While mobile workstations are designed to have the beefy specs necessary to do creative work on the go, they're not immune to the thinner and lighter demands that have gripped all laptops. In the race to produce the sveltest system, MSI thinks it can wear the crown with its new WS60 notebook, though who knows how long it will hold onto the title.
At 4.36 pounds and less than 0.8 inches thick, the WS60 is currently the thinnest, lightest mobile workstation, at least according to MSI. (HP, in fact, could dispute the claim altogether, given that its ZBook 14 mobile workstation is a 3.57-pound Ultrabook, though its ZBook 15 is thicker and heavier than the WS60.) The company has built the chassis entirely from metal and based its design on the gaming laptops for which MSI is probably better known. Other items borrowed from the world of gaming are a built-in Killer Game Networking chip for speedier online connectivity and a SteelSeries backlit keyboard.
Despite its meager weight and dimensions, the WS60 is still a workstation, with the components needed for video editors and CAD engineers to complete their tasks. Both configurations going on sale feature the Intel Core i7-4710HQ Haswell processor, 16GB of RAM, and Nvidia's Quadro K2100M graphics card. The base model comes with a 128GB solid-state drive and 1TB hard drive and 1,920x1,080 15.6-inch display, while the pricier version includes an additional SSD in RAID configuration and a 2,880x1,620 (or "3K") screen. Ports include a trio of USB 3.0 inputs, HDMI connection, and a Thunderbolt 2 port.
Between the super-slim design and high-end specs, one thing that is definitely not diminuitive about the WS60 is the pricing. The base configuration will set you back $2,299.99, whereas the souped-up edition costs $300 more. Chalk it up to the price you pay to own the world's thinnest and lightest of something.