MSI is showcasing its Creator 17 laptop at CES 2020, which it calls the “world’s very first” laptop to have a Mini LED display.
Through the use of much smaller LEDs as a backlight, the laptop’s 17-inch 4K display can dim and brighten with much more accuracy than LCD screens with a conventional LED backlight.
The technology must be particularly useful for displaying HDR content, which benefits from a sharp level of contrast between dark and light areas of a picture.
The technology signifies that the display has 240 local dimming zones, based on MSI, which is loads contemplating its 17-inch dimension. For comparability, Apple’s 6K $6,000 XDR display has 576 dimming zones, but it surely is virtually double the size at 32 inches.
MSI further boasts that the Creator 17’s display can show 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and may get as vibrant as 1000 nits, which is considered a good maximum for delivering decent HDR efficiency.
MSI says the Creator 17 is the only laptop to realize this brightness, though HP’s Dragonfly from 2019 would beg to disagree.
Mini LED might provide more dimming zones than regular LED LCD screens. Still, it surely’s important to notice that it’s not the same as MicroLED, the new — and to this point, extremely-expensive — display expertise that Samsung has been developing.
The LEDs in a Mini LED screen are only responsible for backlighting the LCD layer, whereas, with MicroLED, they replace it.
MicroLED intends to offer a similar level of performance to OLED without the brightness limitations or problems with burn-in — the latter of which is a specific issue for laptops.