Now down below the US$900 threshold thanks to a generous 22% Amazon discount, the MSI Katana GF66 gaming laptop is a deal worth checking out. This 15.6-inch machine comes with Intel Core i7-12650H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, 16 GB memory, 512 GB SSD, and runs Windows 11 Home out of the box.
Last year, the MSI Katana GF66 with Intel Core i7-12700H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics visited our labs for an in-depth review. The less potent MSI Katana GF66 12UD-436 shares many features with the 12UGS, a machine that turned out to be “a laptop with a balanced price-performance ratio, delivering a fairly affordable entry into the top class of mobile gaming.”
Now, the MSI Katana GF66 with Intel Core i7-12650H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics is down by 22% on Amazon, so those interested can buy it for the lowest price in 30 days. This discount pushes the US$1,149 list price down to US$899. In addition to the processor and video card mentioned above, the 12UD-436 model also comes with 16 GB of memory, 512 GB NVMe SSD storage, USB-C 3.2 Gen1, a 15.6-inch 144 Hz display, and Windows 11 Home.
If our in-depth review mentioned earlier is not enough, those interested in buying a new gaming laptop for less than US$1,000 should also know that the MSI Katana family has a good rating on Amazon. The discounted model is now sharing 1,537 user reviews with a few other siblings. The general rating is 4.5/5 stars, with 74% perfect scores and 15% 4/5 ratings. The breakdown by feature focuses on screen quality and gaming performance (4.5), value for money and portability (4.2), quality of materials (4.1), and battery life (3.7).
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Codrut Nistor, 2023-02- 5 (Update: 2023-02- 5)