MSI has announced some of the first laptops with Intel’s new 10th generation Comet Lake H series processors. The company has announced specifications and release dates for its GS66 Stealth, GE66 Raider and Creator 17, all of which were unveiled at CES earlier this year.
The two game rigs will contain up to an i9-10980HK and the Creator 17 will sport up to an i7-10875H. All three will also feature Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q mobile graphics.
Of the two gaming laptops, the GS66 Stealth has the more understated design. MSI says it is ideal for business users who also enjoy casual gaming. The GE66 Raider, on the other hand, is aimed at gamers who want something flashy; it has a large customizable front light strip that can flash over 16 million colors.
Both 14-inch laptops have new cooling systems – the GS66 has three fans with 0.1mm blades, MSI thinnest fan blades in the world, while the GE66 has two 0.25mm blades. They also have new audio; MSI says it worked with speaker manufacturer Dynaudio to upgrade the sound. And they can both be configured with a 300Hz display.
What may be a game changer is that the laptops have a 99.9 Wh battery, which is about the largest battery you can put in a laptop (it’s just below the 100 Aviation Limit set by the Federal Aviation Administration for lithium ion batteries allowed on airplanes). Battery life always varies by system, but we got about eight hours from the MacBook Pro’s 100Wh brick. Anything in that neighborhood would be pretty good for a gaming notebook.
The Creator 17, as the name implies, is designed for creative professionals. The great news is that it is the first laptop with a Mini-LED screen. Mini LEDs (as you’ve probably guessed) are much smaller than regular LEDs, so screens can pack more and dim and light up with greater accuracy. (Don’t confuse Mini LEDs with MicroLEDs – that’s a Samsung thing). 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 CPU cores to certain tasks or choose from preset profiles.
The GS66 Stealth starts at $ 1,599 and is now available for pre-order from Newegg; you can get it on all shopping platforms on April 15. The GE66 Raider and Creator 17 both start at $ 1,799 and hit stores on April 15.
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