MSI offers a range of gaming laptops in the market through its Gaming line. You can choose from various configurations ranging from affordable to high-end models, and there’s one for all your gaming needs.
The company’s latest creation is the MSI Creator Z17, a powerful gaming laptop that caters to creative users who want to work on their media skills or share content on YouTube or other video hosting sites. With the right hardware and software configuration, this device will easily handle most tasks you throw at it. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this laptop tick! let's dive in msi creator z17 review
MSI Creator Z17 : Design
The MSI Creator Z17 is a stylish gaming laptop that stands out thanks to its unique design. The laptop is available in black and aluminum finishes, and the aluminum version has a brushed finish that gives this device a premium look and feel. The lid of the laptop is brushed aluminum, while the rest of the body is made out of a plastic material that feels nice to touch and is lightweight.
Although this laptop is available in both a Black and Aluminum color combination, the aluminum version is the only one that comes with a brushed finish. The borders of the lid are painted with a gradient for a nice touch, and the MSI logo is embossed at the centre of the lid. If you prefer a full metal finish, you can also opt for the Dark Silver variant, which looks remarkable.
The curved edges of the lid are comfortable to rest your palms on, and the textured finish makes this laptop easy to grip and hold. There are no buttons on the front of the lid and so you’ll just have to rely on the SteelSeries logo at the top for controlling the device. On the other hand, the MSI logo is located at the bottom of the laptop and lights up only when you use the device in MSI Gaming mode. The back of the laptop is made out of plastic, and the device weighs only 1.5 Kg.
This is good news for those who travel a lot, as it will be easy to carry the laptop without feeling weighed down. On the bottom of the laptop, you’ll find two rubber pads that help to keep the laptop in place when you’re working on a desk. We liked the design of the MSI Creator Z17 as it looks stylish and also has an excellent build quality. The Dark Silver version is also very attractive, and the brushed finish on the aluminum unibody feels good in the hand.
There are no visible seams between the plastic body and the brushed aluminum finish, and the whole design feels premium. The MSI logo at the bottom lights up blue only when the MSI Gaming Mode is enabled, and there’s no RGB feature on this laptop. The keyboard has a good typing feel and the keys have a decent travel distance, but they aren’t backlit so you’ll have to rely on the SteelSeries logo at the top for backlit illumination.
MSI Creator Z17 : Performance
The MSI Creator Z17 is powered by an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor that is accompanied by an 8GB of RAM. This powerful configuration is paired with a 256GB SSD, and you’ll have to pay more for the MSI version with a 512GB SSD. When it comes to performance, this laptop is exceptional as you can easily run multiple applications or games simultaneously without worrying about any kind of lag or stutter.
Moving on to synthetic benchmarks, the device scored 3,809 points in the Single-core tests and 16,972 points in the Multi-core tests, giving it an overall performance score of 85%. You can easily run multiple applications at the same time without any lag or stutter. The device has a large 512GB SSD, and we found some operations in Windows to be quite fast.
However, we ran into some slowdowns when loading some heavy games. The graphics chipset is an Nvidia GTX 1650 with 6GB of VRAM. This isn’t a high-end GPU, and so you shouldn’t expect to run games at ultra-high settings. However, the device can easily run most games at low to medium settings.
MSI Creator Z17 : Display and audio
The 13.3-inch screen on the MSI Creator Z17 is an IPS panel that supports a Full HD resolution. The screen has a matte finish and supports wide viewing angles for accurate color reproduction. The screen looks decent for normal usage, but if you’re interested in playing games, you’ll have to lower the graphics settings due to the screen’s resolution.
The screen supports touch and has a reasonable response time of 4ms. The screen also supports an active stylus. When it comes to audio, the laptop has a 2.5mm jack for headphones or speakers and an in-built microphone for hands-free conversations. The audio quality is decent, but we would have preferred a dedicated subwoofer for better sound quality.
The in-built microphone is good enough for normal voice calls, but if you’re recording videos or listening to music, you’ll have to rely on the microphone on the other device. The in-built speakers on the laptop aren’t good enough for medium to high volumes and you’d have to rely on headphones for sound when you need great clarity.
MSI Creator Z17 : Keyboard, touchpad
The keyboard on the MSI Creator Z17 is a SteelSeries customized keyboard with a red LED backlight. The keys have a good travel distance and a soft tactile feel that makes typing easy and enjoyable. The keyboard supports multiple languages, and you can easily switch between the default ones and custom ones with the click of a button.
The buttons on the left side of the keyboard can be customized as macros to launch different applications or simply for volume control. The touchpad is a 2×2 design with a smooth tracking experience. The buttons are placed in a symmetrical manner, and you can easily navigate through the buttons with a single finger. The touchpad supports Windows Precision drivers and has a customizable LED color that you can use to indicate different tasks.
The keyboard on the MSI Creator Z17 is good, and the keys have a decent travel distance and a soft tactile feel that makes typing easy and enjoyable. The keyboard supports multiple languages and you can easily switch between the default ones and custom ones with the click of a button. The touchpad is a 2×2 design with a smooth tracking experience.
The buttons are placed in a symmetrical manner, and you can easily navigate through the buttons with a single finger. The touchpad supports Windows Precision drivers and has a customizable LED color that you can use to indicate different tasks.
MSI Creator Z17 : Battery
The laptop has a 71Wh 6-cell battery that lasts for 5 hours in normal usage and can last for 6 hours in power-saving mode. This is decent battery life for a gaming laptop, and you can use this device for long hours without feeling the need to charge the battery. During our tests, the device lasted for 5 hours 15 minutes in normal usage and 6 hours in battery- saving mode.
The laptop supports quick charging, and you can easily charge the device with a standard adapter in around an hour. You can also use an external battery if you want to work on your laptop while it’s charging. During our tests, the device charged from 10% to 60% in less than an hour. The device has a quick-charge 3.0 port, and you can charge the device from zero to full in under an hour. The laptop has a 71Wh 6-cell battery that lasts for 5 hours in normal usage and can last for 6 hours in power-saving mode.
The laptop has a quick-charge 3.0 port, and you can charge the device from zero to full in under an hour. You can also use an external battery if you want to work on your laptop while it’s charging. During our tests, the device charged from 10% to 60% in less than an hour.
MSI Creator Z17 : Webcam
The camera on the MSI Creator Z17 is a 720p HD camera with autofocus and can record videos at 30 frames per second. The videos have decent quality, and you can use them for video calls.
The MSI Creator Z17 is a premium laptop with powerful hardware, high-quality design and decent build quality. The device can handle daily tasks, heavy workloads and casual gaming without any issues. We particularly liked the efficient cooling system, good speakers and excellent keyboard on the device.
However, the webcam placement is quite awkward on the device; it could have been placed at the top of the screen instead of below it. The MSI Creator Z17 is available for $3,049 on Amazon; however, we feel that it’s priced slightly higher than its competitors like Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504GM ($2,967) and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming 7577 ($1,448).