MSI P65 Creator 8RF (8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q) 15 Inch Laptop Review

MSI has just released the P65 Creator which a kind of laptop that specifically designed for professional usage in content creator. It’s a different kind of device that used to be released by this manufacture because this time they don’t target the gaming as the market, but try to reach broad consumers. For years, they are always known for its gaming machine, but this time they are trying something different that looks interesting to take a look here. The P65 itself features such a powerful hardware inside despite carrying such a small and thin chassis. They actually put similar things in GS65 Gaming series, but they do it more beautiful and modern now.

The specification itself included of Intel I7 processor from 8th generation and GTX 1070 Max-Q as the main hardware for powering the entire system. It costs for nearly 2500 dollars and now comparable with Lenovo Thinkpad Extreme and Dell XPS 15 that both of them feature the same price and hardware. Could MSI win this time over their consumers? Well, it’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

In term of design, the P65 features a unique and nice design despite being called as business laptop. For some reasons, MSI includes of some gaming features and RGB lightning keyboard inside which kind of interesting here. The entire chassis itself is built from aluminum and then covered in white and silver finishing surface. They provide some different color options in case you have your own preference here. I really love its material selection, but I soon notice the transition between the chassis is relatively bad moreover with some gaps found in some areas. In my opinion, the build quality is decent, but needs an improvement here.

For carrying such a powerful hardware inside, the weight for this device is only measured at around 1.8 kg. The portability is a good selling point here, but its chassis actually suffers of rigidness as the result of its thin chassis. The base area is easily warped and users can twist the lid cover with amount of power without any problem. Keep in mind, this problem is commonly found in similar case, but worth mentioning here. As for the connectivity, you have two USB type-A ports and a single Thunderbolt 3 port that supports of charging through USB type-C.

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Display and Input

MSI P65 Creator 8RF 2 The 15 inch display features a quality that very rarely to be found here. This IPS panel comes with 144 Hz refresh and looks pretty great not only for video and photo editing, but also for gaming. The panel looks crisp and producing such a good amount of color, but for some reason it has a very dim brightness. The 235 nits of brightness is just a joke here because its competitors manage to produce more than 300 nits. The balance between of quality is far behind here and they actually have to do something different. Hopefully, they would make an upgrade with a better screen.

Checking its Chiclet style keyboard, I find a better experience after using it for a while. The keyboard feels a little bit spongy at the first time, but soon should deliver a good typing experience after a while. The RGB lightning looks promising in case you want so show up to your friends. One thing you should miss here is the numpad keys, but I think you should not have any problem it considering users can just the traditional way to input these keys. I highly suggest you to try of this keyboard.

Last price update: 2020-01-29 18:14:04

MSI P65 Creator 8RF 15 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel ULV Core I7-8550U Quad Core 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size15.6 Inch IPS FHD
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 32GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 512GB SSD

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Hardware Performance and Battery

The hardware specification included here should be considered as good enough for gaming and professional creator usages. The Intel Core I7 8750H processor comes with hexa cores CPU and clocked at 2.2 GHz. The processor can reach of more than 3 GHz clock as long as the thermal management is great. For this case, the thermal issue is not persisted and looks better than MSI previous system. It could be hot during some cases, but will bother your overall experience. As for gaming, The 1070 Max-Q is 15 % less powerful than its desktop version, but does not mean provide a bad experience in gaming. Most of games are playable at highest setting up to 60 FPS and its included of the new Battlefield 5 which just released by EA.

I love of carrying Gigabyte Aero 15X mainly because it’s powerful and having such a good battery life. I expect something similar to see in the P65 and yeah we are getting a relatively good battery life here. For most all of time, the battery can easily last for 6 to 7 hours in daily usage and getting for around 4 hours in gaming. The result is not better than what Gigabyte promise to us, but at least the result is comparable at this case. For this time, MSI does not include the G-Sync feature that becomes the reason why the battery life is good here.

Last price update: 2020-01-29 18:14:04
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Final Thought

The MSI P65 might be appeared to be a pretty similar system considering we already have some pretty good options like Dell XPS 15 and Aero 15X. Despite of being that case, it does not mean this laptop is actually bad to consider affording in 2018. Some of great features like 144 Hz display are worth mentioning and not available in both those machines. This is a relatively good option to see in 2018 as long as you are okay with its price point. Well, you might find a better option at this current price point. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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