The latest MSI Bravo 15 B5DD is a step backwards for the series
Much like the MSI Alpha series and Delta series, the budget-oriented Bravo series is powered solely by AMD processors and GPUs. The latest this year is the Bravo 15 B5DD equipped with an AMD Ryzen Zen 3 5600H or 5800H CPU and a Radeon RX 5500M GPU for a relatively inexpensive staring price of $700 or $800 USD. The model replaces the 2020 Bravo 15 which came with older Zen 2 CPUs instead. Their differences, however, are far more than just internal.
The newer Bravo 15 B series is a complete top-to-bottom redesign of the older Bravo 15 A series. While this might sound great on paper, the newer design isn't necessarily a boon. Our table below illustrates some of the differences between the older and newer models and many of them are not in favor of the newer model. The thicker dimensions, poorer colors, fewer USB-C ports, and fewer internal storage options all make the newer Bravo 15 B series not as attractive as it could have been.
To add insult to injury, the aging Radeon RX 5500M is the only GPU option available. Performance is roughly on par with the mobile GeForce GTX 1060 which is now a 6-year old GPU.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of the 2022 model is its faster Zen 3 CPU options over the 2020 model. Other than that, users may want to consider the MSI Alpha or Delta series instead which come with more modern Radeon RX 6000M series GPUs.
|2020 MSI Bravo 15 A4DCR||2022 MSI Bravo 15 B5DD|
|CPU||Up to Zen 2 Ryzen 7 4800H||Up to Zen 3 Ryzen 7 5800H|
|Display||87 percent sRGB||63 percent sRGB|
|Internal Storage Bays||2x M.2 2280 slots||1x M.2 2280 slot|
|Keyboard||White w/ no numpad||Red w/ numpad|
|# of USB-A Ports, # of USB-C Ports||2, 2||3, 1|
|Dimensions||22 x 359 x 254 mm||24.95 x 359 x 259 mm|
|Weight||2.0 kg||2.3 kg|