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MSI has always focused on being sleek with their Prestige series of laptops. They’re crafted to be thin, sleek, yet offer good performance while looking very professional. The MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD is another sleek laptop with a thin body and lightweight build, aimed towards creative professionals.

I consider myself as a creative professional as I edit all of the videos and pictures, I took the laptop for a spin. So, here’s our review of the MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD – and there are a few things to like about this laptop.

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Design

I think the overall sleekness of this laptop is something that immediately catches people’s eyes. It has this book-like silver color and chamfered edges, while the MSI logo itself is printed in grey.

There are a few things MSI did with the laptop here. Since it is a Prestige series of laptops, it is kept lightweight by using plastic. For such a big laptop, the construction is quite rigid with minimal flex.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

And despite being so thin, the I/O ports on the MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD is surprisingly good. On the left, we have:

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

  • Power jack
  • Ethernet
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
  • MicroSD card reader
  • Separated microphone and headphone jack

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

On the right, we have more ports:

  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • HDMI

From here is where I truly appreciate MSI’s emphasis on I/O ports. Especially for video editors, we need lots of storage – and we mostly have more than a few external storage devices. To keep everything speedy, high-speed ports like USB 3.1 Gen 2 are important.

What I’m most surprised by is the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3. We can connect so many more high-speed storages through this port! Best of all, we can even daisy chain more displays via the Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports.

Displays

Sporting a 17.3-inch display with 1080p resolution and “IPS-like” panel, the colors on this display looks pretty good. Despite not deliberately listed as an IPS panel, the viewing angles are still great. Most importantly, the colors look good too.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

MSI does have another variant of the Prestige P75 Creator 9SD that has 4K resolution with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut coverage.

Anyway, the MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD does have pretty thin bezels around the perimeter of the screen. There’s still a webcam up at the top, and the thin is surprisingly tiny.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

Trackpad and keyboard

Looking at both the trackpad and keyboard individually, they’re quite good. There are many aspects of both the trackpad and keyboard that checks the important marketing points. I mean, look at this – it’s quite rare for a laptop to have this ultrawide trackpad and a fingerprint scanner on the left side.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

And the trackpad is smooth too. It uses Windows Precision Touchpad drivers and with such a wide trackpad, gestures can be performed easily.

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Ultrawide trackpad!

The keyboard on its own is pretty decent. The key switch has a good travel distance and quick bounceback, creating a fun to type experience. However, the layout oculd be a little better as everything is way too far off center now.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

Actually, no. The entire layout of both the trackpad and keyboard needs to be changed. As it is now, I can’t type comfortably and my right palm will definitely make the trackpad go crazy while typing. Even when I disabled the trackpad, my wrist still causes the trackpad to create clicking noises – which I find it to be annoying.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

Also, the angle of which the keyboard sinks into the laptop chassis is too steep, causing the spacebar to be unreliable.

Performance

The MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD is packed with these specs:

  • Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 (soldered)
  • 512GB Samsung NVMe SSD

From what we can see, the performance of this laptop is actually pretty decent.

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Thermally however, the MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD struggles a little. I presume one of the main reason why MSI opted in for the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is to cut down on heat produced.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD thermals

MSI also did their best in cooling this thin yet powerful laptop – because there are a total of 3 fans inside this machine.

Upgradability

Opening up the backplate is easy. Take out all of the screws and the backplate can be popped off. However, do be careful as part of the hinge cover piece is connected to the backplate. Also, you’ll be voiding your warranty.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD

Once removed, we can see the triple fan setup. I do appreciate the fact that MSI is trying to cool down this laptop while retaining its thinness, though it is quite a difficult task.

It is here that we can see that the RAM is soldered and there is another extra M.2 SSD slot available for us to expand the storage.

We can also see that maintaining the laptop by cleaning up the fans and reapplying thermal paste is a simple task, which we like.

Battery life

This MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD is packed with an 80.25Wh with a capacity of 5,280mAh. Throughout our usage, it can last about 6 hours on heavy Chrome, music, and quite a lot of YouTube. I’m impressed.

And yet, the power brick that came with the MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD is pretty small in size. Once again, MSI designed it to be very portable.

Wrapping up the MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD review

I think there are many things to like about this laptop. The overall build quality is decent, has a great big display, can be upgraded with another M.2 SSD, and most importantly – the port selection is excellent. Even the battery life is great.

MSI Prestige P75 Creator 9SD
And hey – it’s surprisingly lightweight and thin!

However, my main complaints is on the layout on both the trackpad and keyboard. These two components seem to be in a mismatch, hindering the user experience. But hey – since there are so many high-speed USB ports and a Thunderbolt 3 port, use an external keyboard/mouse.

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