
7.5
Multimedia
8.5
Workstation
7.7
Business

The MSI Summit E16 Flip (2023) is a mid-range 2-in-1 Windows laptop. It replaces the MSI Summit E16 Flip from 2022 (Intel 12th Gen). This 2023 version is available with an Intel 13th Gen Core i5 or i7 P-series CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics (Evo model) or an NVIDIA 40-series discrete GPU (RTX 4050 or 4060), up to 32Gb of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. Display options include a FHD+ and a QHD+ IPS panel; both have a 165Hz refresh rate and 100% DCI P3 coverage. It has a full-size keyboard with a Numpad, Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a 1080p webcam, and an 80Wh battery. While its port selection includes two USB-C ports, only models with Intel Iris Xe graphics (no discrete GPU) have Thunderbolt 4 support.

You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

7.5 School

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is good for school use. It feels well-built, and it isn't overly bulky for a 16-inch laptop, so it's relatively portable. It provides a good user experience overall with its bright, sharp display, comfortable keyboard, and large, responsive touchpad. Its Intel 13th Gen CPU and NVIDIA discrete GPU can handle fairly demanding workloads, making it suitable for students in fields like engineering and 3D graphic design. Unfortunately, it gets hot and loud under load, and its battery doesn't quite last a full day.

Pros
  • Fairly portable for a 16-inch device.
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle fairly demanding tasks.
  • Large screen for multitasking.
  • Comfortable keyboard, large touchpad.
Cons
  • Battery lasts less than eight hours of light use.
7.5 Gaming

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is good for gaming. It's available with Intel 13th Gen P-series CPUs and NVIDIA discrete GPUs, which are fast enough to deliver a fairly smooth gaming experience at 1080p or 1440p. You can configure the laptop with a 165Hz FHD+ or QHD+ display; both have a fast response time to deliver a clear image, though neither supports VRR to reduce screen tearing. Its keyboard is comfortable for long gaming sessions, and there's a good port selection if you want to connect another keyboard or an external monitor. Thermal throttling is minimal; however, the laptop does get hot and loud under load. RAM isn't user-replaceable, though the minimum 16GB is enough to run most games.

Pros
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle fairly demanding tasks.
  • Minimal thermal throttling under load.
  • 165Hz display with fast response time.
Cons
  • Gets hot and loud.
  • No VRR to reduce screen tearing.
  • Soldered RAM.
7.5 Multimedia

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is good for media consumption. It's fairly portable for a 16-inch device, and its battery lasts over six hours of video playback, giving you enough time to get through a couple of full-length movies. Since this is a 2-in-1 convertible, you can put the laptop in tent mode when viewing content or use it as a tablet. It has a bright, sharp, and colorful display; the downside is that it's an IPS panel with a low contrast ratio, so it isn't the best for dark room viewing. Unfortunately, while its speakers get very loud, they sound tinny and unnatural.

Pros
  • Bright display with 100% DCI P3 coverage.
  • Speakers get very loud with minimal compression.
  • Can set up laptop in tent mode for media consumption.
  • Battery lasts over six hours of video playback.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in dim settings.
  • Speakers sound tinny and unnatural.
8.5 Workstation

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is excellent for use as a workstation. It's available with powerful Intel 13th Gen P-series CPUs and discrete NVIDIA GPUs. These processors aren't the best you can get on the market; however, they're still adequate for demanding tasks like video editing and 3D graphics. The display has full DCI P3 coverage, so you can fully rely on it for your color-critical work. Thermal throttling on the CPU and GPU is minimal, but the laptop does get hot and loud under load. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable, and Thunderbolt 4 support is only available on models with integrated graphics.

Pros
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle fairly demanding tasks.
  • Minimal thermal throttling under load.
  • Bright display with 100% DCI P3 coverage.
  • Wide port selection.
Cons
  • Gets hot and loud.
  • No Thunderbolt 4.
  • Soldered RAM.
7.7 Business

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is good for business use. It isn't overly bulky for a 16-inch laptop, and its power adapter is also relatively compact, so you can easily bring it on business trips. It has a large, sharp display that's well-suited for multitasking, a comfortable keyboard, a responsive touchpad, and a great 1080p webcam. Its Intel 13th Gen CPU is more than adequate for productivity tasks like text processing, emails, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can even edit videos for your business, thanks to its discrete NVIDIA GPU. Its battery doesn't quite last a full workday, but it's close, so you only have to plug it in for a short time.

