MSI has announced some of the first laptops to include the new 10th generation Intel processors in its Comet Lake H series. The company has announced specifications and release dates for its GS66 Stealth, GE66 Raider and Creator 17, all of which have been unveiled at CES earlier this year.
Both gaming platforms will feature up to an i9-10980HK, and the Creator 17 will display up to an i7-10875H. All three will also include up to Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q mobile graphics card.
Of the two gaming laptops, the GS66 Stealth has the more understated design. MSI says it is ideal for professional users who could also enjoy casual games. The GE66 Raider, on the other hand, is aimed at players who want something flashy; it has a large customizable light strip on the front that can flash more than 16 million colors.
Both 14-inch laptops have new cooling systems – the GS66 has three fans with 0.1mm blades, which MSI claims are the thinnest fan blades in the world, while the GE66 has two fans with 0.25 mm blades. They also have new audio; MSI says it has worked with speaker manufacturer Dynaudio to improve the sound. And they can both be configured with a 300 Hz screen.
However, what could be a game-changer is that laptops have a 99.9 Wh battery, which is roughly the largest battery you can put in a laptop (it’s just below the Federal Aviation Administration’s 100 Wh limit for lithium-ion batteries allowed on aircraft). Battery life still varies by system, but we got about eight hours with the MacBook Pro’s 100Wh brick. Anything in this neighborhood would be good enough for a gaming laptop.
The Creator 17 is, as its name suggests, designed for creative professionals. The big news is that it is the first laptop to have a mini-LED screen. Mini-LEDs are (as you probably guessed) much smaller than ordinary LEDs. (Don’t confuse Mini LEDs with MicroLEDs – these are Samsung stuff). The screen has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and can reach a brightness of 1000 nits.
The Creator 17 also supports MSI’s Creator Center software, which includes additional tools for users. For example, you can assign a certain number of processor cores to certain tasks or select from predefined profiles.
The GS66 Stealth starts at $ 1,599 and is now available for pre-order at Newegg; you can get it on all retail platforms on April 15. The GE66 Raider and Creator 17 both start at $ 1,799 and were released on April 15.
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