MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (A12M) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

MSI’s Summit laptops have always provided quality and performance. They are pretty good-looking as well, which doesn’t hurt. Today we have a larger Summit device, which still tries to maintain its weight and thickness in check. This is why we have the Alder Lake P-series of processors instead of the more temperamental H-series, which needs extra cooling needs. There are also quality display options, with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a high 165Hz refresh rate.

Without wasting any more time, here are LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (A12M).

MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (A12M): Full Specs / In-depth Review

3 reasons to BUY the MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (A12M)

1. Design and build quality

The aluminum chassis is very sturdy, which is further enhanced by the glass display cover since this is a convertible and you need extra protection for the screen. The base does flex a little bit, but it is totally excusable when you factor in the 16.8 mm profile and the 1.90 kg weight. The design is minimal, with a matte black paint job and a low-key MSI logo.

On the sides, we see the I/O which covers a decent chunk of ground, with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 2) ports, an HDMI port, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

2. Battery life

With the P-series processors and an 82Wh battery, the laptop lasts for 12 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or 12 hours and 9 minutes of video playback, which is really balanced. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

3. Display quality

Both the FHD+ and QHD+ options offer great qualities. We went for the more modest option, which still delivers big, with comfortable viewing angles and a 307 nits peak brightness. The contrast ratio is a bit low, however, the display still covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut.

The colors also get really accurate with our Design and Gaming profile, reaching a dE value of 1.2. Here are our test results with both the stock settings (left) and with our profile applied (right).

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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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2 reasons NOT to buy the MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (A12M)

1. Upgradeability

For a 16-inch notebook, we expected better upgradeability. The device comes with soldered quad-channel LPDDR5 RAM. The storage is accessible through one M.2 PCIe x4 slot that fits Gen 4 drives.

Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the SSD.

2. Charger

The Evo model specifically comes with a 65W charging brick, which limits the amount of power that the CPU can access. This also causes a drop in performance, since there isn’t enough juice.

Intel Core i7-1280P (28W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo (A12M) 2.72 GHz @ 2.05 GHz @ 56°C @ 62W 2.01 GHz @ 1.60 GHz @ 51°C @ 34W 2.05 GHz @ 1.64 GHz @ 72°C @ 34W

You can see how in our stress test, the processor runs really really cool, despite Prime95 pushing it to its limits. Since there’s a lack of power, the CPU can’t clock as high and heat up properly.

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