MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR, Ultrabook 15″ Versatile Black Intel Alder Lake Light Fast & Thin Windows 11 – LaptopSpirit

Our opinion on the MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR

Discreet with its thin and light black design, the MSI Modern 15 B12M-001NL is a versatile laptop PC equipped with 16 GB RAM and an Alder Lake Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake Intel processor with 10 cores and Iris Xe graphics solution to run modest games and perform modest multimedia work. Equipped with a 15-inch IPS Full HD display running Windows 11, this Ultrabook is also equipped with a backlit keyboard or even connectivity with Wi-Fi 6 ax and USB-C.

Features of the MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR

Screen(s) 14” Full HD LED IPS thin bezels (1920×1080, anti-glare)
Processor Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake (1.3 GHz, 10 cores: 2 P-cores/8 E-cores, TDP 15W)
Installed RAM (max.) 16GB DDR4 3200MHz (soldered)
Graphics Card Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
connectors 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 2 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI (4K@30Hz), microSD
Network Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.2
Backlit keyboard Yes (white, 1.5mm stroke)
Numeric Keypad Yes
Windows Hello
audio system 2 speakers (2x 2W)
Operating system Windows 11 64 bit
Announced runtime / Battery 7 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 39.3Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 1.7kg / 359 x 241 x 19.9mm

The MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR against the competition

The MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR is currently shown in Promotion at ‘s house Cybertek and GrosBill† It meets many competitors in its category, where it is one of the few to offer such a recent processor with such a large number of cores (Alder Lake), but also runs on Windows 11.

Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR

It has an understated look with its thin and light black design that is robust due to its adherence to the US military resistance standard MIL-STD-810G.

This versatile Ultrabook is equipped with good connectivity options consisting of 1 USB-C, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to, for example, a TV, Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than wifi ac) and Bluetooth 5.1 for external connections and communication, an audio port as well as 3 USB, 1 of which is USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0) which guarantees transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.

The chiclet keyboard can be backlit, which is very useful for better distinguishing them when the ambient light is limited.

MSI Modern 15 B12M-001NL

The screen is anti-glare making it easier to read in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy panel. It also lends itself very well to the display of videos and more generally High Definition content as it uses a 16:9 format coupled with a Full HD definition. In addition, thanks to the IPS technology, the screen has significant viewing angles, both vertically and horizontally.

Performance, autonomy of the MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR

The MSI Modern 15 B12M-001FR is a discreet High Definition compact laptop intended for everyday versatile mobile use.

Many users will be pleased with the overall performance of this thin and light versatile laptop PC as it is equipped with 16 GB RAM and a power efficient Intel Alder Lake Core i5-1235U processor with 10 hybrid cores.

This core will satisfy those who occasionally do modest multimedia work with RAM and multicore (eg video conversion, photo editing).
However, it is better to opt for a PC with a non-low-power processor and/or a suitable dedicated graphics card if you plan to do heavy work in processor and/or graphics resources often.

There is no dedicated graphics card on board here, all graphics are managed by the Iris Xe graphics solution integrated into the Core i5 Alder Lake-U. In practice, this allows you to view photos and videos, but also indulge yourself in modest games.

In terms of storage, MSI opts for this versatile black Ultrabook for a silent SSD but also less energy-consuming than a hard drive, more robust and much faster.

MSI Modern 15 B12M-001NL

In practice, in particular, the SSD guarantees start/stops, processing and launches of applications much faster than a hard drive or even faster arrival on the cards of online games.
Overall, the SSD offers much better response and fluidity on a daily basis.

What if 512 GB turns out to be too small? You can use an external storage space. Preferring a USB-C / USB 3.0 device is then an interesting solution for getting fast transfers.

As for autonomy, expect about 7 hours of battery life in light use for this Ultrabook, whose weight and finesse make it easier to transport.

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