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MSI Creator 15 A10S Laptop (10th-gen Intel) 2020

NEX score 70%

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Product Overview

MSI Creator 15 A10S is a powerful 15.6-inch laptop engineered for creators configurable with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU.
The Creator 15 boasts the largest 99.9Wh battery in the industry. Together with the laptop's powerful components and slim chassis, it makes the Creator 15 a compelling option for productivity on the go.
For content creators, MSI has endowed the Creator 15 with an optional 4K True Pixel display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage and Delta-E < 2. A touchscreen is also available for FHD.
With this much power packed in an ultra-slim chassis, the Creator 15 features Cooler Boost Trinity+ heat management system with 3 fans and 6 heat pipes.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Very good battery life
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Good performance for the price
Cons
  • Low-resolution display with narrower color gamut
  • Only one USB Type-A port

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
  • Gorgeous design
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • Comfortable palm rest area
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Slightly hot keyboard
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
4K

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI + 1x Headphone + 1x Microphone + 1x RJ45
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
99.9 Wh
Camera | Front
IR HD type (30fps@720p)
Colors
Carbon Gray
Material
Aluminum
Speakers
2x 2W Duo Wave Speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
248 mm
Size | Height
19.8 mm
Size | Width
358.3 mm
Weight
2.1 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS
4KGamut
100% Adobe RGB
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Chipset
Intel HM470
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q 6GB GDDR6, RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6, RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q 8GB GDDR6, or RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 8GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Up to 10th Gen. Intel Core i9 Processor
Touch Screen
Available in FHD

Performance

Key Travel
1.5 mm
Memory | Capacity
2x slots, Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666 MHz
Power Supply
180 or 230 W Slim adapter
Storage
2x M.2 SSD slots (1x PCIe/SATA combo + 1x PCIe)

Production

Debut
2020-01 (CES 2020)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
MSI's Creator 15 doesn't run as hot as some other laptops, but it's not immune to the heat Intel's Core i7 puts out. With a display that's only 60Hz, you don't really need a more powerful graphics card. It does nearly everything a MacBook Pro or Razer Blade 15 Advanced can do for hundreds of dollars less.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Comfortable palm rest area
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
MSI has equipped its Creator 15 with an Intel processor of the 10th generation. The octa-core Intel Core i7-10875H can work up to 16 threads simultaneously and clocks at between 2.3 and 5.1 GHz. The IPS panel of the Creator 15 has very stable viewing angles and displays content from almost every angle.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
MSI's Creator 15 combines the right features to earn our recommendation. It has an eight-core Intel Core i processor; a standard i display; a touch-friendly touch reader; and nearly 10 hours of battery life. Though its inclusion of just one USB Type-A port and its hot-running chassis, keep it from our Editors' Choice medal round.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • Long battery life
  • Solid performance
  • USB Type-C port
Cons
  • Slightly hot keyboard
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

User Reviews

References

1. ^ MSI Creator 15 Review: A Well-Balanced Laptop for Games or Work. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/msi-creator-15-review-a-well-balanced-laptop-for-games-1845654758. 2020-11-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ MSI Creator 15 Laptop Review: A bright 4K display for Content Creators. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-Creator-15-Laptop-Review-A-bright-4K-display-for-Content-Creators.498087.0.html. 2020-10-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ MSI Creator 15 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/msi-creator-15. 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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