Pros
  • Fairly portable for a 16-inch device.
  • Large screen for multitasking.
  • Comfortable keyboard, large touchpad.
  • Good 1080p webcam.
  • Wide port selection.
Cons
  • Battery lasts less than eight hours of light use.
  • 7.5 School
  • 7.5 Gaming
  • 7.5 Multimedia
  • 8.5 Workstation
  • 7.7 Business
  1. Updated Jan 18, 2024: Added mention of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M3, 2023) as an alternative with a longer battery life in the Battery section.
  2. Updated Dec 19, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.2.
  3. Updated Dec 19, 2023: Added mention of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (M3, 2023) as an alternative with better thermal and noise performance in the Thermals and Noise section.
  4. Updated Dec 12, 2023: Review published.
  5. Updated Dec 05, 2023: Early access published.
  6. Updated Nov 22, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Nov 13, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Oct 27, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the MSI Summit E16 Flip (model A13VFT-060US) with a QHD+ display, an Intel Core i7-1360P CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, 32GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. The display, CPU, GPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Note: The MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (model A13M) is the same laptop but with integrated graphics only. It's the only model that supports Thunderbolt 4.

Screen
  • 16" IPS 1920 x 1200 165Hz Touchscreen with stylus support (100% DCI P3)
  • 16" IPS 2560 x 1600 165Hz Touchscreen with stylus support (100% DCI P3)
CPU
  • Intel Core i5-1340P (12 cores/16 Threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB Cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1360P (12 cores/16 Threads, up to 5.0 GHz, 18MB Cache)
GPU
  • Intel Iris Xe (integrated, A13M 'Evo' model)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6 (discrete, 45W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (discrete, 55W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
Memory
  • 16GB LP-DDR5 4800MHz
  • 32GB LP-DDR5 4800MHz
Storage
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
Color
  • Ink Black

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is a very good laptop overall. It has more processing power than most business-oriented laptops, great for those needing to do the occasional light video editing for their business. Its Intel P-series CPU isn't as fast as the H-series CPUs typically found in mobile workstations; however, it's still adequate for intensive workloads, making this laptop a good budget-friendly option for full-time content creators. Unfortunately, it's among the worst when it comes to heat and fan noise.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best workstation laptops, the best laptops for video editing, and the best laptops for programming.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023)

The MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (2023) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) are very different laptops. While both are 2-in-1 convertibles available with Intel 13th Gen P-series CPUs, the MSI is available with discrete graphics, making it a better option for those needing to do some intensive tasks like video editing and graphic design. The ASUS' smaller chassis and weaker cooling system cause more thermal throttling, so it's best suited for lighter productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023)

The MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (2023) and the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023) are both 16-inch 2-in-1 convertibles available with Intel 13th Gen CPUs. The main difference is that the MSI is configurable with discrete NVIDIA 40-series GPUs, while the Lenovo is only available with integrated graphics. The Lenovo feels slightly sturdier build-wise, and its battery lasts much longer. However, the MSI has a better 165Hz display with 100% DCI P3 coverage.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is better than the MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo for most uses. The MacBook Pro 16's build feels much sturdier, and its battery lasts almost twice as long. It has a brighter display with better contrast, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and significantly better-sounding speakers. It also has a wider port selection and doesn't get as hot or loud under load. On the other hand, the MSI is a 2-in-1 convertible with touch and pen input support, making it more versatile than the MacBook Pro. Also, it's a better option if you want to play some games on the side, as its display has a higher refresh rate and faster response time.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
2 in 1

The MSI Summit E16 Flip has a sleek, professional look with relatively thin bezels, a slightly wedge-shaped chassis, a full-size keyboard, and minimal branding. On the bottom, you can find the speakers near the front and air vents near the back. There are also air vents on the back of the laptop. It's only available in the Ink Black color scheme.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The MSI Summit's build quality is great. Its metal-and-plastic construction feels well-assembled and sturdy, exhibiting only a small amount of flex on the lid, display, and keyboard deck. The finish is relatively scratch-resistant, but like most dark-color finishes, it's a fingerprint magnet. The feet feel solid and stick firmly to the bottom.

