Mini LED-based Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlighting significantly improves brightness and contrasts of contemporary LCD monitors particularly when it comes to HDR games and videos. By now, a few companies have released desktop displays and televisions with Mini LEDs, but so far technology has not taken off. As it turns out, MSI is also prepping a Mini LED-powered product, its Creator 17 laptop.

The central part of the MSI Creator 17 notebook is its Ultra-HD 17-inch display with a Mini LED-based backlighting that boasts a 3840×2160 resolution as well as a peak brightness of 1000 nits, a not-so-common combination even for desktop LCDs and a unique for mobile PCs. Also, MSI says that the monitor can reproduce 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.

MSI does not reveal what is inside its Creator 17 desktop replacement notebook, but it is reasonable to expect the machine to have enough horsepower to run demanding DCC applications since this PC is clearly designed primarily for content creation. To some degree, a Thunderbolt 3 port and a UHS-III SD card reader (one of the industry’s first, by the way) highlight the target market for this mobile PC.

MSI does not talk about pricing or availability timeframe of its Creator 17. At present, MSI’s Creator 17 largely seems like a prototype (which is why MSI does not reveal specifications of its internal hardware), so it is hard to make predictions about its availability timeframe, though a good guess would be ‘this year’.

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  • wr3zzz - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    What kind of FALD density is it? Can I call a 4x4 back light on a LCD a mini-LED monitor? It's better than side mounted back light but certainly not what I think of as a "mini-LED display". Reply
  • Freakie - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4aTieT-AUY 240 zones, so not amazing but still good. Also 120hz, which is very nice. Reply
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Thank you! I was most interested in the refresh rate. Looks like I'll have more reasons to save up and wait before buying a new device... Reply

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