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LOQ 15VS
Katana 15
$950
$1,211
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Key differences

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Performance

8.4
LOQ 15
Katana 15
7.9
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Lenovo LOQ 15 performs better than the MSI Katana 15 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Screen Quality

7.1
LOQ 15
Katana 15
6.8
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Lenovo LOQ 15 has a better screen than the MSI Katana 15 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Battery

6.0 Hours
LOQ 15
Katana 15
4.0 Hours
The Lenovo LOQ 15 has 6 hours of battery life. The MSI Katana 15 has 4 hours of battery life.

Cost

$950
LOQ 15
Katana 15
$1,211
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The Lenovo LOQ 15 has a price of $950 and the MSI Katana 15 costs $1,211.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.9
LOQ 15
Katana 15
7.5
The Lenovo LOQ 15 and MSI Katana 15 are both good for general use.

Gaming and 3D

7.9
LOQ 15
Katana 15
7.6
The Lenovo LOQ 15 and MSI Katana 15 are both good for gaming and 3D.

Engineering and Design

8.2
LOQ 15
Katana 15
7.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Lenovo LOQ 15 to be very good for engineering and design, while the MSI Katana 15 is good.

Portability

Fair
LOQ 15
Katana 15
Fair
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
5.2 lbs
WEIGHT
4.9 lbs
0.9in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The MSI Katana 15 and Lenovo LOQ 15 both have only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.4
LOQ 15
Katana 15
7.2
The Lenovo LOQ 15 and MSI Katana 15 both have good build quality.

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How the Lenovo LOQ 15 and the MSI Katana 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Lenovo LOQ 15MSI Katana 15
Lenovo LOQ 15MSI Katana 15

GENERAL

Price
$950
$1,211
Brand
LenovoMSI
Release Date
January 03 2023January 02 2023
Operating System
Windows 11 HomeWindows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 10.4'' x 0.99''14.1'' x 10.2'' x 0.98''
Weight
5.29 lbs4.96 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13700HIntel i5-12450H
Overall CPU Score
9.1/106.6/10
Graphics
RTX 4060 (115 W)RTX 4060 (105 W)
Overall GPU Score
9.4/109.3/10
RAM
16 gb16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
General Use Screen Score
7.3/107/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
7.2/106.9/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
7.1/106.7/10
Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
33
USB-C ports
11
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
11
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
22

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 hours4 hours
Battery Capacity
60 wh53.5 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
1080p720p
Keyboard Quality Score
8/107.5/10
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Number Pad
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
7.4/107.2/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better BatteryLenovo LOQ 15
More portable Roughly equal
Better for Gaming Roughly equal
Better keyboardLenovo LOQ 15

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Lenovo LOQ 15

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PCMag

Mark Knapp | August 2023
"Even after a short time with the LOQ 15, you'll find it has a lot going for it, but ultimately it's just "good"—not quite a star. The performance is respectable for the hardware it’s running, but Lenovo had to make some design sacrifices to trim the price. One of the better aspects is the keyboard, making it one of the better low-cost gaming laptops to actually put your hands on."

MSI Katana 15

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NotebookCheck

Christian Hintze | March 2023
"The MSI Katana 15 B12 combines a Gen12 CPU with an RTX 4050, which is actually not a bad idea for a budget gamer. The CPU is anything but bad and the GPU in the Katana 15 proves to be significantly more efficient than last year's models. However, our main point of criticism for budget gamers is the price: while you can get budget laptops with RTX 3060 from around US$800, you pay a whole US$1,499.99 here! The efficiency advantages of the RTX 4050 do not justify this price premium."

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese technology company, and the largest personal computer vendor. They are well known for a variety of technology products, including laptops. Their consumer series include their entry level IdeaPad and LOQ series and mid-to-high-end Yoga and Legion series. On the business-oriented side, their series include their entry-level ThinkBook series and mid-to-high-end ThinkPad series. Lenovo laptops offer strong performance for reasonable prices, and are often on sale.

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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