When the MacBook Air was first introduced back in 2008, we were shocked at just how thin it was, as Steve Jobs slid it out on an envelope. However, Apple no longer holds the title of the thinnest and lightest laptop. These made us look at workstations and the title for the thinnest and lightest goes to the Dell Precision M3800 and not the MSI WS60 WorkStation, as they would have you believe.
It is strange that MSI claims that its WS60 15-inch laptop is the world’s thinnest and lightest mobile station at just 0.78 inches thick and 4.36 pounds in weight. However, let’s consider the Dell Precision M3800, which is 0.71 inches thick and weighs just 4.15 pounds.
Looking at the figures it would seem Dell takes the win, and so we are a little perplexed as to why MSI has made such a claim, but then again Ford has been making claims about its trucks and RAM is contesting that, so it would seem this is a standard practice in many markets.
If there was a MSI WS60 vs. Dell Precision M3800 comparison for its hardware and performance rather than thinness, then the former would win hands down. For starters its Quadro K2100M graphics chipset is more powerful than the Mobile Intel HM87 Express, and that’s without the 128GB SSD storage along with a 1TB hard drive.
Dell’s laptop is also lacking a Thunderbolt port compared to that of MSI’s WorkStation, and that’s without taking the gaming-friendly keyboard and 1080p display and Core i7 processor with a clock speed of 2.5GHz into consideration on the base model.
However, that is where the problem lies because while the base MSI WS60 will cost you $2,300, the Dell M3800 starts at just $1,799, giving you around $500 to add a few upgrades.