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MSI WS66 11UX 15.6" Mobile Workstation (2021)

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Product Overview

MSI WS66 is a premium, ultra-thin 15.6-inch mobile workstation based on the chassis of the GS66 Stealth gaming laptop unveiled a month before. It is powered by 11th-gen Intel Core Tiger Lake mobile processors and NVIDIA's new ISV-certified RTX A3000 or A5000 GPUs.
Like the GS66, the WS66 boasts a rich I/O interface, including Thunderbolt 4, full-size HDMI, and 2.5Gbps LAN as well as WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity. There is also support for PCIe Gen4 SSD.
The WS66 offers a choice of FHD or 4K UHD displays. An option missing from the gaming laptop but present here is touch screen. As is the case with other MSI mobile workstations, the WS66 offers some security features that business users will appreciate.
Alongside the new WS66, MSI also refreshed its entire mobile workstation lineup with new Tiger Lake processors.

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Ext 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Sleek, compact design
  • High-contrast display
Cons
  • Mediocre CPU performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
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Specifications

4KFHD

Connectivity

Ports1x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x RJ45 (2.5Gbps) + 1x HDMI + 1x SD + 1x Audio combo
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity99.9 Wh
Camera | FrontHD (720p @ 30fps)
ColorsCarbon Gray
MaterialAluminum
Speakers2x 2W Duo Wave Dynaudio Speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth248 mm
Size | Height18.3-19.8 mm
Size | Width358.3 mm
Weight2.1 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Display Diagonal15.6"
Display TypeIPS
Gamut100% Adobe RGB100% sRGB
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

ChipsetIntel HM570 or WM590
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX A3000 6GB GDDR6 or RTX A5000 16GB GDDR6
Keyboard BacklightWhite
Operating SystemWindows 10
ProcessorUp to 11th-gen Intel Core i9 Tiger Lake
SensorDiscrete TPM 2.0 / Fingerprint with Windows Hello support, Bios & HDD Password support
Touch ScreenAvailable in FHD

Performance

DurabilityMIL-STD-810G military standard
Memory | Capacity2x SO-DIMMs, Max 64GB
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200 MHz
Power Supply230W Slim adapter
Storage1x M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 + 1x M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4

Production

Debut2021-06 (Computex 2021)

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The WS66 did fine in PCMark 10 and Photoshop, but its Core i9 processor underwhelmed in HandBrake and Cinebench. The 15.6-inch flagship workstations from HP, Lenovo, and Dell deliver performance for demanding professionals. If you have $4,000 to spend, you can do better with the WS66.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, compact design
  • High-quality keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Below-average display brightness and color fidelity.
  • Unimpressive CPU performance.

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References

1. ^ MSI WS66 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/msi-ws66. 2022-01-07. Retrieved 2022-01-09.

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