Big laptops used to be heavy. These days… well, some still are. But a growing number of laptop makers are cramming energy-efficient components into notebooks with large displays to create powerful notebooks with big screens and thin and light designs.
Take the new MSI WS60. It’s a mobile workstation with a 15.6 inch display, support for an Intel Core i7 or Xeon Skylake processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and NVIDIA graphics.
But the laptop measures just 0.8 inches thick and weighs just 4.3 pounds.
MSI will offer models with 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160 pixel displays, Core i7-6700HQ or Xeon E3-1505M processors, and NVIDIA Quadro graphics.
The system supports 2.5 inch drives and M.2 SATA SSDs for storage. And it features HDMI, mini DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, an SDXC card reader, a Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port, three USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports.
MSI says the computer can power two external 4K monitors at once.
Those features don’t come cheap: the MSI WS60 is expected to sell for $2000 and up.
This isn’t the first mobile workstation we’ve seen to feature an Intel Skylake chip. Dell and Lenovo are also both planning to offer models with Xeon processors soon. Dell’s Precision 15 5510 will even be thinner, lighter, and cheaper than the MSI WS60. But it’s nice to have choices.