Apparently laptops with OLED displays are old hat, because MSI is introducing the first laptop with newfangled Mini LED display that it says offers better brightness, contrast, and efficiency.

The upcoming MSI Creator 17 will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

MSI says the Mini LED technology means the laptop has a thinner, more efficient backlight that can distribute light more uniformly than other technologies. There are 240 zones of local dimming control and the laptop’s 4K display will support up to 1,000 nits of brightness, 100-percent DCI-P3 color gamut, and the DisplayHDR 1000 standard. It also shouldn’t suffer from the burn-in issues associated with OLED.

While MSI isn’t sharing the price, release date, or detailed specs yet, we do know that the laptop will include:

  • USB Type-C port with support for 8K video output
  • Thunderbolt 3 port with 27W (9V/3A) output for charging mobile devices
  • UHS-III SD card reader (top speeds of 624MB/s)

Other features include a full-sized Ethernet and HDMI ports, separate mic and headphone jacks, and three USB Type-A ports.


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3 replies on “MSI Creator 17 could be the first laptop with a Mini LED display”

  1. As it’s intended to be a high end professional laptop I wonder if they keep the 16:9 consumer-oriented screen aspect ratio…

  2. As I understand miniLED is just local dimming, while microLED is where the real magic will happen, an OLED-style each pixel with it’s own light thing, without the burn-in issue. I’m sure miniLED also looks great, but quite possibly not as great as OLED: local dimming has to make a choice to completely dim a section of the screen if there is not a lot of lit pixels, while OLED and microLED can have those individual pixels show. So in a dark scene in a movie (where this whole thing makes the most sense) you do get the OLED-stlye deep blacks and huge contrast as a result, but you loose all the details in the darker areas, as they’ll be simply not lit at all. This would be fine for watching a movie, but as a workstation machine I would find it absolutely unacceptable to not see some details in the picture I’m working on for a “better contrast”, I might miss something that would end up in production that has no business being there. So, I find it a bit ironic that MSI positions this machine as a “creator’s PC”, while it has shortcoming for that task specifically.

    1. Yeah mini-LED is just lots of dimming zones nothing to get excited about, all the same flaws of LED displays are still present and mini-LED does not solve blooming/halo effect on objects over black screen.

      micro-LED is 9 years away from being commercially viable, Samsung made a lot of noise to distract people from OLED but told certain AV journalists the tech is 1 (miracle) to 9 years away for average person, micro-LED is very difficult to miniaturize.

      DL-LED (dual layer) this is the most promising evolution of LCD/LED displays but it has massive power consumption demands and violates consumer power standards.

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