MSI’s new laptops focus on the 16-inch MacBook Pro

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MSI has announced a number of gaming and creator laptops with Intel’s brand new Tiger Lake H processors. The models will be available from May 16.

MSI is best known for its high-end gaming laptops, but the company has made a few attempts to diversify its portfolio in recent years. The manufacturer played a deep-pocketed play for professionals with its Summit Series business line last year, and it also sells some cheaper models geared toward content creators. The new Creator Z16 is the first foray into the market of high-end content creation machines, targeting customers that MSI flatly refers to as “MacBook Pro users.”

There are two Creator Z16 models, with the base model costing $ 2,599. Both come with a 120Hz 16:10 touchscreen with QHD + resolution, which MSI says occupies 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. The 16:10 aspect ratio can be a bonus for designers and artists on the go, as it offers more vertical workspace than traditional 16: 9 gaming laptops. Inside, both models come with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 and 32 GB RAM. You can then select 1 TB or 2 TB of storage and a Core i7-11800H or a Core i9-11900H.

Those on a tighter budget may prefer the Creator M16, a lighter version of the Z16. This model also includes a QHD + display, but the chips are maximum on a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti and a Core i7. The price for this has yet to be announced. The Creator 17, which includes a Mini LED display, has also bumped against the new chips (up to a Core i9 and a GeForce RTX 3080).

These are the GF76 Katana and GF66 Katana, starting at $ 1,149 and $ 999 respectively.
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Specs aside, MSI stressed that build quality has been improved. Reps told me the Creator Z16 would show the company’s “best build quality ever”.

In addition to its creator models, MSI has specified some of its premium gaming rigs. The high-end GE76 and GE66 Raider now have 11th Gen Intel processors up to a Core i9 (combined with graphics up to an RTX 3080) and a 240Hz QHD display option, just like the GS76 and GS66 Stealth. The GP76 and GP66 Leopard, as well as the GL76 and GL66 Pulse (which are a continuation of the GL Leopard line), also have the new chips up to a Core i7.

Closer to the market’s budget, MSI has released two new entry-level gaming lines called “Katana” and “Sword.” The company says they have a brand new design inspired by the work of Japanese illustrator Tsuyoshi Nagano. (Sword models are white and Katana models are black; the Sword can also currently only be configured with 8 GB of RAM, while all Katana models have 16 GB.) Katana models start at $ 999, and Sword models start at $ 1099.