10
Design
Hinge
Range
360°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
Yes

The MSI Summit has outstanding hinges. Since this is a 2-in-1 convertible, the hinges can rotate a full 360 degrees, allowing you to flip the screen into tent or tablet mode. They feel smooth when opening and closing the laptop, and they're very stable, exhibiting only a small amount of wobble when moving the laptop or typing aggressively. One-handed lift is possible; it's just hard to get a good grip, as there isn't a cutout or notch to hold onto.

7.1
Design
Portability
Size
16"
Thickness
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width
14.1" (35.7 cm)
Depth
10.2" (25.9 cm)
Volume
112.8 in³ (1,849.3 cm³)
Weight
4.8 lbs (2.2 kg)
Charger Size
13.3 in³ (217.3 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)

The MSI Summit isn't overly bulky or heavy; however, it's a 16-inch laptop nonetheless and might not fit into smaller backpacks or messenger bags. The 150W power adapter is relatively compact. MSI doesn't specify the size and weight of the 120W (models with RTX 4050) and 65W power adapter (models with Intel Iris Xe only), though they're likely smaller and lighter.

6.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
7.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The MSI Summit E16 Flip's serviceability is mediocre. Accessing the internals is relatively easy; you only need to remove seven Philips screws and undo the clips with a prying tool. The screws are of different sizes, so it's best to keep them organized to make the reassembly easier. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable. The storage slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

Design
In The Box

  • 150W power adapter and cord
  • MSI Pen
  • 2x pen tips
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Documentation

Note: Models with Intel Iris Xe have a 65W power adapter, while models with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU have a 120W adapter.

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
191 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
85%

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is available with the following displays:

  • IPS 1920 x 1200 Touchscreen with stylus support
  • IPS 2560 x 1600 Touchscreen with stylus support

Though marketed as a 16-inch device, the panel actually measures 15.8 inches diagonally. At this screen size, the difference between the FHD+ and QHD+ resolution is noticeable at typical viewing distances, as it's much easier to see the individual pixels on the FHD+ panel than on the QHD+ panel. Both displays have a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is quickly becoming the norm. It's great for productivity, as the increased vertical space—compared to a standard 16:9 display—lets you see more information when reading a document or website, so you don't have to scroll as much.

8.1
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The QHD+ display has a high refresh rate and fast response, resulting in a clear image with minimal ghosting in fast-moving scenes. The FHD+ is likely similar in performance. Unfortunately, neither display supports variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing when gaming.

7.0
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,123 : 1

The QHD+ display's contrast ratio is decent and within the typical range of most IPS panels, but it's relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA and OLED. This contrast level makes blacks look gray in dim settings. The FHD+ likely has the same contrast ratio.

7.8
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
382 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
20 cd/m²

The QHD+ display gets pretty bright. It's good enough for use in most indoor rooms, though you may still have some visibility issues in direct sunlight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing, as it helps reduce eye strain. The FHD+ display likely has the same brightness.

8.3
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
2.74%
Indirect Reflections
0.63%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.12%

The display's glossy finish handles reflections well. It mostly struggles with direct, mirror-like reflections, so it's best to avoid having bright light sources directly behind you, like a lamp or open window during the day. These reflections are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness.

6.4
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.742%

The display's black uniformity is passable. There's some clouding throughout the screen, and some backlight bleed near the corners. These uniformity issues are relatively minor, though. They're only noticeable when viewing dark content in a dim setting.

6.6
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
30°
Color Washout From Right
26°
Color Shift From Left
29°
Color Shift From Right
30°
Brightness Loss From Left
32°
Brightness Loss From Right
29°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
30°
Gamma Shift From Right
26°

The QHD+ display's horizontal viewing angle is okay. The image dims and washes out quickly as you move to the side. You can still share the screen with someone else for text documents and other casual content; however, it's best to be directly in front of the screen if you need perfect accuracy for color-critical work. The FHD+ panel likely has the same viewing angle.

6.5
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
28°
Color Washout From Above
24°
Color Shift From Below
26°
Color Shift From Above
29°
Brightness Loss From Below
30°
Brightness Loss From Above
27°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
30°
Gamma Shift From Above
28°

The QHD+ display's vertical viewing angle is okay. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image dims and washes when viewing from above and below, so you need to look at the screen more or less straight on to see an accurate image, which can be challenging in tight places where you don't have much room to tilt the screen, like on a bus or airplane.

