MSI announced an updated lineup for its mobile workstations, which now includes Intel's latest offerings and Nvidia's most recent Quadro GPUs. The WT72 is being touted as a mobile workstation with desktop performance, equipped with Intel i7-6700HQ quad core processor or an optional Xeon chip. Configurations with Nvidia M3000M, M4000M or M5000M Quadro GPUs with 4 GB of GDDR5 are available. MSI said the WT72 is available with an optional Xeon processor.
The WS60 is a lighter, more portable workstation notebook. It features the same options for the processor, but the Quadro GPU options aren't the same. There's the optional Quadro M1000M with 2 GB of GDDR5 or M2000M with 4 GB of memory.
The two different models have different size displays. The WT72 features a 17.3-inch FHD display, and the WS60 has a 15.3-inch FHD display. Both panels feature MSI's True Color Technology for accurate image reproduction. Both workstations include Dynaudio speakers featuring Nahimic Audio and a backlit SteelSeries keyboard.
Both models also come with what MSI calls a "Super Port." This is a USB 3.1 port with a USB Type-C interface that supports up to two external 4K displays as well as charging capabilities up to 5V/3A.
For storage, both workstations contain an SSD for the OS and regularly used applications and a 1 TB SATA 7200 RPM mechanical hard drive for other data. The WS60 has an M.2 SSD, and the WT72 uses a Gen3x4 NVMe SSD.
In addition, the W60 and WT72 workstations with sixth-generation Intel (Skylake) processors are ISV certified by a number of top professional application companies such as Autodesk, Solidworks, Adobe and PTC.
The WT72 workstation starts at $2,099.99 and the WS60 starts $1,899.99. MSI said the refreshed workstations are available for purchase now, but did not list any options equipped with a Xeon processor.
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The specifications are fine, but they will never be able to compete in the workstation market properly until they start providing some serious warranty support. Their "2 Years Limited Warranty" just doesn't stack up against the next-day on site support than competing mobile workstation manufacturers provide.Reply
When I needed service for my Precision, they sent a guy to my house the next day at 10AM, I just can't be left without my work tool longer than that most of the time.
I still wonder why laptops need that much power. A simple $300 laptop is fine for me and when I need more power, I'll do it on my workstation. On the road I don't think you need that much.Reply
I still wonder why laptops need that much power. A simple $300 laptop is fine for me and when I need more power, I'll do it on my workstation. On the road I don't think you need that much.
If your job is on the road, then you need that much power on the road. If your job is not on the road, well, you get the idea.
Just blue as the backlit keyboard LED, not rainbow?Reply
Wonder if the chassis is tougher since it is a business class laptop? And if it has the same dual 12 volt fans that cools their gaming series of full sized laptops?
Sorry MSI, Eurocom beat you to it ages ago.Reply