MSI Katana 15 with RTX 4050 reviewed: US$1499.99 for a budget gamer at the RTX 3060 level is too much
We've just finished our review of the MSI Katana 15 12VEK. Actually an exciting device, for MSI combines a brand new RTX 4050 with a Gen12 Alder Lake CPU from Intel. Not a bad idea for a budget gamer, we thought, until we saw the price.
US$1499.99 is a touch too much for what is on offer. Of course, the new RTX 4050 proves to be significantly more efficient than an RTX 3060 from last year, but is rarely faster in the Katana 15. Otherwise, MSI installs a lot of old technology.
For example, one of the USB ports is still of the 2.0 type, the Full HD panel is unduly dark at around 250 nits in 2023, Thunderbolt is not available, an SD reader is missing, and the battery is comparatively small.
Most RTX 3060 gamers offer greater performance, better port options, a brighter display, Thunderbolt and a bigger battery for less money. The RTX 4050 is certainly not worth the price premium compared to an RTX 3060 to offset all these disadvantages with a little more efficiency alone! Please reconsider the price, MSI!