MSI Unveils WS60, the Thinnest and Lightest Workstation Ever

Subject: Mobile | August 5, 2014 - 11:24 AM |
Tagged: msi, WS60, mobile workstation, Quadro K2100M

Weighing in under 5lbs and thinner than 1" the MSI WS60 is very small but yet houses a Quadro K2100M which is powerful enough for professional design work.  With Thunderbolt 2 connectivity it is capable of outputting 4k video and the Super RAID will give you very impressive performance even when working with large files.

 

City of Industry, Calif. – August 5, 2014 – MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils the world’s thinnest and lightest mobile workstation, the WS60. Powered by state-of-the-art technologies, including NVIDIA Quadro K2100M 3D graphics, Intel Core i7 processor and MSI’s Super RAID technology, MSI’s newest workstation weighs only 4.36 lbs., measures less than 0.8-inches thick, and delivers superior performance in an unprecedented sexy design.

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“The WS60 is the perfect workstation for mobile designers and CAD CAM Engineers,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. “It combines the versatility of an ultrabook with the performance of a workstation and takes it to another level with Thunderbolt connectivity, MSI’s Shortcut Manager, and an array of gaming components.”

Superior Performance
MSI’s WS60 offers the fastest processing speed available in an ultra-slim workstation. Featuring the latest 4th generation CPU from Intel and NVIDIA Quadro K2100 professional graphics, the WS60 can blaze through even the most demanding tasks. MSI enhances its prowess by adding Super RAID to seamlessly integrate 2x SSDs and 1x HDD storage for over 1000 MB/s of read speed, dual fan technology for maximum heat dissipation while remaining whisper quiet, and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. Thunderbolt 2 comes with 4K and 3D video output and dramatically increases transfer speeds up to 20 GB/s, 4 times faster than a USB 3.0 port.

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Outstanding Design
The WS60 sheds the bulky and boxy design of traditional workstations. Inspired by the acclaimed look of MSI’s gaming notebooks, the WS60 has a full metallic body with MG-Li alloy parts that guarantee utmost durability, visual appeal and feather-like weight. Measuring less than 0.8-inches thick and weighing only 4.36 lbs., the WS60 is a featherweight notebook with ultra-heavyweight performance.

Stunning Display
Creating digital art requires a screen that accurately displays true-to-life colors and captures every minute detail. MSI has outfitted the WS60 with a vibrant WQHD+ 3K display for those who demand a high level of detail in their work.

Certified for Professionals
All MSI workstation laptops, including the WS60, guarantee optimal performance with professional 3D programs like SolidWorks and more with certification from these software giants.

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MSI’s WS60 is packed with professional-grade parts, including a SteelSeries full-color backlight keyboard with Anti-Ghost keys to guarantee superior tactile feedback, Killer Game Networking chip to optimize internet bandwidth, and MSI’s Shortcut Manager. MSI’s Shortcut Manager allows designers and engineers to program keys and combines multiple keys into a single command key, increasing efficiency and speed.

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The WS60 is currently available in two different configurations starting at $2,299.99.

Source: MSI
August 5, 2014 | 03:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ad copy says "thunderbolt 2 connectivity", but there are no thunderbolt 2 Port/s listed in the table/specifications! And when/if they are listed to correct this information, they should also list the make and model of the Thunderbolt controller Chip, just like they have listed the motherboard chip set! Yes the PC/Laptop, and other device makers should be required to list the same data sheets that are used for when these devices are up for approval from the FCC/other agencies, full manufacture's data sheets should be required by LAW! No Links to the complete device's data sheet, no sales to the public allowed! I purchased my first laptop in 2005, and there was 2 Full pages of specifications, in a bound folder by the display area, and there were copies available for me to take and evaluate, as I went from store to store, what the hell is up with the retailers, online and brick and mortar!!!

August 5, 2014 | 03:51 PM - Posted by Azmodan (not verified)

Any specs on the screen, such as colour gamut, brightness, contrast, etc. Looks amazing and under 2kg. I'd be interested in a broadwell version with a maxwel based gpu.

August 6, 2014 | 02:36 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'd still go with the Dell M3800 ...

August 6, 2014 | 05:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Whenever I hear the words thin and light, I think underpowered and overpriced, what all workstation OEM's need to do is just get a good quality regular form factor laptop body with the ability to update the graphics card, memory, drives, etc. The certifications for professional should come with the laptop OEM's drivers, and not just as a consequence of coming with professional(Quadro, Firepro) graphics cards, the GPU makers certify their drivers for their respective discrete pro GPUs, and charge dearly for the certification. Design one good laptop body, a regular laptop form factor will do, and stop spending so much on the design of the laptop's body, and spend the money on getting a 6, or more CPU(workstation CPU) cores, which this product lacks! This in a Gimped station, not a workstation! Oh, and that memory needs to be ECC and registered memory, it's a pain having to redo an 8 hour render, and it can cost professionals money, and their job! There is just no way to Photoshop a fancy reflection through multiple transparent objects, rendered with AO, refraction, and other bells and whistles, to correct pixel errors. Professional Workstations(portable) use professional motherboards, pro CPUs(Xeon, etc.), to go along with those pro GPUs, and pro Memory. OMG, that AD copy, no amount of superlatives, or lipstick, is going to make this little piggy a professional portable workstation!

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