7.1
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
2.79
Avg. Gamma
2.12
Avg. Color dE
3.98
Avg. Color Temperature
6,373.5 K

The QHD+ display's out-of-the-box accuracy is decent. The white balance inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot; however, color accuracy isn't quite as good, as the default color profile targets a wider DCI P3 color space, resulting in some oversaturation. The color temperature is a tad warmer than the standard 6500K target, giving the image a slight, almost imperceptible, reddish tint. The gamma follows a nearly flat 2.1 instead of the sRGB curve; most scenes look too bright, while dark scenes look too dark.

9.5
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
140.37%
sRGB uv
134.62%
Adobe RGB xy
89.01%
Adobe RGB uv
94.25%
DCI P3 xy
99.93%
DCI P3 uv
99.93%
Rec. 2020 xy
74.18%
Rec. 2020 uv
77.83%

The QHD+ display's color gamut is outstanding. It has full sRGB and DCI P3 coverage, making it suitable for content creation. Its Adobe RGB coverage is excellent; it's only missing the highly saturated greens. The FHD+ display has the same color gamut.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%
Interface
7.8
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.5
Numpad
Yes
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
67 gf
Actuation Force
31 gf
Pre-Travel
0.98 mm
Total Travel
1.53 mm

The MSI Summit has a good keyboard. The layout feels spacious and is easy to get used to, except for the Numpad, which seems more like an afterthought and feels rather cramped. The keycaps are stable but feel cheap for a laptop in its class. There's a good amount of key travel; the problem is inconsistency, as some keys have noticeably more travel than others. The amount of force required to actuate a key is also inconsistent, though most keys are light enough to not cause fatigue over an extended period. The backlight brightness is adjustable via a hotkey; the light looks slightly blue due to its cool color temperature.

8.6
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.5
Size
16.7 in² (107.4 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is excellent. Its large size makes it easy to perform actions like dragging and dropping over a long distance and other gestures. The tracking is excellent except around the edges, where it sometimes fails to register some touches. You can click anywhere on the touchpad; it's just a little harder to click towards the top. The buttons feel tactile and provide clear feedback.

6.1
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
79 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
9.3 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
4.4
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
236 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
11 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
1.0 dB

The MSI Summit's speakers get pretty loud with minimal compression artifacts at high volume levels. Unfortunately, they sound tinny and extremely unnatural, almost like a cheap synthesizer.

7.8
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
8.0
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
Yes

The MSI Summit E16 Flip has a good webcam. The image looks fairly detailed, with true-to-life colors; however, it's slightly overexposed, and there's some noise in darker areas. Voices sound loud and clear over the microphone, with almost no background noise. There isn't a physical privacy cover; the switch on the left side of the laptop only disables the camera at the software level.

Connectivity
7.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.1
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
MicroSD UHS 2
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The MSI Summit E16 Flip has a good port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed of up to 10Gbps. Both USB-Cs support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed; however, only the one closest to the back supports DisplayPort and Power Delivery. The latter allows for fast charging of the laptop and other PD-enabled mobile devices connected to the port. Unfortunately, Thunderbolt 4 support is only present on the Evo model (with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics only). Although MSI's specifications specify that the HDMI port can only output at a maximum resolution of 4k @ 60Hz, we can confirm that it can output a 4K @ 120Hz signal.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The MSI Summit E16's wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i7-1360P
Core Count
12
Thread Count
16

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i5-1340P (12 cores/16 Threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB Cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1360P (12 cores/16 Threads, up to 5.0 GHz, 18MB Cache)

Both processors are designed for thin and light laptops. They're a step up from the U-series typically found in most ultraportables, as they have more cores and operate at a higher wattage of 28W. The core count and composition are the same for both CPUs, each sporting four performance and eight efficiency cores. The only difference is that the Core i7 has faster clock speeds and a larger cache memory, giving it a slight performance increase over the Core i5. These CPUs can handle general productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, presentations, web browsing, video playback, and more demanding tasks like photo editing and programming.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
NVIDIA
Model
GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
Dedicated/Integrated
Dedicated
VRAM Size
8 GB

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is available with the following GPUs:

  • Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6 (discrete, 45W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (discrete, 55W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)

