The MSI Modern AM271P is one of the sexiest all-in-one PCs we’ve seen in a while, and it makes sense for folks who want a productivity system that doesn’t take up a lot of room.
This system, for example, has an Intel Core i7 processor but is smaller than a desktop monitor and only weighs 7.4kg. Considering that this system only costs £786 exc VAT, the hardware is remarkable, but the MSI also faces stiff competition from smaller systems and from MSI’s own, more portable AM241.
Review of the MSI Modern AM271P 11M: Design
In fact, the MSI AM271P is so tiny from front to back that you wouldn’t even know it was a computer. This computer’s components have been expertly crammed inside of it without increasing the machine’s footprint, and the complete assembly is no bigger than a typical 27-inch monitor.
The layout is simple and modest, with the components contained within a thicker band that spans the bottom of the back. The panel has thin bezels, the base is straightforward, and the plastic rear has brushed and glossy metal textures. We don’t have any qualms about the build quality because this is a durable, substantial system, and it won’t be noticeable or take up much room in the office. The MSI is rather simple to put together after you take it out of the box, however you will need a screwdriver. A crude on-screen display allows you to adjust the brightness and contrast levels.
The MSI features movement choices, just like the majority of displays. It has a respectable 130mm range of height adjustment, 24 degree tilt motion, and 75mm VESA mounting support. Regrettably, neither the MSI nor portrait mode usage support swiveling.
Review of the MSI Modern AM271P 11M: Cost and Availability
Amazon (opens in new tab) is presently charging $1,199 for the MSI Modern AM271P 11M. A 27-inch Full HD display, an Intel Core i7 mobile CPU, 16GB of Memory, and 512GB of SSD storage are all included in our evaluation unit. The all-in-one comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Pro, but you may upgrade to Windows 11 by installing the required updates (as is usual when first booting up a new PC).
Review of the MSI Modern AM271P 11M: both visual and aural
The 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display is perfect for web browsing, watching videos, and even playing a little bit of video games. I could fit many windows where I needed them on the screen as I worked because to the huge display.
The screen’s average brightness in the default user setting was found to be 102 nits, while it reached a maximum brightness of 113 nits in the center. If you think that’s not bright enough for you, switching to Designer mode seems to produce the most brightness improvements, as doing so increased the average brightness to 124.8 nits and resulted in a peak brightness of 142 nits being recorded in the middle of the display.
Review of the MSI Modern AM271P 11M: Performance
After working on the AM271 for about two weeks, I discovered that it was just as capable as both my personal computer and the laptop I use for business. The machine worked flawlessly whether I had ten or more tabs open, was taking part in conference calls, viewing films, using word processors, or even playing a few light games. The key factor influencing this computer’s performance is the Intel i7-1165G7 CPU. I might have mistaken this for a legitimate desktop CPU if I hadn’t known it was a mobile processor.
On the Geekbench 5.4 CPU benchmarks, the AM271 scored admirably, scoring 5,279 in the multi-core test and 1,588 in the single-core test. Its performance falls short of the 24-inch iMac’s 7,684 and 1,739 benchmark scores.
The all-in-one device transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 13 minutes and 10 seconds during our video encoding test, which involves the PC transcoding 4K video files using Handbrake. This exercise took the 24-inch iMac 13 minutes, 38 seconds to complete, giving the MSI Modern a rare victory against Apple’s M1-equipped iMac.
For those who are not familiar, the Intel i7-1165G7 is a modern mobile CPU from the Tiger Lake series that was developed after the unimpressive Ice Lake series debuted in 2018.
The processor is meant to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPUs, which are aimed at high-end ultraportable computers.
The Intel i7-1165G7, which is made using a new 10nm SuperFin technology, offers much faster clock rates and performance improvements over its Intel i7-1065G7 predecessor and is quick at single-core computing.
Moreover, it has a more advanced GPU than the standard Intel UHD Graphics unit using the Intel Iris Xe architecture.
The accompanying chipset can support Thunderbolt 4, Gen 4 PCIe on the microprocessor side of the bus, and up to 64GB of RAM.
Unfortunately, MSI chose not to incorporate Thunderbolt into its design.
The MSI Modern AM271P 11M’s hardware highlights how mobile platforms are rapidly approaching desktop performance, even though most users won’t be aware that’s what this system actually is.