In the world of display technology, we all knew how bulky CRT monitors are and how thin and light LCDs changed the way we consume contents. Even LCD panels have its fair share of technological advancement that includes the use of different panels including TN, VA, IPS and OLED. Apart from OLED which is self-emitting, the rest has been using LED backlighting for all these while.
Recent years we started to hear the rise of new backlighting technology for LCD panels – mini-LED. It was previously rumoured that Apple will utilise the technology on their MacBooks, however, MSI manages to jump the gun and releases the Creator 17 laptop with mini-LED technology, making it the first in the world to do so.
Now, you must be wondering, what is all this hype surrounding mini-LED backlighting technology and what kind of benefit does it bring to the table especially for the MSI Creator 17 users.
A little techy explanation
The device you’re using to read this article most probably is using an LCD panel otherwise, an OLED panel. Leaving aside OLED which is self-illuminated, LCD panels such as IPS LCD relies on LED backlight to illuminate the screen. Without the backlight illumination, you won’t be able to see what’s on the screen at the low light environment. TechQuickie has a great explanation that runs through all of the different types of backlighting.
Understand how modern LCD works, mini-LED can pretty much be considered as the next-generation of backlighting. They’re very tiny, about 100 to 200 microns in size and can go really bright compared to conventional LED backlighting – which is important.
240-Zones Local Dimming
Traditionally, LCD displays may have hundreds of LEDs to power the display backlit, the most common issue with this is the poorer contrast ratio. Imagine you’re watching a video with a dark scene that showing a bright moon in the sky. You will notice the rest of the scene is looking more like grey-ish instead of being black.
Mini-LED resolves this problem as panel makers can now cram in over thousands of LEDs into a single display. This gives more freedom as the LEDs are being segregated into 240-zones. With more lighting zones, a technique is used to control the brightness of a specific part of the screen – local dimming. This is to mimic how OLEDs work but without the disadvantage of OLED pixel degradation or burn-in. Besides, this also improves the contrast ratio by up to 100,000:1.
By taking advantage of mini-LED, the display can achieve brightness level up to 1000 nits and that means we can use this laptop outdoors without any issues. Of course, the higher maximum brightness is not just for visibility, remember HDR?
The MSI Creator 17 also has VESA DisplayHDR1000 certification – which is no small feat. DisplayHDR1000 is not automatically granted when the display achieves 1000 nits brightness – but instead, needs to sustain at that brightness level.
This allows users to edit and playback HDR contents on the MSI Creator 17 without having to worry about visual inconsistency when delivering the final render to the customer.
MSI Creator 17 – Optimized for Creators
Of course, since the MSI Creator 17 is made for creators – this laptop also boasts great colour accuracy. Out of the factory, each and every single unit of the MSI Creator 17 will be factory-calibrated one-by-one, with Calman verification. MSI claims that this laptop has Delta E<2 and covers 100% DCI-P3 colour space. This means content creators – like me – can use this laptop to do their colour work and confident that the final render will look exactly like what I have envisioned.
MSI’s Creator lineup of laptops has a few special features that are tailor-made for creators – like the Creator Center. This little tool helps you to automatically optimize your system resources for specific use cases – say, you’ll need more performance for Premiere Pro or After Effects but not for your music player or Chrome – this tool will help you adjust accordingly.
Coupled with NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX Super™ Graphics & 10th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU
To ensure the Creator 17 provides the best and smoothest editing experience, you can actually configure this Creator 17 to support some of the best and craziest hardware available in the market right now. It is available with up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 Super™ Max-Q and 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor.
In case you don’t know, the latest version of NVIDIA Studio Driver actually enables the GPU acceleration support for most of the creative applications out in the market. For example, we edited all of our YouTube videos on Adobe Premiere Pro and through the combination of NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ GPU and NVIDIA Studio driver, we manage to reduce the video rendering time by almost half of its original required time. NVIDIA® is currently having a special offer where RTX Studio customers get to enjoy 3 months of Adobe Creative Cloud subscription worth RM1131.
On that side note, you can also configure the Creator 17 with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and double M.2 NVMe SSD sticks, which means you can literally animate and render your projects while using this laptop without having to worry about storage speed or capacity.
What’s even better is that this laptop, with all those high-performance components – weighs in at only 2.5kg and 20.25mm thin. For so much power, MSI managed to wrap everything nice and tidy into a slim body – and still claimed the spot for the world’s first laptop with a mini-LED display.