MSI Pulse 15 (B13V) review – climbing up through the ranks

MSI Pulse is a laptop that aims to combine affordability with genuine performance. This differentiates the product from its close relative – the Katana. In addition to some visual changes, however, the manufacturer relies on even more powerful hardware.

In comparison to the Katana, the processor, you get is the Intel Core i7-13700H. It has the full package of P-cores and E-cores, instead of the limited Core i7-123620H, found on the Katana.

This will help with both productivity and gaming, as no bottleneck should be expected. MSI calls the RTX 4070 it puts inside this machine a full power GPU. What this means is that it has 140W of TGP. Interestingly, you will rarely be able to hit those in games. Spoiler alert – the cooling is not an issue.

As of the time of writing this review, the RTX 4060 version of the device will come equipped with a 1080p 360Hz display, while the RTX 4070 will feature a 240Hz 1440p unit.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

MSI Pulse 15 (B13Vx) - Specs

  • Sharp LQ156T1JW04 (SHP153C)
  • Color accuracy  5.8  1.9
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 64GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, No OS, Windows 11 Pro
  • Battery
  • 90Wh, 4-cell
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 359 x 259 x 26.9 mm (14.13" x 10.20" x 1.06")
  • Weight
  • 2.30 kg (5.1 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 2.0
  • 2x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Nahimic Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All MSI Pulse 15 (B13Vx) configurations



All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here:

What’s in the box?

The packaging here is pretty standard – you get some paperwork, as well as a 240W power adapter.

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2 months ago

but what is the cpu wat ?

10 days ago
Reply to  allan

4060’s sit at about 97 watts and 4070’s at 110 watts

Roberto Stecca
Roberto Stecca
4 days ago

I was completely surprised (in a good way) by MSI Pulse 15 B13V. I had never thought about buying an MSI laptop as it’s brand is not among the top famous in the category. I bought it at a computer store in Chicago and the sales person was skilfull enough to convince me it would be the best option when you’re looking for performance at an afordable price. The cost-effectiveness is the highest. The new Intel 13th generation CPU with 2 types of cores delivers an astonishing performance in all kinds of situations/uses. The MSI software embedded with the factory… Read more »