Promo €839 MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR, thin and light Ultrabook gaming laptop PC 15″ 144Hz Discreet gray under Intel Core i5 with GeForce RTX 4050 + Windows 11

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Our opinion on the MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR

Easy to transport for a creative gaming laptop MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR thin and light supports recent games thanks to its GeForce RTX 4050 ray tracing NVIDIA Ada Lovelace graphics card. This GPU accelerates multimedia processing like the 16 GB of RAM and the hybrid Intel Core i5-12450H Alder Lake processor which hold up, but also the fast 512 GB SSD storage which reinforces responsiveness. This gray Windows 11 Ultrabook laptop designed to play and create has a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen with a frequency of 144Hz improves fluidity in games, a backlit keyboard (but without numeric keypad) and connectivity with Wi-Fi 6E and Ethernet.

Features of the MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR

Screen(s) 15.6″ Full HD LED IPS 144Hz (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)
Processor Intel Core i5-12450H Alder Lake-H (8 cores: 4P 2.0 GHz / 4E 1.5 GHz)
Installed RAM (max) 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
Graphic card NVIDIA Ada Lovelace GeForce RTX 4050 6 GB dedicated GDDR6 (45W boost, 1605MHz), Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor and Optimus
Storage 512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4) + 1 free 2.5-inch slot
Connections 3 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI (4K@30Hz, 4K@120Hz)
Network Wi-Fi 6E ax (2×2, Intel AX211), Bluetooth 5.3 + Gigabit Ethernet
Backlit Keyboard Yes, blue
Numeric keypad
Windows Hello
Audio system 2 speakers (2 x 2W), DTS Audio
Operating system Windows 11 64-bit
Announced autonomy / Battery 4 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 52.4Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 1.86 Kg / 359 x 254 x 21.7

The MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR faces the competition

The MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR is now on sale at Darty and the Fnac. It offers a configuration/price ratio attractive for its category where it is one of the cheapest to offer such a high-performance graphics card and processor in such a thin and light package with Windows provided.

If this MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR does not meet all your criteria, you will find it in our guide Gaming laptop other configurations to play with a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the greatest impact on performance.

Chassis, connections, screen of the MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR

Cooled by Cooler Boost technology, it adopts a rather discreet appearance with its thin and light gray Cosmos Gray design.

This creative gaming laptop PC has good connectivity with its USB-C (but not Thunderbolt, too bad!), its practical HDMI video output for easily connecting it to a TV or monitor for example, its Wi-Fi 6E ax and Bluetooth 5.3 modules for wireless remote connections and communications, its Ethernet and audio ports but also its 3 USB including 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when USB 3.0 devices are connected.

SteelSeries helped MSI design the chiclet keyboard to suit gamers' habits. You can activate its backlighting to better distinguish your keys in a dimly lit environment.
On the other hand, those who regularly enter numbers will undoubtedly regret the absence of a numeric keypad, which is standard from 15 inches.

MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR

Gamers will appreciate that the screen adopts a refresh rate of 144Hz because it clearly improves overall fluidity, including in games, compared to the standard 60Hz.
With its 16:9 Full HD specifications, the screen is also suitable for videos, while its anti-reflective treatment makes it more readable in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors) than a shiny panel. Its viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical, are significant thanks to its IPS technology.

Performance, battery life of the MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR

The MSI Thin 15 B12VE-1473FR is a versatile 15-inch laptop that performs well in creative-oriented gaming and is quite easy to carry.

In fact, it is positioned in the Ultrabook clan thanks to its thinness and contained weight.
On the other hand, its autonomy will not appeal to demanding nomads: expect around 4 hours of battery operation in light use despite the presence of Optimus.

NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that evaluates graphics needs in real time and activates the dedicated GeForce RTX 4050 card for heavy work, typically for gaming.

It is the Iris Xe graphics solution with modest benefits housed in the processor and energy efficient which is favored as much as possible by Optimus.

Whether with the Iris Xe or the GeForce RTX 4050, you can obviously watch photos and videos.

It is the Core i5-12450H which houses the Iris Xe, an Intel Core Alder Lake hybrid processor with 8 hybrid cores here coupled with 16 GB of RAM to provide good general performance capable of satisfying many users .

If for demanding multimedia processing we would rather opt for a PC based on a processor equipped with a higher number of efficient cores, the Core i5-12450H and the 16 GB of RAM nevertheless offer the advantage of deploying their potential under software intensive in processor and RAM resources to provide faster processing than a Quad Core and 8 GB DDR4/5. The difference is noticeable in areas requiring CPU and RAM resources that take advantage of multi-core, such as photo editing or video conversion.

Thanks to the dedicated NVIDIA Ada Lovelace GeForce RTX 4050 onboard ray tracing graphics card, we can play recent games with a few concessions under the most demanding titles in 3D resources due to the limited TDP of this GPU.

Gamers will therefore appreciate the GeForce RTX 4050. But also creators. Because it accelerates processing under software using GPU computing power, such as VSDC, Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.

In terms of storage, Asus offers a 2.5-inch slot available to accommodate a hard drive or SSD if you need more capacity. As a base, this versatile Ultrabook includes a 512 GB M.2 SSD, a capacity corresponding to that offered by many models on the market. And to the standard of hard drives.

Launching games/software, processing and starting/stopping are faster with an SSD than with a hard drive, and online game cards, for example, can be accessed more quickly.
Responsiveness and fluidity are generally much better with an SSD than with a hard drive.

Remember in this regard that an SSD is much faster than a hard drive, in addition to being silent, less energy consuming and more robust.
Of course, if you need additional space, a simple and easy solution is to connect an external storage module to the gaming laptop. In this case, choosing a USB 3.0/USB-C device represents an advantageous solution to benefit from fast transfers.

As for heating and noise, expect them to be present in the event of heavy loads (e.g. games, processing) of this Ultrabook laptop computer oriented to gaming and creation to which we can associate, if necessary, a ventilated support to limit its temperatures (remember to check the dimensions carefully!).

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