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MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG A13V Review: Power, 4K, Portability

Introducing the MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport A13V – a top-tier, on-the-go workstation tailor-made for creative experts. This device blends excellent performance and durability into a sleek, easily portable design.

NewForTech Opinion:

Pros:

  • Stunning 4K display
  • Nearly all-day battery life
  • Exceptional power for an ultra-portable device

Cons:

  • Not the most cost-effective choice
  • More potent alternatives exist
MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG A13V Review: Power, 4K, Portability

MSI STEALTH 16 MERCEDES-AMG MOTORSPORT A13V: QUICK REVIEW

MSI has teamed up with Mercedes AMG to create the Stealth 16 Studio A13V laptop, also known as the Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport A13V. This sleek 16-inch ultra-portable targets creative professionals, equipped with studio drivers and Windows 11 Pro. However, it blurs the line, showcasing impressive gaming capabilities as well.

The device boasts a 16-inch OLED screen with 4K resolution, perfect for professional video editing and gaming. While it offers a 60Hz refresh rate, it excels in DCI-P3 color and brightness, ideal for creative tasks.

MSI STEALTH 16 MERCEDES-AMG MOTORSPORT A13V: QUICK REVIEW

With a focus on weight reduction, the laptop weighs just 1.88kg, offering a reasonable battery life of up to 7 hours and 8 minutes. However, its performance doesn’t match bulkier workstations.

Gaming enthusiasts can expect 100 FPS on Full HD Ultra settings, but the true power of the Intel Core i9-13900H CPU and the 105W Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU shines when playing in QHD or 4K.

While slightly pricier than competitors like Razer and Asus, the MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport A13V delivers superior battery life for those willing to invest.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

  • Price: $2,899 / £2,399 / AU $5,499
  • Availability: Now in the US, UK, and AU
  • The bundle includes a gaming mouse, mousepad, dual USB, pouch, and cable tie.

SPECIFICATIONS

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-13900H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 (105W)
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 2TB SSD
  • Ports: HDMI 2.1, 3 x USB 3.2 (1 x USB-A, USB-C, and Thunderbolt), 3.5mm audio jack, MicroSD Card Reader, Ethernet
  • Screen: 16-inch OLED, 3840 x 2400 resolution, 60Hz, VESA DisplayHDR 600, 100% DCI-P3
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6E
  • Camera: IR FHD 1080p with privacy shutter
  • Weight: 4.19 lbs (1.9 kg)
  • Dimensions: 13.98 x 9.80 x 0.86 inches (355 x 249 x 2.19mm)

DESIGN

DESIGN
  • Features a 4K OLED screen
  • Equipped with powerful components
  • Boasts a good battery life
  • Ultra-portable 16-inch laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 and Intel i9 processor
  • Lightweight at 4.2lbs (1.88kg)
  • Premium magnesium-aluminum chassis, slim at 0.85 inches (2.2cm)
  • Subtle Mercedes branding
  • Membrane-based keyboard with per-key RGB backlighting
  • High-quality speakers by Burmester
  • Stunning 4K OLED display with Vesa DisplayHDR 600
  • Includes a 1080p webcam, infrared camera, fingerprint reader, and various modern ports and interfaces.

Design score: 4.5 / 5

MSI STEALTH 16 MERCEDES-AMG MOTORSPORT A13V REVIEW: PERFORMANCE

  • Balanced workstation performance
  • Speedy interface options

MSI STEALTH 16 MERCEDES-AMG MOTORSPORT A13V: BENCHMARKS

Here’s how the MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport A13V performed in our benchmark tests:

BenchmarkScore
3DMark: Port Royal7,171
3DMark: Time Spy Extreme5,599
3DMark: Time Spy11,709
GeekBench 5 (single-core)1,996
GeekBench 5 (multi-core)18,934
Cinebench R23 Multi-core19,278
Cyberpunk 2077 (1080p, Ultra)92 fps
RDR2 (1080p, Ultra)95 fps
Crystal DiskMark 8 (Read/Write)6473/4707 MB/s
PCMark 10 (Home Test)7,083 points
Battery Life (movie test)7 hours, 8 minutes

The MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport A13V features an Intel Core i9-13900H CPU and a 105W Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, offering impressive creative performance. While not the most potent CPU available, it handles demanding tasks effectively.

The 105W RTX 4070 GPU delivers commendable frame rates of around 100 fps at 1080p settings in modern games, outperforming the Apple MacBook Pro 16. The lower wattage GPU keeps pace with a 140W RTX 4070 in synthetic benchmarks, despite a slight performance gap.

MSI STEALTH 16 MERCEDES-AMG MOTORSPORT A13V REVIEW: PERFORMANCE

Expect a minor drop in performance under sustained loads, with higher-powered 4070 GPUs offering 5% to 8% better frame rates in gaming benchmarks.

The SSD achieves read speeds of 6473MB/s and write speeds of 4707MB/s, providing swift file transfers. Coupled with Wi-Fi 6E or a direct Gigabit Ethernet connection, content moves rapidly.

Performance score: 4 / 5

MSI STEALTH 16 MERCEDES-AMG MOTORSPORT A13V REVIEW: BATTERY LIFE

  • 7 hours, 8 minutes of light work
  • 6 hours, 36 minutes of movie playback
  • Less than 2 hours of gaming

Battery life is a standout feature of the Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport A13V. While it falls short of the MacBook Pro 16’s nearly 20-hour endurance, it surpasses standard gaming laptops by a significant margin.

Expect 7 hours and 8 minutes of light work and 6 hours and 36 minutes for 1080p movie playback. However, gaming usage will reduce battery life to less than 2 hours, making the charger essential for intensive tasks.

Battery life score: 3.5 / 5

SHOULD YOU BUY THE MSI STEALTH 16 MERCEDES-AMG MOTORSPORT A13V?

AttributeNotesRating
ValueExpensive, even for premium powerful devices.3.5 / 5
SpecsImpressive OLED, balanced CPU and GPU, generous SSD.4.5 / 5
DesignCohesive design, portable, nothing overly innovative.4 / 5
PerformanceSolid creative performance, capable of essential GPU tasks.4 / 5
Battery7 hours of light work, 1.7 hours of gaming.3.5 / 5
Average totalSolid performance, exceptional screen, good battery life.4 / 5

Buy it if…

  • Battery life is crucial.
  • You require a pro-grade screen.
  • Portability is a top priority.

Don’t buy it if…

  • You demand uncompromising performance.
  • You’re on a tighter budget.
  • You primarily need a gaming laptop with a faster screen.

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