Ultrabook with discrete graphics are no longer considered a rarity. Not so long ago we tested the model HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. Admittedly, the combination of a 4-core processor Kaby Lake Refresh and GeForce MX150 looks quite viable. Well, what happened with the MSI? Let’s find out!


Specifications, equipment and

I note that series laptop PS42 is divided into three quite seriously distinguished category. To me in hands got the MSI PS42 8RB, soldered graphics GeForce MX150. However, in selling you will encounter perhaps the most interesting option — PS42 Modern 8RC. This laptop uses a version of GeForce GTX 1050 at Max-Q design. Finally, the category of PS42 8M laptops are deprived of a “green” GPU. The table below shows all possible combinations of MSI PS42 8RB.

MSI PS42 Modern 8RB
Display 14″, 1920 × 1080, IPS
The CPU Intel Core i7-8550U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1,8 (4,0) GHz, 15 W
Intel Core i5-8250U, 4/8 cores/threads, and 1.6 (3,4) GHz, 15 W
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620 + NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2 GB
RAM 8 or 16 GB DDR3-2400, 1 channel
SSD 256 or 512 GB PCI Express 3.0 x4
Interfaces 1 × HDMI
2 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
2 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack acoustics/microphone
1 × card reader
Built-in battery 50 W•h
External power supply 65W
Dimensions 322 x 222 x 16 mm
Weight 1.19 kg
Operating system Windows 10 x64 Home
Guarantee 1 year
Price in Russia, by data “Yandex.Market” From 68 000 rubles

As you can see, today, the testing involved maximum pumped version of MSI PS42 8RB, which has a Core i7, 16 GB of DDR4-2400 and the SSD 512 GB. For such a configuration in Moscow computer stores the average asking 91 000.

Wireless network implemented by the controller Intel Wireless-AC 3168, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2.

Complete with MSI PS42 8RB, what is nice, is a compact power supply capacity of 65 watts and a mass of about 200 grams.

Appearance and input device

The manufacturer claims that ultrabooks series PS42 is an elite level. Test the 3DNews laboratory has tested many similar (compact and light) devices, and without exception, firms try to create something memorable. MSI is no exception. Thus, the case PS42 8RB entirely made of aluminium. Interestingly, the cover logo emblazoned with a dragon — brand label gaming devices Taiwanese company. Ultrabook is really light, its mass is only 1,19 kg. the thickness of the device does not exceed 16 mm. Indeed, PS42 8RB compact and easy to carry the device in my backpack comfortably.


Laptop cover is provided with a fairly tight loops — they are clearly positioning the display that can be rotated 180 degrees. Only here to open the cover MSI PS42 8RB one hand, alas, will not work.

The manufacturer draws attention to the time that the display takes up 80% of the area of the cover. The frame MSI PS42 8RB — thin and account for only 5.7 mm. However, it is on three sides out of four. The bottom frame of the laptop was quite large — in part because there has a webcam.


All interfaces are located at the notebook’s sides. Heated air exits through the two bars on the back side.

Left at MSI PS42 8RB withdrawn plug power supply, HDMI-out, USB 3.1 Gen1, C-type and a 3.5 mm jack; on the right is another USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C USB 3.1 Gen1 two Type-A and reader. Ports set in the device is considered optimal. Their location also. Probably, for 100% happiness, this laptop lacks USB 3.1 Gen2, but the presence of HDMI out and card reader personally makes me very happy.

Keyboard MSI PS42 8RB very much like the input device used in ultrabook HP Spectre 13. Because the keys Home, PgUp, PgDn and End are assembled in the far right column. This location should be used, and in General to use the keyboard MSI PS42 8RB convenient.

On these buttons to “hang” additional functions activated simultaneously with the Fn key. The latter, incidentally, is located on the right — I suppose it was done to activate them with one hand.

Lights in MSI PS42 8RB is ambiguous. She is white and has four levels of brightness. In the daytime the lighting merges with the keys, if you select any brightness level but the highest.

Touchpad from MSI PS42 8RB really small. It seems that we are faced with a certain trend. For a long time to get used to the touchpad don’t have, so that any claims can not be. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures to Windows and handwriting. And the touchpad is equipped with a fingerprint sensor supports Windows Hello.

About webcam MSI PS42 8RB especially nothing to say. It supports a resolution of 720p at a frame rate of 30 Hz. Image quality, as you might imagine, turns out to be below average. Skype — will go for something more serious (e.g., streaming) — no. Moreover, it is located in the lower part of the body. Hello second chin in the video, even if you don’t have it!

The internal structure and capabilities upgrade

In theory MSI PS42 8RB very simple understand — Unscrew 12 screws and unfasten the bottom. Only here at me at the last stage there was a specific problem. Laptop cover do not give themselves “to tear.” Zealous with the removal of bottoms, I did not: breaking test equipment is not our method.

However, it is known that to remove the bottom MSI PS42 8RB virtually meaningless. You will see the PCB, but only the SSD and RAM installed from the opposite (inner) side. To replace the SSD, it turns out, will have to dismantle the motherboard entirely.

And yet we know that in MSI PS42 8RB uses a fairly efficient cooling system — and separate. So, from the CPU heat dissipation and one copper tube, and a GPU or two. As I said, the warmed air leaves the housing through the rear wall.

In the test configuration MSI PS42 8RB installed 16 GB of RAM DDR4-2400 — uses one module Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD. And installed NVMe drive, Samsung MZVLB512HAJQ.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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