MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES, full performance for gamers

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He MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES It is a mid-range gaming laptop that we can find a step above the MSI Katana 15 B13VFK-031XES, another laptop that we can recommend for gaming. Be that as it may, this particular model boasts high performance provided by its Intel Core i7-13700H processor in the company of an RTX 4070 graphics card. As if that were not enough, it consists of a 15.6-inch QHD screen with a 165Hz refresh rate and 1TB of NVMe PCIe storage.

If you are interested in getting to know this laptop in more depth and getting an idea of ​​how it performs when playing, we welcome you to our humble review of the MSI B13VGK-1406XES.

Technical characteristics of the MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES

MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES
DESIGN
Dimensions 359 x 24.9 x 259mm
Weight 2.25kg
Colors Black
SCREEN
Screen technology IPS, 165Hz
Dimension 15.6 inches
Resolution QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
Multitouch No
PERFORMANCE
CPU Intel Core i7-13700H
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, GDDR6 8GB
RAM 16 GB DDR5 (dual channel)
STORAGE
Ability 1TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4x4
memory card device No
Optical unit No
OPERATING SYSTEM
Version
CAMERA
Characteristics HD at 30fps
CONNECTIVITY
Wifi Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
Bluetooth Yes, 5.2
Connection ports
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 1 x USB 2.0 type-A
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 type-A
  • 1 x Ethernet
  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio/Microphone Combo
Video connectors HDMI 2.1
Battery Lithium-ion, 3 cells, 53.5 Wh
Official site M: YES

Design of the MSI B13VGK-1406XES

The MSI B13VGK-1406XES recycles the design that marks all the models in its series, so we know that a device awaits us with plastic chassis which reveals the places where the manufacturer made production cost cuts. Be that as it may, it is a 15.6-inch laptop with considerable dimensions and a weight of 2.25 kilograms, so it doesn’t win a prize for its portability either.

MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES - Design

On the other hand, we have more positive things to say about the keyboard, as it is full size, has a number pad and provides a satisfactory 1.7mm key travel. As you can see in the images, It also has backlighting (4 RGB zones) that we can customize using the MSI software. The fact that the WASD, space and power keys have transparency gives the laptop an extra touch of style. Unfortunately, it lacks a fingerprint reader, and the HD webcam isn’t good enough to support facial recognition, so we won’t be able to use Windows Hello for biometric recognition.

MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES - Keyboard

At the bottom we will find rubber feet and several vents that allow the team to breathe when exerting themselves. Meanwhile, the sides are home to several ports, which we will delve into at the end of this entry.

Screen

Where most of MSI’s Katana 15 series laptops are mediocre, the MSI B13VGK-1406XES stands out, and this is due to its 15.6-inch IPS panel with QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 165Hz refresh rate. This not only fluid and has a high image definition, but also strives to provide us with accurate colors, and to show a button, the screen covers 100% of the DCI-P3 spectrum.

MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES - Screen 1

Performance and features of the MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES

The MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES is equipped with one of the best processors that Intel has to offer today, the Core i7-13700H, a CPU with 14 cores and 20 threads at a maximum frequency of 5Ghz. It scores more than 11,800 points in the Geekbench 5 multi-core test, while it scores 1,893 points in the single-core test.

Said CPU is exactly what its accompanying graphics card needs, the RTX 4070 8 GB, so as not to suffer bottlenecks in any demanding 3D game or application. Likewise, it consists of 16GB DDR5 RAM in dual channel with a 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD storage.

MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES - Gaming Performance

Being a gaming laptop, it is logical to give references on how it performs in games. In this order of ideas, the MSI B13VGK-1406XES can achieve 70 frames per second or more in Read Dead Redemption 2 in ultra quality and 1080p resolution. Meanwhile, in Metro Exodus it reaches an average of 90+ FPS with the graphics on high (around 70FPS on Ultra). In older titles like GTA V and Dirt 5 it can even sustain 100FPS most of the time. In eSports like Valorant and Fortnite you can put those 165Hz to use with competitive graphics settings.

With that in mind, the team keeps temperatures under control using a cooling system consisting of 6 heat pipes of shared design together with two fans. It expels heat from the sides, but it is not 100% effective, as you can feel a little heat on the keyboard and other sections of the body even when we are not playing.

MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES - Cooling

At this point we would normally point out the installed operating system in question, but unfortunately the MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES does not include one.

Autonomy

Gaming laptops do not usually have good autonomy, and if you expected the MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES to break that curse, you will be very disappointed. The 53.5Whr battery that powers the equipment, we have seen it in all the variants of its series and it normally only provides 3 hours of web browsing or 5 hours of local video playback. In gaming we can consider ourselves lucky if we have enough time for more than 1 and a half hours of play.

Connectivity

At the wireless level we can count on Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 among its main connectivity options, while on a physical level we find a plethora of ports, although without Thunderbolt. In this sense, there is 3 USB Type A ports, one USB Type C port (DisplayPort compatible)an HDMI 2.1 video output, a 3.5mm combo audio jack and, finally, a LAN port.

MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES - Connectivity

Availability and price of the MSI Katana 15 B13VGK-1406XES

Those interested in the MSI B13VGK-1406XES can purchase it through Amazon.es, PC Componentes or Media Markt by following the links above.

PROS:
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good keyboard
  • The price is not very high
  • Screen with 165Hz refresh rate
CONS:
  • Poor autonomy
  • Does not include operating system
  • Without fingerprint reader
8.3
Total score
Design and materials
8.2
Screen
8
CPU performance
9.5
GPU performance
9
Battery
6
Connectivity
9

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