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MSI's WE76 mobile workstation combines a matte 4K AdobeRGB panel with the super powerful Nvidia RTX A5000

As a conventional mobile workstation, the MSI WE76 primarily offers a lot of performance and numerous ports. Is that enough to stand up to the established competition from Dell, HP, and Lenovo?

While many manufacturers are also following the trend of offering thinner and more mobile devices when it comes to mobile workstations, there are still traditional 17-inch models that focus on performance, such as from Dell, HP, or Lenovo, for example. Besides 45-watt processors, these models are often equipped with the most powerful professional graphics cards available on the market. The MSI WE76 falls into this group. Our review configuration features a fast Core i9 processor from Intel with the professional RTX A5000 GPU from Nvidia (formerly "Quadro"). The device can also impress with the very fast graphics card in particular in our test, which runs at 155 watts. The matte 4K panel is also appealing. Besides good brightness and contrast values, it also features accurate colors, an almost complete coverage of AdobeRGB, fast response times, and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which creates a much smoother image impression.

The fact that MSI resorts to the GE76 gaming laptop as a foundation here is not a problem in our opinion. Thanks to small changes (no LED lighting on the case and a white keyboard backlight), the device also cuts a fine figure in professional environments, and it also benefits from the very comfortable SteelSeries keyboard.

Compared with manufacturers like Dell, HP, or Lenovo, there are nevertheless some differences that play a role in larger companies in particular. First of all, MSI only offers two configurations; besides our test device (i9, RTX A5000, 2 TB SSD) that costs 4,800 Euros (~$5,408), there is also a version for 3,100 Euros (~$3,492) (Core i7, RTX A3000, 1 TB SSD). The workstation competition offers a much wider range of components, which means that the devices can be better tailored to the respective use cases. The service aspect should be considered as well, since MSI offers a three-year warranty, but no further extensions or services, such as on-site service.

Overall, MSI does a lot right with the WE76 and presents a very interesting alternative to the more common Precision, ZBook, or ThinkPad models. You can read our detailed review of the MSI WE76 for more information.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2021-12-15 (Update: 2021-12-15)