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MSI challenges Lenovo and HP with tile-tracking laptops

Enlarge / MSI today introduced the E14 Flip Evo 2-in-1 (pictured).

The newest laptops in MSI’s highest-end productivity and business line should now be easier to locate if you misplace them. Refreshed Summit laptops include a new model, the Summit E14 Flip Evo, and they take inspiration from HP and Lenovo laptops by incorporating Tile’s Bluetooth trackers.

Once users activate the feature in the preloaded Windows Tile app (which requires internet), they can use Tile’s smartphone app to find their missing PC. The distance from which the phone can track the laptop varies depending on the Bluetooth version of the phone, an MSI representative told Ars Technica. For example, with Bluetooth 5.0, tracking will work up to 400 feet away, MSI said.

MSI’s new Summit laptops will be able to use Tile’s Ring My PC feature, which makes the PC make a noise if it’s within Bluetooth range, even if the PC is turned off.

Tile also supports a proximity meter and can show you the most recent tracked location of the lost PC. The Tile Network can also alert you if someone with a smartphone using the Tile app approaches the laptop.

MSI’s inclusion of Tile brings the Summit series in line with HP’s business and user-ready productivity laptops, such as the EliteBook 1000, EliteBook 800 G8, and Zbook Firefly G8 series. HP was the first brand to sell laptops with built-in Tile trackers, and Lenovo followed suit with its ThinkPad line (X1 and T series). With people working more and more on the go, it’s a good time to make money by making powerful laptops, which are getting smaller and smaller, a little easier to find.

Other security considerations for the new Summit laptops include physical covers for 1080p webcams, support for fingerprint and facial recognition logins, and Tobii Aware. The latter is similar to a feature used by Lenovo, including in some non-business laptops, which locks the laptop or blurs its screen once the camera sees that you are no longer looking or someone is looking through. over your shoulder,

Specifications and sizes

MSI’s announcement today includes the introduction of a 14-inch version of the Summit Flip Evo line of 2-in-1 laptops.

MSI also refreshed its Summit E14 Evo, E13 Flip Evo (pictured), E16 Flip and E16 Flip Evo today.
Enlarge / MSI also refreshed its Summit E14 Evo, E13 Flip Evo (pictured), E16 Flip and E16 Flip Evo today.

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The Summit E14 Flip Evo, like the refreshed Summit E14 Evo, Summit E13 Flip Evo, Summit E16 Flip and Summit E16 Flip Evo, upgrades to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P processor. While Summit’s wider line includes offerings for integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics or a step up to an Nvidia RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti laptop GPU, the new Summit E14 Flip Evo only has integrated Iris Xe graphics. Its screen, however, has the highest resolution in the Summit range: 2880×1800. RAM is up to 32GB LPDDR5-4800, and the 14-inch convertible comes with up to 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD.

MSI’s Summit E14 Flip Evo has the same ports as its non-flip counterpart: two Thunderbolt 4 ports, USB-A (3.2 Gen 2, a microSD card reader, HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

MSI’s most configured Summit E14 Flip Evo will be the most expensive in the Summit lineup at $1,800 (starting price $1,500). The E16 series will cost $1,549 to $2,199 and the E13 Flip Evo will cost $1,400 to $1,700.