MSI Katana 15

MSI Katana 15

MSI Katana 15

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BEST RATING
Gaming & AI:
4.3
GENERAL USE: Good7.5/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.7/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.8/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.0/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.5/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.9/10
BATTERY: Fair6.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.7/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.0/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The MSI Katana 15 offers a lower mid-range price point and is equipped with ample storage and memory, making it capable for general and gaming use. It has a mid-tier Intel i5 processor and a Nvidia RTX 4060 GPU that allow for hardware ray tracing and DLSS, providing solid performance for 3D rendering and intensive gaming. The 15.6-inch IPS display gives you a full HD resolution at a high refresh rate, enhancing fast motion visuals, but it's not a touchscreen. Its contrast and color range are decent though it may not be the best for color-sensitive work. The build includes a backlit keyboard with a number pad, Ethernet, and USB-C ports, but not Thunderbolt. It's fairly portable and offers around 4 hours of battery life under typical usage. Overall, this laptop balances performance for both general use and gaming but may not excel in battery life or the highest color accuracy for professional creative work. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good general and engineering performance
  • Decent portability for a gaming laptop
  • Reasonable keyboard and speaker quality
Cons
  • Moderate battery life at just four hours
  • Limited screen color range
  • Not the lightest at nearly five pounds

Ratings by Category

Gaming & AI:
4.3
The MSI Katana 15 is good for gaming and 3D due to its Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics card which delivers strong rendering performance for gaming and 3D applications, and a screen refresh rate of 144Hz which provides smooth motion for fast-paced action and detailed visual work.
Engineering & Design:
4.3
The MSI Katana 15 is equipped with a powerful main processor, sufficient RAM, and a dedicated GPU, all of which are crucial for demanding engineering and design tasks. Its display offers high resolution and color accuracy, which are essential for detailed visual work.
General Use:
4.2
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Content Creation:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.2
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Build Quality:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Software Development:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.0
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Operating Noise:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Portability:
3.9
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Battery Life:
3.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,177
Release Date
February 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 10.2'' x 0.98''
Weight
4.96 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-12450H
Graphics
RTX 4060 (105 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
4 Hours
Battery Capacity
53.5 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
144Hz
Display Brightness
258 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.2/10
Portability Score
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6.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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7.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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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."

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