The choice of the GPU depends on your workload. If you only perform light productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, the Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU is more than adequate. However, if you plan on doing more intensive work like video editing and complex graphic design, getting a model with a discrete GPU is best. While the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 and 4060 are current-gen discrete GPUs that can handle such workloads, they're lower-tier models and run at a pretty low TGP (Total Graphics Power), so don't expect to get the best render times. The RTX 4060 is roughly 20% faster than the RTX 4050. For gaming, both GPUs can deliver smooth gameplay at 1080p. The RTX 4060 can run some games at 1440p, but you'll have to lower some low graphical settings to get playable frame rates.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
32 GB
Modules
8 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5
Speed
4,800 MHz

You can configure this laptop with 16GB or 32GB of RAM. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
2,000 GB
Usable Capacity
1,965 GB
Drive 1
Samsung MZVL22T0HBLB-00B00
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure this laptop with 1TB or 2TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

Performance
9.1
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,608 points
CPU Multi-Thread
5,778 points
GPU Compute
89,853 points

The MSI Summit E16 Flip's Intel Core i7-1360P performs well; however, you need to be in the Extreme Performance mode because the default Balanced profile throttles the CPU significantly (posted results) to save power. Switching to the Extreme Performance results in a single-thread score of 1727 and a multi-thread score of 9680, roughly a 7% and 68% performance increase, respectively. Its maximum performance is where we expect it to be for an Intel 13th Gen P-series CPU: better than a low-power U-series CPU but behind the more power-hungry H-series processors found in higher-performance mobile workstations and gaming laptops. The i7-1360P can handle fairly demanding workloads like programming and simulations. That said, if you're a professional and need the best performance to complete tasks faster, getting a laptop with an H-series CPU is best. The Core i5-1340P is only slightly slower than the i7-1360P.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 GPU is capable and can handle GPU-intensive tasks, but again, there are faster GPUs on the market. Like the CPU, it gets a boost in the Extreme Performance mode, scoring 94,054 in the GPU Compute test, roughly a 5% performance increase. The RTX 4050 can also handle demanding tasks; it'll just be slower. The Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics perform poorly and aren't suitable for any intensive workloads.

9.1
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,659 points
Multi-Thread
6,471 points

The overall score in Cinebench R23 is outstanding, but again, you need to be in the Extreme Performance mode to get the best results. The posted results only represent the default Balanced profile. The Extreme Performance mode boosts the single-thread and multi-thread performance by roughly 10% (1835) and 80% (11,504), respectively, making the Core i7-1360P suitable for intensive, multi-threaded applications and heavy multitasking. The Core i5-1340P is only slightly slower.

8.3
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
6.2 min
GPU Render Time
0.6 min
GPU Render Time (Optix)
19 s

The MSI Summit E16 Flip is great for Blender work, but only if you get a model with an NVIDIA discrete GPU. The Intel Iris Xe isn't suitable for 3D rendering. Switching to the Extreme Performance increases performance considerably, resulting in the following render times:

  • CPU: 3.46 minutes (45% faster)
  • GPU: 0.43 minutes (25% faster
  • Optix: 16 seconds (15% faster)

9.3
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
88,744

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 scores well in the Basemark GPU benchmark. This GPU can handle most games at 1080p without any problems and can even run some games at 1440p, albeit with low graphical settings. The RTX 4050 is slower but can still handle most games at 1080p. The Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU performs poorly and isn't ideal for gaming.

9.7
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,871.9 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
3,790.3 MB/s
Random Write Speed
135.2 MB/s
Random Read Speed
80.5 MB/s

The 2TB SSD's performance is outstanding, particularly its sequential read and random write speeds. Its fast speeds allow the system to boot up, launch apps, and transfer files quickly. The smaller-capacity SSDs are likely slower, as SSD speeds typically increase with storage size.

6.8
Performance
Battery
Capacity
80 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
7.6 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
6.4 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.6 hrs
Charge Time
2.0 hrs

The MSI Summit E16 Flip's battery life is okay. You only need to plug it in for a short time to get through a typical 8-hour workday. Switching to the Super Battery mode extends the battery life to around 8.3 hours of light use. Models with an FHD+ display and/or integrated graphics only will have longer battery life. If you want a workstation laptop with longer battery life, check out the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M3, 2023).

5.9
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
71 fps
1% Low
30 fps
0.1% Low
14 fps
1% Low Delta
20 ms
0.1% Low Delta
58 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
97 fps

Borderlands 3 doesn't run very smoothly in the default Balanced power profile. It's playable, but you have to play with low graphical settings to get smooth gameplay. Switching to the Extreme Performance mode results in a significant performance boost, increasing the frame rate to 87 fps with High settings and 165 fps with Low settings. The RTX 4050 can handle this game, too; you just have to play with lower settings to get playable frame rates.

