MSI just launched a new laptop lineup for content creators: The Modern series (weird name, isn’t it?) powered by AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 (Renoir) processors will sell for just $649 for the barebones variant. It’s supposed to feature the entire 15W Ryzen 4000-U family, so the starting models with likely come with the Ryzen 3 4300U or at best the 4500U. According to sources, support will extend up to the Ryen 7 4800U with as much as 64GB of DDR4-3200 RAM across two channels.
Storage support, however, is limited to a single NVMe/SATA based SSD (possibly up to 2TB). The display is a 1080p (FHD) screen, most likely an IPS panel with high brightness and a single-color backlit keyboard. For connectivity, you get to choose between an 802.11 ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v5
802.11 or an ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth v5.1.
The speakers and the battery are the impressive bits: 2x 2W speakers and a 52Whr battery powered by a 65W adapter. All this comes in just a 1.3kg chassis with a thickness of 1.69cm. You can choose between two colors: Onyx Black or Bluestone. And yes, it does come with a Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack. There are both Intel and AMD variants. The former consists of Comet Lake-U chips, a notably worse choice both in terms of the CPU as well as the iGPU. Despite that though, availability is much better for Intel models.