We have been umming and ahhing within the workplace in the present day over this pair of RTX 4070 powered gaming laptop computer offers. Each of that are sat at a genuinely spectacular worth, although each of include their very own little caveats. Not enormous ones, or we would not be recommending them, however actually sufficient to imply we won’t fairly determine which one we might 100% suggest.
The choices are thus: a $310 low cost (opens in new tab) on among the best RTX 4070 laptops round—the The Lenovo Legion Professional 7i—which has dropped down from $2,300 to only $1,990; or a less expensive RTX 4070-toting $1,479 MSI Katana (opens in new tab). That is the one with the caveat as a result of it ships with a decrease wattage GPU variant, subsequently middling cooling, and a smaller low cost of $20.
Now, to offer some context we have been checking the numbers on the Lenovo Legion Professional 7i’s RTX 4080 mannequin (opens in new tab), and the numbers are so effectively balanced that, particularly for its worth, it is exhausting to not love. The equally tempting Legion Professional 7i we’re contemplating right here is successfully the identical laptop computer, full with a robust Intel Core i9 13900HX, solely it is as a substitute paired with Nvidia’s RTX 4070.
You continue to get the identical 1TB SSD, the identical 16:10 display, and though you are not getting 32GB of DDR5-6000 as with the RTX 4080 model, its sister offers us actual hope. Our essential difficulty has been with the 60 minute battery life, which is a little bit missing in opposition to another laptops we have been testing.
As for this little dealio dilemma, you are at the least going to be bagging a barely higher-power GPU with the Legion, than with the Katana listed right here. That is the most important distinction between the 2 laptop computer’s, truly. The Katana packs a 105W GPU in opposition to the Legion’s 140W RTX 4070 variant, and it will imply a slight downturn relating to efficiency.
The MSI Katana isn’t any slouch, although. Regardless of the RTX 4070 being paired with Intel’s last-gen Core i7 twelfth Gen 12650H it is acquired quite a bit going for it for the worth. The 16GB of DDR5 reminiscence ought to see you although in most of in the present day’s use circumstances, and with a 144Hz panel and a very good chunk of storage there’s hardly a factor to complain about. Besides maybe the bloatware we have come to anticipate with MSI laptops, as was a significant concern we famous in our latest MSI Cyborg 15 assessment (opens in new tab). It is also doubtless not the very best relating to temps, which helps clarify the selection of 105W GPU.
The a lot cheaper price is beginning to make sense now, huh? However you may see why we’re having bother deciding which one to suggest.
Do you go together with the Katana for $500 much less, and take the hit to efficiency and thermals, in addition to the potential bloatware… or spend the additional money on the Legion, however be tethered to the wall and a little bit extra out of pocket for some time? When you can afford it the Legion is completely the higher machine, with a faster GPU, CPU, and higher display. However are you able to spare one other 5 hundred clams?
Choices, choices. No less than there are alternatives, although.