A world exclusive according to the manufacturer, MSI will exhibit at CES in Las Vegas (January 6-10, 2020) the first laptop PC equipped with a mini-LED screen, a technology already crossed in the world of television and which makes the transition between LED (what we have today) and micro LED (true competitor of OLED).
What is mini LED?
Before addressing the announcement made by MSI, let us return to the rather vague concept of the mini LED. The mini LED can be compared to an evolution of the LCD display, with a backlight placed behind the pixel panel (not to be confused with the micro LED which is a self-emitting technology, like OLED). The name mini-LED refers to the size of the LEDs animating the backlight: as they are smaller, we can put more, which results in finer and more precise control of the lighting of the pixels. We gain a wider colorimetric reproduction, a better contrast ratio, better performance for HDR (thanks to a huge light peak) and improved local dimming (for better depth of blacks). As a bonus, the mini LED screens are thinner,
MSI Creator 17, one step closer to the creative
This is only an announcement at the moment but the Taiwanese manufacturer MSI is apparently about to unveil the first laptop PC equipped with this mini-LED screen, the MSI Creator 17. He would choose CES 2020 to present its exclusivity which, as its name suggests, clearly targets creatives and producers of content with strong graphic potential.
This 17 inch laptop is therefore equipped with an LCD panel backlit not by conventional LEDs, but “mini LEDs”, 4K definition (3840 x 2160 px), offering a brightness of 1000 nits, much higher than standard current – for comparison, the screen of the 16 “MacBook Pro is lit up to 500 nits max. This gives it DisplayHDR 1000 compatibility. Videographers will be delighted to learn that MSI announces full coverage of the DCI color space- P3, widely used in this sector.
If MSI does not extend much more on the “new features” of its Creator 17, we still learn that the connectivity brings together a Thunderbolt 3 port that can manage an 8K screen and a 27W power supply as well as a card reader SD to UHS-III standard, the fastest at the moment (up to 624 MB / s).
As for the rest, from configuration to tariffs or availability, we will have to wait for the MSI conference at the Computer Electronic Show in Las Vegas which will take place from January 6 to 11.