We've run additional benchmarks in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Cyberpunk 2077 to give you a better idea of the performance on a Core i7 model with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 GPU. Here are the results in the Extreme Performance mode:

Red Dead Redemption 2 (1080p):

  • Avg FPS (high settings): 64 fps
  • Avg FPS On Very Low: 97 fps

Cyberpunk 2077 (1080p, DLSS: Auto, Frame Generation: On):

  • Avg FPS (Ultra): 102 fps
  • Avg FPS On Very Low: 123 fps
  • Avg FPS with ray tracing on Ultra: 70 fps
  • Avg FPS with ray tracing on Overdrive: 49 fps

7.0
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
100 fps
1% Low
43 fps
0.1% Low
31 fps
1% Low Delta
13 ms
0.1% Low Delta
23 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
201 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.75 s

Civilization VI runs decently well. The gameplay is smooth for the most part; there are occasional stutters, but they aren't severe enough to make the game unplayable. The average frame time is decent and within the expected range for an Intel 13th-Gen P-series CPU. The Extreme Performance mode improves performance considerably. Here are the results:

  • Avg FPS: 124 fps
  • Avg FPS On Very Low: 251 fps
  • Avg. Turn Time: 7.19 seconds

The Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics can also handle this game; however, you'll have to play with low graphical settings to reach playable frame rates.

6.2
Performance
Counter-Strike 2
Avg. FPS
114fps
1% Low
25fps
0.1% Low
14fps
1% Low Delta
31 ms
0.1% Low Delta
64 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
158fps

Counter-Strike 2 runs very well on the MSI Summit E16 despite what the results show. Although our frame data tool records significant frametime spikes, the actual gameplay is smooth, with few stutters. The Extreme Performance mode boosts the average frame rate to 140 fps with High settings) and 176 fps with Low settings. The RTX 4050 can handle this game without any issues; however, the Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU will have a hard time reaching playable frame rates.

6.5
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
87 fps
1% Low
37 fps
0.1% Low
23 fps
1% Low Delta
16 ms
0.1% Low Delta
32 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
97 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs reasonably well on the MSI Summit E16 Flip with an Intel Core i7-1360P CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU. The average frame rate in the default Balanced mode is high, but there are some noticeable stutters. The Extreme Performance mode improves the smoothness considerably, increasing the average frame rate to 107 fps with High settings and 119 fps with Low settings.

5.7
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
33 °C (91 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
56 °C (133 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
27.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
50.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
Yes

The keyboard is only mildly warm when idle, and the fans are on but barely audible. The keyboard gets much hotter under load and can cause some discomfort, especially around the Backspace key. The fans are pretty loud at full speed, producing a high-pitched whistling noise. If you want a laptop that doesn't get as hot or loud, check out the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (M3, 2023).

9.6
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
63 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
0% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
74 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
2% loss

The MSI Summit's performance over time is outstanding. Neither the CPU nor the GPU noticeably throttles under load. These are results obtained in the default Balanced profile. Switching to the Extreme Performance mode results in a much higher CPU temperature of 95°C (203°F) and an 8% performance loss.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The MSI Summit E16 Flip has many pre-installed applications, including:

  • MSI Center: Lets you see system information and monitor system statuses like CPU and memory usage, fan speed, and CPU temperature. You can also change the performance/fan profile, scan for updates, access support forums, and contact online support.
  • MSI Pen: Lets you customize the stylus' buttons.
  • Norton 360: Antivirus and internet security software. Requires subscription.
  • Solitaire & Casual Games: Solitaire, FreeCell, Spider, Mahjong, Sudoku, and other casual games.
  • Spotify: App for the music streaming service.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
Yes
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Face Recognition and Fingerprint Sensor

The MSI Summit has a fingerprint sensor and an IR facial recognition camera. You can use either one to log in quickly, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.

This laptop supports pen input and comes with an MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol) 2.0 stylus. This pen supports tilt and 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, with a report rate of 266Hz. The built-in rechargeable battery can last up to 65 hours of use. You can charge it via the USB-C port on the side of the pen. Two extra pen tips are included in the box; the softer tip gives a more paper-like feel, while the harder tip feels more like writing on glass.