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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Gateway 15.6" is positioned at a lower midrange price point and may cost somewhat more than the MSI Modern 14, which is priced as a budget option. The Gateway features an Intel processor and its integrated graphics, suited for everyday tasks but not intensive gaming, whereas the MSI has an AMD Ryzen processor with Vega graphics, which might provide slightly better graphics performance but still not ideal for heavy gaming. Both laptops have the same amount of storage and RAM, meaning they should offer comparable multitasking capabilities. The Gateway's larger screen size could be better for multitasking and entertainment, but it's heavier, making it less portable than the MSI. Despite its superior screen size, the Gateway has lower brightness and color space coverage compared to the MSI, which means the MSI might provide better color reproduction for visual tasks. However, the MSI has a shorter battery life, which could be a downside for on-the-go use. For connectivity, both laptops provide USB-C ports, but the Gateway lacks an additional RAM slot, which limits future upgrade options compared to the MSI. If you value a backlit keyboard and numeric keypad, the Gateway includes these features, while the MSI only offers a backlit keyboard. Consider the Gateway 15.6" if a larger screen and numeric keypad are important and you don't mind carrying a heavier laptop. Choose the MSI Modern 14 for better portability, color reproduction, and future upgradability with an extra RAM slot, but be prepared for shorter battery life. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Gateway 15.6"
  • The Gateway 15.6" has no clear advantages over the MSI Modern 14.
Advantages of the MSI Modern 14
  • Good for engineering and design
  • Good for software development
  • Good overall build quality
  • Very good portability
  • Good speakers
  • Good keyboard

Key differences

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Screen Quality

6.1
15.6"
Modern 14
6.4
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
250.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
311.0 nits
The MSI Modern 14 has a better screen than the Gateway 15.6" for general use, engineering and design, and content creation.

Battery

8.0 Hours
15.6"
Modern 14
6.0 Hours
The Gateway 15.6" has 8 hours of battery life. The MSI Modern 14 has 6 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
15.6"
Modern 14
Very Good
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
4.8 lbs
WEIGHT
3.0 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The MSI Modern 14 has very good portability, while the Gateway 15.6" has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

5.1
15.6"
Modern 14
7.0
The MSI Modern 14 has good build quality, while the Gateway 15.6" has poor build quality.

Cost

$497
15.6"
Modern 14
$549
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The Gateway 15.6" has a price of $497 and the MSI Modern 14 costs $549.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.0
15.6"
Modern 14
7.2
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
250.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
311.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
5.3/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.3/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.6/10
The MSI Modern 14 and Gateway 15.6" are both good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.1
15.6"
Modern 14
6.2
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
8.7/10
The MSI Modern 14 and Gateway 15.6" are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

6.5
15.6"
Modern 14
7.0
4.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
5.6/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers MSI Modern 14 to be good for engineering and design, while the Gateway 15.6" is only fair.

Content Creation

7.0
15.6"
Modern 14
7.2
4.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
5.6/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The MSI Modern 14 and Gateway 15.6" are both good for content creation.

Software Development

6.8
15.6"
Modern 14
7.1
4.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
5.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
5.3/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers MSI Modern 14 to be good for software development, while the Gateway 15.6" is only fair.

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How the Gateway 15.6" and the MSI Modern 14 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Gateway 15.6"MSI Modern 14
Gateway 15.6"MSI Modern 14

GENERAL

Price
$497
$549
Release Date
August 1, 2021October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.8'' x 9.5'' x 0.77''12.7'' x 8.7'' x 0.63''
Weight
4.8 lbs3.08 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-1135G7AMD Ryzen 5 7530U
Graphics
Iris Xe G7 Vega 7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
Unknown39 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"14"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
250 nits311 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.1/107/10
Portability Score
7.3/108.7/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
7/108.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
N/AWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
5.3/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
6/107/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
NoYes
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Ports
00

Shopping

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Gateway 15.6"

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PCMag

Francisco Lahoz | July 2022
"Some concessions have to be made when shopping for a budget laptop. Walmart's Gateway Ultra Slim laptops succeeds on the affordability front and delivers serviceable specs and good battery life, though it's hard to claim it's the best (or even particularly good) at any particular aspect. Its build quality, especially the touchpad, is mediocre, and its performance is decent but doesn't lead the way. The Gateway does undercut the cost of some competitors and offers ample storage with good connectivity, so it's not to be ignored."

MSI Modern 14

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Rtings

Alexander Tozzi, Ryan Lim, and John Peroramas | October 2023
"The MSI Modern 14 is okay for school use. It's very compact, so it's easy to carry around. It has a sharp display, a spacious keyboard, and a reasonably large touchpad. Its Intel 13th Gen CPU and integrated graphics can handle general productivity tasks like text processing and web browsing; however, don't expect to do anything intensive like 3D modeling or physics simulations. Unfortunately, the battery lasts less than five hours of light use, and the display doesn't get bright enough to combat glare."

Get a great deal on the Gateway 15.6" or the MSI Modern 14

About Gateway

Gateway is a laptop and tablet brand owned by Acer which sells budget-friendly laptops exclusively through Walmart. It was previously an American computer company until its acquisition by Acer in 2007, who then revived the brand in 2020. Gateway laptops are manufactured by Chinese company Shenzhen Bmorn Technology, which also makes EVOO-branded models.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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