The First Mini-LED isn’t a 14” MacBook

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

Okay so a couple years ago Apple was already rumored to be working on bringing a new type of display technology to their laptops and their iPads and potentially IMAX that would greatly improve the image quality of their devices and this was tech called

Mini LED displays now because Apple is a super rich company and they spent a lot of their money on R&D everyone thought that they would come out with it first like they would be the first guys to bring out mini LED consumer mobile

Devices but somehow somehow they got beat by MSI this is the MSI creator 17 and it is the first mini LED based laptop on the market and it is awesome like the screen is fantastic now because this is tech that's going to be

Appearing in mac books and you know what it's not just that this is tech that I think will be going into basically every kind of high-end laptop and high-end tablet going to the future because it's just so much better and this is the way

That I think the industry will be moving forward with screens on laptops not OLED screens like we kind of hoped they would in the past now and this is not even at full brightness it gets crazy brighten all right how do we do this

Let's talk about mini leds first and what they are and what makes them so special so a mini LED display gives you a brighter screen with way higher contrast ratios and you get better color accuracy and those are the three kind of

Characteristics or factors that you would take into consideration when you judge image quality on a device you get some of the advantages that OLED panels offer but without issues like flickering and lifespan and color accuracy things

That we've seen with OLED panels and laptops many LED is some bang and stuff so the traditional kind of high quality IPS display is an LCD panel back lit with LEDs and they can look pretty good I mean company's been working on this

Formula forever right they've had like literally seven or eight years with the same kind of tech we've seen so little improvement with IPS panels of laptops it's kind of weird it's lasted this long but you can only go so far this type of

Screen is lit with LEDs that are around a millimeter in size and these LEDs together make a wall or a panel of light that can be brightened or dimmed to get they have to be adjusted as a whole panel like there's no individual

Adjustment of those LEDs and that sets limitations on what a panel like this can do with many LEDs they're a lot smaller there's zero point two millimeters in size and because of their size

This laptop can do something I've never seen another laptop do before it has local dimming the mini LED display has 240 zones that will automatically turn up and down the backlighting based on the image so for brightly lit sections

Of the image those zones will crank it up and then for sections of the image that are dark those zones will dim down and what you end up with is a very high contrast ratio so your blacks are very black instead of like a dark gray and

Your whites are very white like crazy white now granted it's not an OLED panel this will never be like perfect blacks they won't be you know a million to one contrast ratio but it's way better than your traditional IPS panel and because

You get such good contrast ratios with mini LED you get proper HDR like full-blown vase s certified HDR peaking at a thousand nits the color accuracy on this display is also really good you get 100% DCI p3 very low Delta ease and you

Don't have any the screen flickering that OLED panels have this is an awesome screen I think this is the best-looking seventeen inch panel that's available in the market the one thing that I don't love about it is the refresh rate it's a

60 Hertz panel which is kind of expected on a content creation device but despite that low refresh rate I enjoyed playing games on this thing just because of how colorful it is like it's a weirdly bright and weirdly just vibrant image it

Is so nice okay this screen is the it's the thing that makes the laptop it really is the thing that defines the MSI creator 17 if you are interest in this device I'll just do like a quick review on it this is a I mean it's a creator

Oriented device right it's very powerful for creative work it has an 8 core CPU it has an RT X 2080 max-q it's got some serious chops the performance is good but the temperatures run a little hot and I think we do it because they want

To keep the fan noise relatively low on a machine like this but the fan noise on idle is still audible and I don't think it should be like especially if you have all the settings down to like super quiet or whatever it should

Be a very or near silent system and it isn't for whatever reason I think they can fix that with software but in its current state it is not quiet enough in my opinion okay the IO on this thing it's got your

Kind of standard port layout you got three UPA's to use pcs it's got an Ethernet jack which is a bit of a plus but the SD card slot is a micro SD which is like on a creative laptop who's using micro sd I feel like that should just be

A regular SD slot the keyboard feels nice it's a little soft to type on but I personally like it it does have a weird kind of like slash and Enter key configuration that you often see with MSI keyboards and because the number pad

It's got this weird arrow key cluster that kind of blends the number pad with the regular keyboard but I think most people will enjoy typing on this thing and the track pads this wide trackpad with a fingerprint sensor on the top

Left it's a solid trackpad these speakers are they're no good if they were good I'd be talking about them but they're not okay internally you get to nvme slots you get replaceable Wi-Fi but they really give you a great Wi-Fi 6

Card from Intel and you got an 82 watt hour battery which doesn't give you crazy battery life I got four hours with the screen at 215 it's if you crank the screen to brightest like the maximum setting I got a little bit less than two

Hours that's just the way it is I think brightness of screen really affects battery life when it comes to laptops but that's the creator 17 if you're interested in that mini led life this is the only machine that has it right now

But the tech will be coming to MacBooks relatively soon and a whole slew of other devices in the near future okay hope you guys enjoyed this video thumbs if you liked it subs if you loved it I'll see you guys next time

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