MSI has announced a new laptop in its Creator line, the Z16 — and it is unabashedly a MacBook Pro alternative. It’s a 16-inch creator-focused laptop with a silver chassis, black keys, and aluminum unibody chassis. It even matches the screen size (16-inch), resolution (2500 x 1600), and aspect ratio (16:10) with the MacBook Pro 16-inch.
But there’s also quite a lot about the Creator Z16 that might make it an attractive alternative to the
First off, that 16-inch panel has a 120Hz refresh rate. Higher refresh rates have been exclusive to gaming laptops so far, and a feature Apple has resisted bring to its Macs. The higher refresh rate’s most obvious application is gaming, but it’s also a quality-of-life feature that makes simple tasks like scrolling and animation much smoother.
It also offers a wider selection of ports, including USB-A, two Thunderbolt 4, and a Micro SD card slot.
The MSI Creator Z16 looks like it has the performance chops to match the design. It has been updated with the new 11th-generation Intel H-series processors, which are eight-core, 45-watt processors. They’re akin to what the current
The MSI Creator Z16 also comes with an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card with the new Nvidia Studio drivers. We’ve seen some impressive results from these graphics cards in
Will they outperform the current AMD Radeon options in the
MSI will have two configurations for sale. Both models come with 32GB of
Beyond performance, the Creator Z16 features thin bezels, a touchscreen, and the ability to open the screen completely flat at 180 degrees. It even includes per-key RGB backlighting, a rather unique feature for a non-gaming laptop.
The Creator Z16 is 0.64 inches thick and weighs around 5.07 pounds.
The Creator Z16 is only the tip of the iceberg for new
MSI also highlighted its new cheaper
The new devices will be available in starting June.
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