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The MSI Prestige P75 Creator Laptop Review

MSI is one of those brands without which the PC industry would simply not be the same as it is today. MSI is one of the biggest manufacturers of products in a large variety of  PC related products. Graphics cards and Motherboards are just some of the top-line products it boasts extremely good market shares on. In our opinion, MSI’s greatest asset is its high-end laptops. Usually, MSI is one of titanic Gaming laptop providers but this time MSI has caught the attention of the tech industry with its creator oriented line of Laptops. The P75 series of machines is what we have in focus today, and it does what it promises to do, It gives creators of all aspects be it sound creating, video editing, filming, etc a plethora of options and as much power as virtually possible under the construction of just a laptop.

MSI P75 Creator Laptops

An Elite Machine

  • 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 Processors
  • Thunderbolt connectivity
  • RTX GPUs
  • Requires more power
  • Slightly Less Portable

CPUs: Up to 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 Processor | IPS Display: 17.3” at 1080p OR 17.3” at 4K | Chipset: Intel® HM370 | Memory: DDR4-2666 (2 DIMM slots, max 64GB | Storage: 1x M.2 SSD (9SG) and 1x M.2 SSD + 2x M.2 SSD Combo (9SF and 9SE) | I/O ports: 1x Type-C (USB3.2 Gen2 / DP / Thunderbolt™3), 1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen1, 3x Type-A, USB3.2 Gen2, 1x RJ45, 1x Micro SD, 1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI | Webcam: HD type (30fps@720p) | Dimensions: 396.1 x 259.5 x 18.95 mm | Weight: 2.25 kg | Graphics: RTX 2080 (9SG), RTX 2070 (9SF), RTX 2060 (9SE) | OS: Windows 10 | Audio: 2x 2W Speaker

VERDICT:The MSI P75 Creator series machines are extremely high-end. They are properly aimed at producers and editors in mind. You get absolutely unparalleled CPU power and top of the line Graphics output as well as all the necessary power making this one of the most powerful laptops out there in the market today. This is definitely worth its price tag of a not so meager 2700$.

The first look of the elite machine!

The P75 prestige creator series comes in three different variants, namely the 9SG, 9SF, and the 9SE. The 9SG is different in a few aspects but the 9SF and the 9SE offer similar specs. The laptop itself has a few optional specifications which the users can choose for themselves, such as the screen which can be 1080p HD or 4K UltraHD. The P75 Creator laptops boast unrivaled specifications of 17.3” FullHD or UltraHD screens, i9 9th Gen Intel Processors and Nvidia RTX GPUs. All of those mouths watering aspects and more just inside 2.25 kg machine is quite unbelievable.

The MSI P75 series sets the bar high

Creators always like to work on portable machines rather than PCs and that is just the nature of their work and preference. The P75 series is dedicated to delivering astonishing results while allowing for maximum versatility through all of the options it provides. What we hope to do is guide users on the many uses and abilities of this line of Laptops, so that you can be familiar with what to expect from something of this caliber.

Once you open the product’s box, inside you should find the following materials inside:

  • Notebook
  • Quick Start Guide
  • AC/DC adapter and AC power cord
  • Optional carry bag

Design

The MSI P75 creator series notebooks/laptops are absolutely beautiful and the one word you would probably use to describe them is that they look elegant. There’s nothing flashy about them, unlike the more gaming-oriented MSI laptops which do look like a gamer’s tool.

Comparing the P75 series with its predecessor series the P65, the MSI P75 machines are quite different in the way they look and way more different in the way they perform. The screen hinges of the P75 are of a different make, the body is in a darker shade of silver/grey, we like both these aspects as a slightly darker shade especially if its glossy silver looks stunning.

Thin and compact for portability

The P75 series is heavier and is much larger than the P65 laptops. Once the laptop is closed you will see MSI’s logo situated at the top side in black, the P65 did not have a standout MSI logo on the back of the screen. The overall shape of the product is more box-like in the fact that the edges are more squarish rather than round. The laptop is very thin, actually extremely thin. It only stands up about 19mm from the surface. The MSI P75 series has a backlit black keyboard, the keys have a slight tactical or clicky feel to them once pressed and they get pushed down deeper. The keyboard is not mechanical but as stated earlier is slightly clicky. The P65 laptops were not clicky, they had a standard blend color keyboard and the keys were not tactile and were not very pleasing to use. The power button is located just above the keyboard and there are cooling openings here as well. The touchpad of the P75 is larger than the P65, it feels smoother and more responsive and also has a fingerprint sensor. The screen is also super thin at a 5.2mm thin bezel. Even with this thin a screen, there is not much play or flexibility which is super surprising especially if you couple it with the fact that this is a body made of a lighter material.

Every side has the cooling ventilators

The I/O of the laptop as per the case in all laptops are on the sides. The right side of the P75 carries a USB 3.1 Gen.1 Type-C port, a Thunderbolt Type-C port, 2x USB 3.1 Gen.2 ports, the HDMI slot and some space for ventilators. The Kensington lock hole is also located on the right side, for those of you unfamiliar with this, the Kensington lock is a fairly old feature found in probably most laptops/notebooks and prevents the theft of the machine if you use the lock to keep it in place. The left side of the P75 has some of the more obvious ports such as the Ethernet slot, charging slot, card reader, 1x USB 3.1 Gen.2, audio connectors (mic and headphone) and another ventilator opening the same as on the other side, for much better airflow and cooling. There are ventilator spots all around the backside of the product as well.

