MSI Katana 17

MSI Katana 17

MSI Katana 17

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BEST RATING
Engineering & Design:
4.5
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.1/10
GAMING/3D: Very Good8.0/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.4/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.2/10
BATTERY: Poor5.1/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.9/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Excellent9.0/10
SIZE: 17.3"








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Pros
  • Large 17-inch display
  • High refresh rate screen
  • Powerful Intel i7 processor
  • Robust Nvidia RTX 4060 GPU
  • Substantial 32GB of RAM
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • Fairly hefty at 5.7 pounds
  • No USB-C charging support
  • No Thunderbolt or USB4 ports

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
4.5
The MSI Katana 17 excels in engineering and design use due to its powerful main processor and high-end GPU which handle demanding applications smoothly, combined with ample RAM for multitasking and a quality screen that provides clear visuals and accurate colors necessary for design work. However, with a fair portability score, it's less convenient to carry around and while it has a good keyboard, the speaker and portability are not its strongest points compared to its performance and screen quality.
General Use:
4.4
The MSI Katana 17 offers a powerful CPU and ample RAM which ensure smooth performance in general use, while the IPS display promises good screen quality. However, its large screen and heavier weight compromise portability and it has modest battery life, making it less ideal for frequent travel.
Gaming, 3D & AI:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Gaming and 3D Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as general performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and 3D work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.
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.
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:
3.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,576
Brand
MSI
Release Date
January 05 2023
Operating System
Windows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 10.8'' x 0.99''
Weight
5.73 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13620H
Overall CPU Score
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9/10
Graphics
RTX 4060 (105 W)
Overall GPU Score
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9.3/10
RAM
32 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 1080
General Use Screen Score
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7/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
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6.9/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
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6.8/10
Diagonal Size
17.3"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
1
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
2

BATTERY

Battery Life
3 hours
Battery Capacity
53.5 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

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

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
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7.2/10
Warranty Period
1 year

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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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