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MSI Creator 17 A10S Laptop (10th-gen Intel) 2020

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Product Overview

MSI Creator 17 is a flagship 17.3-inch laptop engineered for content creators. Its calling card is the world's first Mini LED display in a laptop, which is complemented by best-in-class connectivity and performance.
Available in both FHD and 4K UHD, the Creator 17 pairs 10th-gen Intel Core H-series processors with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics up to RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q. The 4K UHD panel, armed with Mini LED, supports VESA DisplayHDR 1000 and covers 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Its Delta-E is precisely calibrated to be under 2. Together, these features make the Creator 17 a compelling option for graphics and video creators.
To power these components in a slim chassis, MSI has endowed the Creator 17 with Cooler Boost Trinity+ heat management system that comprises 3 fans and 7 heat pipes. Its 82Wh battery is able to offer up to 7 hours of use between charges.
Last but not least, the Creator 17 has a full-size keyboard with 1.9mm key travel as well as a large touchpad that help boost productivity. With HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, and USB-C 3.2 Gen2 ports, it is able to power three external displays simultaneously.
Alongside the Creator 17, MSI also introduced the 15-inch Creator 15 as well as more affordable Creator 17M and Creator 15M.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Very good input devices
  • Good Wi-Fi performance
Cons
  • Only one USB-C port
  • High PWM frequency (26 kHz)

What external reviewers found***

Ext 57% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Full HD resolution (1920x1080)
  • NVMe SSD
  • Matte IPS display
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

4KFHD

Connectivity

Ports3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 / DP + 1x RJ45 (Gigabit LAN) + 1x microSD + 1x HDMI + 1x Headphone + 1x Microphone
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity82 Wh
Camera | FrontHD type (30fps@720p)
ColorsSpace Gray
MaterialAluminum
Speakers2x 2W Duo Wave Speaker

Dimensions

Size | Depth259.4 mm
Size | Height20.25 mm
Size | Width396.1 mm
Weight2.5 kg2.4 kg

Display

Display Backlight
Display Diagonal17.3 inch
Display TypeIPS
Gamut
Refresh Rate60 or 144Hz
Resolution4K UHD (3840x2160) or FHD (1920x1080)

Function

ChipsetIntel HM470
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6, RTX 2070 SUPER w/ Max-Q 8GB GDDR6, or RTX 2080 SUPER w/ Max-Q 8GB GDDR6
HDRHDR1000 with miniLED
Keyboard BacklightSingle-color (white) back-lit
Operating SystemWindows 10
ProcessorUp to 10th-gen Intel Core i9

Performance

Key Travel1.9 mm
Memory | Capacity2x slots, Max 64GB
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200 MHz
Power Supply180 or 230 W Slim adapter
Storage2x M.2 SSD combo (PCIe / SATA)

Production

Debut2020-01 (CES 2020)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 57%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
MSI has equipped our test unit with a 2 TB NVMe SSD from Samsung. The PM981 is known for its high performance, which also goes for the Creator 17. In Full HD resolution (1920x1080), all the games run smoothly. You should not expect a low noise level when you buy this.
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Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Full HD resolution (1920x1080)
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No SD card reader

User Reviews

References

1. ^ MSI Creator 17 A10SGS Laptop Review: Winning with a Mini LED. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-Creator-17-A10SGS-Laptop-Review-Winning-with-a-Mini-LED.481582.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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