Flipping the laptop over you will first be directed towards the peculiar specially designed cooling system with its mazy ventilator openings. The three available SSD slots can be seen from here as well as the 2 Speakers each located at one corner of the P75.

Overall, we are super satisfied with this aspect of the product as MSI has clearly focused on making this a creators paradise, it looks professional and high-end. The overall focus MSI has given to the cooling department is insane, ventilators on every side of the machine is also a thought out plan.

Features

The MSI P75 comes loaded with a plethora of features, designed by the company for creators in mind. Note that the P75 series comes in a few variants with them being different on the basis of GPU, Screen Resolution, Operating systems and storage capabilities.

Coupled with the latest RTX GPUs

The MSI P75 comes in two options for your screen. You can choose the 1080p variant or the more elusive 4k variant but the refresh rate of the screen is limited to 60Hz. This is enough for editors or producers but is quite insufficient for gamers. You can also choose between the kind of RTX card you want to go for, 2060, 2070 or 2080 is dependant on your preference. The 9SF and 9SE have more storage options in 2x Extra slots for M.2 SSDs (NVME). So, you can never, we mean never run out of space with this much storage capacity available for your everyday use.

MSI claims that the product can work for 8 hours under normal load, if you thought this was less, well under heavy load the battery time goes down drastically depending on the load. Expect no more than 4 hours at high loads.

Thunderbolt is the way to the future

The Thunderbolt 3.0 feature is one of the bigger ones of this product in our opinion. You can now access data much faster than you could on A USB 3.0 and can have your laptop give output displays to multiple screens at 4k (60Hz). This makes it a must-have for content makers, editors and basically anyone with an interest in such specs.

MSI has also given proper attention to cooling as we said earlier, their CoolerBoost Trinity cooling solution works with 3 fans and Seven pipes all included within such a compact design to ensure proper airflow and excellent performance.

There is also a nice and user-friendly Creation Center feature that claims to make all your creation oriented work much easier and faster. You can customize this to further make your work experience more efficient and worthwhile.

Performance

Elegant Grey design gives a very pleasing look

With the P75 machine, you will get something no one else can, an 8 core 9th Gen. i9 CPU. This means unlimited power in processing, anything challenge will be done much faster and will not look like a challenge at all. With the RTX GPU’s you will find the most top of the line and latest visual displays and visual graphical power available to anyone today. With optional 4K HDR also available coupled with almost unlimited Storage and 64GB of Ram, this is a beast that will definitely outperform any laptop you will find. Keep in mind that the performance of the laptop can still not be compared to that of a dedicated high-end PC of the same specs, the PC will always win out. But as far as portable machines go this is the one. You also get Thunderbolt to share data much faster and multiple displays all up to 4k, you can work  in multiple screens without any trouble from the machine, it does not succumb to any load not only due to the top of the line specs but also due to the innovative cooling design that MSI has produced for the P75.

The battery however as expected gets taxed by all these power-hungry components in the CPU and the RTX GPUs. These are the most power-consuming products in their respective categories and it is no surprise to us that under load the battery life is less than satisfactory especially if you are willing to pay this high a price. We wish the battery issue was more effectively tackled by MSI.

Satisfying Consumer Needs

This is a product for professional PC users rather than Gamers. Gamers cannot find much joy in this even with the high ceiling of specs the machine boasts. MSI has gaming-oriented laptops with features such as RGB, Mechanical keys, good battery life and better refresh rates on the screen which the P75 simply doesn’t have just because it is intended for a different user base. It does let down some content creators, as for working for larger periods of time may be difficult due to constraints of battery life.

A finely crafted laptop with backlit keys

Conclusion

The MSI Prestige P75 Creator series machines come with 9th Gen. Intel i9 processors with up to 8 cores of CPU. This alone is unrivaled, this is the first machines to undertake such a feature. Couple that with the latest RTX GPU’s and you get yourself a monster machine, with more than enough Storage options and memory capabilities up to 64 GB.

The product is for content creators and definitely not a focused gamer product due to no mechanical keyboard, only 60hz refresh rate screen, etc, but it is probably the most powerful machine in terms of ability to produce and create videos, music, and imagery. Having said that, there are a few weaknesses. The laptop although sleek and compact is still larger than some of the other cheaper laptops going around and the battery consumption is a very big issue for us. The battery life goes down the more draining the load.

At the end we would like to say that this is the ultimate machine, there is no doubt about that, it is not for gamers but for content creators only. You can go for this if your requirements are extremely high and you can afford a machine costing about 2700$ but if you don’t have the extra cash to spend, we recommend going for something cheaper which can also get the job done very effectively.

Price at the time of review: $2700

The MSI Prestige P75 Creator Laptop

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User Rating: 4.63 ( 3 votes)

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