MSI Pro AP242: One-minute review
The MSI Pro AP242 is a complete PC for users who need a simple and inexpensive desktop. Aside from the simple general task, from secretarial work to media consumption or web browsing, there’s not much else to do with the all-in-one.
In terms of specs, the Pro AP242 doesn’t have a lot going on, and everything about the all-in-one is completely no-frills, including the plastic construction itself. Those who don’t mind playing complex games remotely or using something like Adobe Suite and who intend to spend more time checking emails and using Google Docs will get something out of this PC.
Those trying to push it remotely will find sluggish performance that will sometimes crash certain software, and it will lag behind many of the best all-in-one computers on several performance fronts, including some that are more competitive in price.
The full-HD display features Tobii software for privacy, along with MSI’s Eye Care technology to reduce eye strain, but that’s about it. Even the speakers sound below average, so headphones will be a better option. Fortunately, the 1080p webcam (with decent lighting) and microphone work well enough for video conferencing.
Aside from affordability, setting up the Pro AP242 is a relatively simple experience and the solid wireless keyboard and mouse combo gets the job done too. Add a three-year warranty to the mix and there’s some value in the MSI Pro AP242 for those who can manage expectations.
MSI Pro AP242: Pricing and Availability
- Only available in the US for now
- Starting at $843 through Office Depot
MSI Pro AP242 Core Specifications
Here they are MSI Pro AP242 configuration sent to for review:
CPU: Intel Core i5-12400
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
HIT: 8GB DDR4
Screen: 23.8″ FHD IPS-Grade 1920×1080, LED, Matte
Store: 250GB NVMe M.2 SSD
ports: 2x USB-A 2.0 / 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 / USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 / USB-C 3.2 / HDMI out 2.0 / DP out 1.4 / RJ45 / Mic-in / Line-out / Kensington lock / DC Jack
Connectivity: WiFi 6 (802.11ax) 2.4Gbps, Dual Band 2.4GHz, 5GHz / Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: Built in 1080p (FHD) with dual array microphone
Weight: 10.21 pounds (4.63 kg)
Size: 21.34 x 8.97 x 16.79 inches (541.93 x 227.93 x 426.45 mm)
The MSI Pro AP242 is available now exclusively through Office Debot in six configurations, with additional resellers coming soon. For $943, the configuration provided for review (specs on the right) comes in a black color only.
Interestingly, the same specs with 500GB SSD storage are $843 in black and white, but with only a one-year warranty.
Potential buyers looking for something a little more powerful can get the all-in-one with Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, and a three-year warranty for $1,192, in black only.
There’s also a similar spec pack with a 500GB SSD and a blank one-year warranty for $1,092.99. According to the MSI website, a black version will be released soon.
UK and Australian citizens will have to wait a while for the PRO AP242. Speaking with an MSI representative, we were told that the all-in-one will be available in both “down the line” markets since the previous AP241 was released there.
MSI Pro AP242: Project
- Bland with low quality speakers
- The screen is so bland but it doesn’t wear out the eyes
- Decent number of ports
Functionality at all costs is the best way to describe the MSI Pro AP242. A bland plastic black design that looks like it was made for public school libraries and reception desks, but assembles quite easily. Simply snap the base into the neck of the stand and attach a few small clamps to the back of the all-in-one.
The included keyboard and mouse connect wirelessly via a USB-A transmitter, so getting to the Windows 11 boot splash screen isn’t much of a problem. Keyboard and mouse input isn’t special, but it gets the job done. Expect keyboard strokes crisp enough for Mavis Beacon sessions and smooth cursor work when navigating Google Maps.
There are a respectable number of gateways as well. Two USB-A ports are on the right side at the back of the display, while the rest are facing down. The other three USB-A ports hang down for cable management from the table’s circular hole.
As two external 3W speakers have quite low volume even in a quiet room and sound a bit hollow, users will be better off with some headphones through the Mic-in/Line-out ports.
Multitaskers can also connect to multiple displays via HDMI and Display Port 1.4, but that will likely strain the integrated graphics here. Screen adjustment is a problem as the screen can only be raised and lowered. Don’t expect to spin up and down or anything like that. Connectivity is also pretty standard with the RJ45 ethernet port, Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
The Matte LED HD screen won’t impress movie buffs or content curators, but it’s comfortable to look at for extended periods of time.
MSI Pro AP242: Performance
- Performance is good enough for general computing tasks
- Don’t expect any moderately intensive content creation here
- Definitely don’t expect to play on this computer.
Here’s how the MSI Pro AP242 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
Cinebench R23 Multi-core: 8793
3DMark Weather Spy: 695 Fire Attack: 1954 Night Attack: 9037
GeekBench 5: 1677 (single-core) 6193 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 2766
The default 1080p display on the MSI PRO AP242 is acceptable as it can only handle so much. If you use it for word processing and check emails with the occasional Twitter rant, you’ll be fine. That said, this is an expensive machine for what is effectively the performance level of a cheap Ultrabook.
Opening standard Windows apps like Microsoft Store and Office was very easy. Just pay a little attention to how many Google Chrome tabs are open at once.
The most anyone can do creatively is edit short 1080p videos or fix mid-res photos, and watching standard HD videos on YouTube wasn’t a problem either.
Between Intel UHD graphics and low RAM, playing the best PC games of the last five to ten years is definitely a no-no. Aside from some simpler CPU-focused games that don’t have high visual fidelity, anything remotely demanding will run terribly, if at all.
We couldn’t even compare anything to Total War: Warhammer III on the lowest settings without the game simply crashing on the desktop.
Should you buy an MSI Pro AP242?
Don’t buy if…
MSI Pro AP242: Bulletin
|Value||At a range under $1,000, this all-in-one gets the job done and comes with a good warranty.||3/5|
|Project||It has a lot of doors, but the overall look and feel is giving vibes to the local DMV office.||2.5 / 5|
|acting||There’s not much to do other than simple tasks like browsing the web, streaming music, watching YouTube videos, or basic productivity tasks.||2.5 / 5|
|Total (Average)||An absolutely mediocre all-in-one PC, you can at least get this one pretty cheap, but it’ll look the part too.||2.8 / 5|
- First reviewed in August 2022
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