The katana, a sword that is recognizable as one of the most deadly weapons to have ever been associated with Japan. Even for professional swordsmiths, it is much more than just forging a blade. Throughout history, it was considered a spiritual undertaking as the ancient swordsmiths purified themselves before starting the forging process. It involved taking a bath under a waterfall, with this level of dedication practiced throughout the process of sword making. In may aspects, MSI have drew a likeness to the sword and its forging process with its Katana GF76 notebook. Creating a notebook that is equal parts powerful, as it is aesthetically simple.
CPU: 11th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Display: 17.3″ FHD (1920×1080), 144Hz, IPS-Level
Graphics : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6
Memory: 16GB DDR4-3200 Memory Type
Storage Capacity: 500GB SSD
I/O Ports: 1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen1, 2x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1, 1x Type-A USB2.0, 1x RJ45, 1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI, 1x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
Battery: 53.5 Battery (Whr)
The Katana GF76 embraces the ideology of finding links between aesthetics and science, while making use if sleek lines and curves. On top of implementing the Golden Ratio in its design, MSI has also partnered with visual artist Tsuyoshi Nagano who made art for the tactical RPG "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", as well as "Nobunaga's Ambition". In the creation of the GF76, he took inspiration from the katana.
The matte black finish contrasting the red backlit keyboard gives off a very simple and sleek appearance. MSI have broken the monotony with sharp lines and curves sprawled throughout the notebook. The speaker grill has been minimized to just a few lines spread precisely across the top of the notebook, while the the lower half of the notebook has just enough space for your palms to rest comfortably.
Being sleek, the laptop hides its size really well, given how thin the notebook feels. I found myself slowly getting mesmerized by the smaller details, and turning on the notebook take that a step further. The wallpaper is signed by Tsuyoshi Nagano, the very same person who helped design the GF76. It gives the Katana a personal touch that just brings the design back home. The level of precision and detail expressed from MSI, truly makes this a notebook worthy of the Katana name.
The wallpaper is signed by Tsuyoshi Nagano, the very same person who helped design the GF76.
I found myself using making less use of the speakers over the course of the review period.
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