Are you kidding?! This RTX 4070 gaming laptop is just $1,199 for October Prime Day

MSI Katana 15
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Prime Day 2023 only has hours left to go, but that doesn't mean the best deals are behind us. The MSI Katana 15 was originally marked off $250, but it has now dropped to an absolutely incredible $400 off in this phenomenal deal.

Packed with a 13th Gen Intel i7 processor and RTX 4070, the MSI Katana 15 is $1,199 at Amazon in this Prime exclusive deal. We've seen plenty of gaming laptop deals during Prime Day, but this one is easily the most impressive, offering ideal mid-range RTX 4070 gaming performance alongside a powerful processor for 25% off.

MSI Katana 15: $1,599 $1,119 @ Amazon

MSI Katana 15: $1,599 $1,119 @ Amazon
The MSI Katana 15 is an excellent mid-range gaming laptop boasting an Intel Core i7-13620H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage and a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel IPS 144Hz display. While we found its color depth and peak brightness to be underwhelming, it is an excellent choice for cost-conscious gamers needing something strong without breaking the bank.

Why the MSI Katana 15 is the best gaming laptop Prime Day deal

The MSI Katana 15 is an excellent mid-range gaming laptop boasting Intel Core i7-13620H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage and a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel IPS 144Hz display. While we found its color depth and peak brightness to be underwhelming, it is an excellent choice for cost-conscious gamers needing something strong without breaking the bank.

When we reviewed the MSI Katana 15 we gave it a 4/5 and noted its superb gaming performance, solid productivity scores, satisfying keyboard, and decent sound system. Even at its initial launch price, we said it was pretty affordable for its specs and that MSI had chose great price at $1,599. But now seeing that the laptop has dropped to $1,199, it has become a real steal.

On the Geekbench 5.5 overall performance test, the Katana 15's multi-core score of 11,581 is surprisingly great considering the category average is all the way down at 5,643. It also performed excellently in gaming metrics, managing 96 frames per second on Grand Theft Auto V at 1080p, 94 fps on Far Cry 6, 103 fps on Dirty 5, 106 fps on Assassin's Creed Valhalla and 99 fps on Borderlands 3. 

There are only major two reasons we'd recommend against purchasing the MSI Katana 15 as your next gaming laptop. First of all, it's only ideal for those needing a mid-tier GPU, as those who prefer budget or high-end laptops should look elsewhere. But even then, I've previously written about how buying an RTX 4080 laptop or higher is setting your money on fire, so be sure to reconsider that decision.

Second, the Katana 15's display is underwhelming and is easily its greatest flaw. It only reproduced 46.1% of the DCI-P3 color gamut in our tests, and its average brightness rested at 248 nits. This is undeniably lackluster and dim, but considering the price point, it's no surprise that MSI had to sacrifice something to maintain its affordability.

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Sean Riley has been covering tech professionally for over a decade now. Most of that time was as a freelancer covering varied topics including phones, wearables, tablets, smart home devices, laptops, AR, VR, mobile payments, fintech, and more.  Sean is the resident mobile expert at Laptop Mag, specializing in phones and wearables, you'll find plenty of news, reviews, how-to, and opinion pieces on these subjects from him here. But Laptop Mag has also proven a perfect fit for that broad range of interests with reviews and news on the latest laptops, VR games, and computer accessories along with coverage on everything from NFTs to cybersecurity and more.