Notebookcheck Logo

MSI Katana 15 B13VEK

Specifications

MSI Katana 15 B13VEK
MSI Katana 15 B13VEK (Katana 15 2023 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-13620H 10 x 1.8 - 4.9 GHz, Raptor Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU - 6 GB VRAM, Core: 2355 MHz, 105 W TDP, GDDR6
Memory
16 GB 
, DDR4-5200
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, 144 Hz
Storage
2x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen4)
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm
Networking
10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit/s), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.9 x 359 x 259 ( = 0.98 x 14.13 x 10.2 in)
Battery
53.5 Wh, 3-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
Weight
2.25 kg ( = 79.37 oz / 4.96 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 6 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 90%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 60%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI Katana 15 B13VEK

80% MSI Katana 15 (2023) review: an ideal first gaming laptop
Source: Techradar English
The MSI Katana 15 (2023) balances design and performance with a relatively affordable price to be a great option for those seeking their first or at least an affordable gaming laptop. It has solid 1080p performance and everything – except for the battery life and trackpad – is good enough.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/17/2023
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
[REVIEW] MSI Katana 15 (B13V) - Budget gaming laptops shouldn't be this expensive
Source: Laptop Media English
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/22/2023
60% MSI Katana 15 B13V review: A good gaming laptop let down by its display
Source: Expert Reviews English
There’s a lot to like about the latest Katana from MSI. It’s compact, graced with a good keyboard and a decent sound system, while performance – both gaming and general – is very impressive. It would have been impossible to recommend with a price of £1,500 thanks to the sub-par display and wretched battery life but, at £1,200, the failings are a little easier to swallow. That said, a half-decent 165Hz display and an 80Wh+ battery is not a ridiculous ask for that sort of money.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/24/2023
Rating: Total score: 60%
MSI Katana 15 (B13V) review – the generational leap is huge but the price is not very pleasant
Source: Laptop Media English
Like in the past, MSI’s Katana 15 has its downsides. But thanks to the early adoption of the RTX 4000 GPUs, this device can become a best seller in no time. In fact, NVIDIA’s RTX 4050 shows an incredible performance jump, making it not only obliterate the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti, but also trade blows, and even beat the RTX 3060. Unfortunately, this leads to some shenanigans with the pricing of the new laptops. The Katana, which was known for its low price (hence more than one cost-cutting compromise), now is not so friendly towards your budget. This makes it pretty hard to recommend. But what are the aforementioned compromises in the case of the Katana 15 (B13V)? Well, let’s start with the all-plastic build. It doesn’t feel cheap, but its chassis is a little flexy. Not to mention the bouncy lid. Indeed, now all models receive a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, but the touchpad is far from the likes of the Lenovo Legion 5 from 2022 for example. Not only that, but there is no Thunderbolt 4 connection, and one of the USB Type-As runs at 2.0 speeds
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/29/2023

Foreign Reviews

Đánh giá MSI Gaming Katana 15: Thần Long RTX 4050 giáng thế
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; big screen; simple design; comfortable keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/06/2023
Trên tay MSI Katana 15: Sự lựa chọn hoàn hảo cho game thủ và người dùng đa năng
Source: Cell Phones VN→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; great dedicated graphics card; high gaming performance; premium design; solid workmanship.
Hands-On, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/08/2023

Comment

NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU: Mid-range graphics card for laptops based on the Ada Lovelace architecture. Offers 6 GB GDDR6 (96 Bit) and is configurable with a TGP of 35 - 115W (+ Dynamic Boost). 

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


i7-13620H: Alder Lake based mobile CPU with 6 performance cores and 4 efficient cores. The performance cores offer hyper threading, leading to 16 threads that can be processed. The CPU clocks from 1.8 to 4.9 GHz and supports vPro.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.60":

15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI) was founded in 1986 in Taiwan. MSI is especially known as a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards for PCs, but also offers computer accessories, complete systems, motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktop PCs, monitors and other components. However, the Microstar brand name in Germany belongs to the Medion company. MSI is known for its gaming products and has developed a wide range of gaming laptops and desktop PCs. The company is also active in workstations, servers and industrial automation. MSI has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.


70%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

Please share our article, every link counts!
Current Prices

Similar devices from a different Manufacturer

Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8, i7-13620H RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
Lenovo LOQ 16IRH8, i7-13620H RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Acer Nitro 16 AN16-41, R5 7640HS RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Phoenix (Zen 4, Ryzen 7040) R5 7640HS
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-H i7-13700H
Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED K6502VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-H i9-13900H
Gigabyte G5 MF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i5-12500H
Lenovo LOQ 15APH8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Phoenix (Zen 4, Ryzen 7040) R7 7840HS
MSI Bravo 15 C7V
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Rembrandt (Zen 3+) R7 7735HS
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-H i7-13700H
Medion Erazer Crawler E40
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-H i5-13500H
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA507NU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Rembrandt (Zen 3+) R7 7735HS
Lenovo Legion Pro 5 16IRX8, i5-13500HX RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-HX i5-13500HX
Acer Nitro 16 AN16-41, R5 7535HS RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Rembrandt (Zen 3+) R5 7535HS
MSI Cyborg 15 A12VE, i7-12650H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i7-12650H
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15ARH7, R5 7535HS RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Rembrandt (Zen 3+) R5 7535HS
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i 16 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-H i7-13705H
MSI Cyborg 15 A12VE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i7-12650H
Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 PHN16-71
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-HX i5-13500HX
Asus ROG Strix G16 G614JU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-HX i5-13450HX
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-S i7-12700H
MSI GF63 Thin 12VE-066US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i7-12650H
MSI GF63 Thin 12VE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i5-12450H
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-H i7-13700H
Schenker XMG Focus 15 (E23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-HX i9-13900HX
MSI Katana 15 B12VEK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i7-12650H

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Dell G15 5530, i5-13450HX RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-HX i5-13450HX, 2.81 kg
Dell G15 5530, RTX 4050
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-HX i7-13650HX, 2.8 kg

Devices with the same GPU

HP Victus 16-r0000ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Raptor Lake-H i7-13700H, 16.10", 2.33 kg
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R6L9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Phoenix (Zen 4, Ryzen 7040) R7 7840HS, 17.30", 3 kg
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Library > MSI > MSI Katana 15 B13VEK
Stefan Hinum, 2023-05- 7 (Update: 2023-05- 7)