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MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
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Updated January 12, 2024·

When considering the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) and the MSI Katana 17, the MacBook often comes with a higher price due to its build quality, ecosystem, and performance suitable for professional creative work like video editing or music production. It integrates seamlessly with other Apple devices and offers a high-resolution Retina display. On the other hand, the MSI Katana 17 may be a cost-effective choice for gaming or tasks that require a dedicated graphics card at a lower price point. The Katana might also offer more ports and upgradability options than the MacBook Pro. However, the MacBook Pro typically has longer battery life and a more premium build, while the MSI is easier to service and upgrade. Make your decision based on whether you prioritize MacOS and build quality or gaming performance and price. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Excellent overall display quality
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Good portability
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the MSI Katana 17
  • Very good for gaming and AI

Key differences

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General Use

8.8
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
7.9
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
487.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
256.0 nits
17.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
3.0 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.2/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is very good for general use, while the MSI Katana 17 is good.

Gaming and AI

7.4
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
8.1
5.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.3/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The MSI Katana 17 is very good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is good.

Content Creation

8.9
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
8.0
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
18.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) and MSI Katana 17 are both very good for content creation, though the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is somewhat better.

Software Development

8.9
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
7.6
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
18.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is very good for software development, while the MSI Katana 17 is good.

Screen Quality

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
6.9
16.2in
SIZE
17.3in
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
487.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
256.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has a better screen than the MSI Katana 17 for general use, AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

17.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
3.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life. The MSI Katana 17 has 3 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
Fair
16.2in
SIZE
17.3in
4.7 lbs
WEIGHT
5.7 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) has good portability, while the MSI Katana 17 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
7.2
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) has best in class build quality, while the MSI Katana 17 has good build quality.

Cost

$2,334
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
$1,399
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) has a price of $2,334 and the MSI Katana 17 costs $1,399.
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Key similarities

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Engineering and Design

8.7
MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)
Katana 17
8.5
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
5.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.3/10
18.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) and MSI Katana 17 are both very good for engineering and design.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) and the MSI Katana 17 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)MSI Katana 17
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)MSI Katana 17

GENERAL

Price
$2,334
$1,399
Release Date
November 1, 2023May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''15.7'' x 10.8'' x 0.99''
Weight
4.7 lbs5.73 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M3 Pro (12C)Intel i7-13620H
Graphics
M3 Pro (18C) RTX 4060 (105 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
18 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 Hours3 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 Wh53.5 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16.2"17.3"
Display Technology
Mini LEDIPS
Resolution
3456 x 22341920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
120Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
487 nits256 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/107.2/10
Portability Score
7.6/106.2/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
8.8/107/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/107.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
03
USB-C ports
31
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
22
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)

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Andreas Osthoff | February 2023
"The Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023: M2 Max challenges GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The new MacBook Pro 16 2023 with the M2 Max SoC is the most powerful laptop Apple has on sale right now. While we do not get the expected performance and efficiency improvements from completely new 3 nm chips, which we expected ahead of the launch, the 2023 model is still a solid update. The CPU of the M2 Max can be up to 20 % faster than the old model and we also see an advantage of 25-30 % for the GPU with 38 cores. However, both components also consume more power, so the efficiency did not change that much under maximum load."

MSI Katana 17

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Benjamin Herzig | February 2023
"The MSI Katana 17 B13V laptop impressed us in its main area of competency - gaming. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 ensures high-performance levels which can compete with the previous generation's RTX 3070 Ti. In addition to the speedy GPU, the MSI comes with a 144 Hz display as well as an RGB keyboard and provides a very good typing experience. Despite the power at hand, the laptop remains comparatively cool."

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About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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