CES 2020: MSI Preparing Creator 17 Laptop with Mini LED Monitorby Anton Shilov on January 14, 2020 1:00 PM EST
Mini LED-based Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlighting significantly improves brightness and contrasts of contemporary LCD monitors particularly when it comes to HDR games and videos. By now, a few companies have released desktop displays and televisions with Mini LEDs, but so far technology has not taken off. As it turns out, MSI is also prepping a Mini LED-powered product, its Creator 17 laptop.
The central part of the MSI Creator 17 notebook is its Ultra-HD 17-inch display with a Mini LED-based backlighting that boasts a 3840×2160 resolution as well as a peak brightness of 1000 nits, a not-so-common combination even for desktop LCDs and a unique for mobile PCs. Also, MSI says that the monitor can reproduce 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.
MSI does not reveal what is inside its Creator 17 desktop replacement notebook, but it is reasonable to expect the machine to have enough horsepower to run demanding DCC applications since this PC is clearly designed primarily for content creation. To some degree, a Thunderbolt 3 port and a UHS-III SD card reader (one of the industry’s first, by the way) highlight the target market for this mobile PC.
MSI does not talk about pricing or availability timeframe of its Creator 17. At present, MSI’s Creator 17 largely seems like a prototype (which is why MSI does not reveal specifications of its internal hardware), so it is hard to make predictions about its availability timeframe, though a good guess would be ‘this year’.
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extide - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkHopefully a Ryzen 4000H series chip!
Valantar - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkSadly no. Hopefully the next generation will make the switch.
Irata - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - linkWhile it would make a lot of sense to have an 8C16T CPU with reasonable power consumption (we‘ll have to wait for reviews to confirm that) under *load*, i.e. not necessarily an idle champion, I am afraid we‘ll end up with a four core CPU from the other CPU manufacturer.
dullard - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkWhy no photo of the main selling point?
Valantar - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkBecause a photo of a bright HDR display saved in an SDR file format and likely displayed on a dim SDR display will do absolutely nothing to demonstrate its qualities. The "best" you'll get is silly photoshop trickery like the area around the laptop looking dimmer than normal, which really doesn't help. Or just terrible, muddy dynamic range compression, of course, making everything look terrible.
dullard - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkBut we also have bezels, camera locations/cutouts, etc. to consider. Even if the screen is turned off, an image of the front would be nice to see.
GreenReaper - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkPerhaps they don't want you to see how big the bezels are.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkMaybe that part of the laptop simply doesn't exist.
shabby - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkLol content creating laptop... unless it's as thick as a brick to dissipate all that heat you'll be sleeping while it's creating stuff.
rpg1966 - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - linkYes, research has found that it's literally impossible for anyone to use a laptop more than 11mm thick.