MSI Creator Z, Prestige Series Creator laptops updated, MSI Pen 2 stylus announced at CES 2023
Along with unveiling a slew of new gaming laptops, MSI has also updated its models aimed at professional content creators and those who need the performance but not necessarily the style of most gamer-focused hardware. These laptops feature the new 13th Gen Intel Core processors and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs. Creator models also typically use Nvidia’s Studio drivers which are optimized and certified for content creation workflows and applications. The new models are expected to go on sale in the US within a few weeks and arrive in India soon after.
The new MSI Creator Z17 HX Studio and Creator Z16 HX Studio feature Intel’s 13th Gen Core HX-series processors, up to Core i9-13950HX with 24 cores, which are claimed to deliver desktop-class performance during your travels. They also feature a new vapor chamber cooler. GPU options go all the way up to the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. Both models support up to 64GB of DDR5 RAM and feature a PCIe 5.0 X4 slot for a high-performance NVMe SSD.
The larger Creator Z17HX Studio features a 17.3-inch 16:10 2560 x 1200 pixel QHD+ IPS-class panel with a 165Hz refresh rate and 100% DCI-P3 color coverage. The slightly more portable Z16 HX Studio features a 16-inch 120Hz panel with the same resolution and other specs. Both weigh 2.49 kg and 2.35 kg respectively.
Other features include Thunderbolt 4, an SD Express card slot, an infrared webcam, a fingerprint sensor, per-key RGB LED backlighting, and a quad-speaker audio system on both models. Pricing starts at $2,999 (approx. Rs. 2.48,225 before tax) and $2,899 (approx. Rs. 2.39,950) respectively.
As for the thin and light Prestige series, MSI introduced the refreshed MSI Prestige 14 Evo and Prestige 16 Evo as well as the brand new MSI Prestige 13 Evo. The latter is what MSI calls the lightest laptop in the entire MSI lineup, weighing just 990g thanks to an aluminum alloy chassis, while offering up to 15 hours of battery life.
The two larger models have a Core i7-13700H processor while the ultraportable Prestige 13 Evo receives a Core i7-1360P processor. All three rely on Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics, but MSI also offers another model, the Prestige 16 Studio, with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 discrete GPU. All models feature 16GB of RAM LPDDR5 soldered in and come with Windows 11. They all have white backlit keyboards, IR webcams, fingerprint sensors and microSD card slots.
The MSI Modern series gets updated hardware and new color options to keep things fresh. There is also a new MSI Summit Flip Evo model with a 13.4-inch Full HD touchscreen.
In addition to laptops, MSI announced its new MSI Pen 2 stylus, which uses the MPP 2.6 standard to ensure compatibility with a variety of laptops, and boasts haptic feedback as well as touch sensitivity. 4096 level pressure. It can also work as a traditional writing tool so you don’t have to change what you’re holding to take notes on paper.
Disclosure: MSI sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel stay for CES 2023.
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