Remember when Dell announced the announcement of their latest laptop last July at SIiggraph? Of course you do. The Precision M3800 is the sub-$2k lappy with loads of style that weighs less than a Maltese pup and cooks your cad models like a high-end cooktop. Today, the official release date popped up on the M3800 webpage and press releases were sent near and far, so drop the visual of cute puppies frying apple latkes at the stove and have a look at these specs.
Dell Precision M3800
For the mobile workstation connoisseur who desires performance over stretching the seams of their laptop bag, the M3800 gives you a bit more bang for your bag space, loads of power and an incredibly lighter load as you sprint in your flat front khakis through the terminal. From the release:
Less than three-quarters of an inch thin (18 mm) and starting at 4.15 pounds (1.88 kgs), dual-cooling to allow maximum performance at all times, and up to 10 hours and six minutes² of battery life with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology that maximizes battery life for extended productivity, the M3800 enables editing video at a shoot, presenting CAD ideas to customers in style or rendering 3D animation and modeling on the road.
Less that three-quarters of an inch thin–ahh, those marketing peeps flipping the thick on us–plus doing all that dirty work on the road. I’ll do that on a desktop, my lap, or a log cut down, planed ad sealed to bring out the rich wood grain, thank you very much. The design is quite a departure from the sharp wrist-splitting edges of other precision laptops for which we’re thankful and you still get all the I/O ports to hook into including four USB ports, a 3-in-1 media card reader, plus a MiniDisplay Port and HDMI to expand your screen real estate across two additional monitors.
Being such a specialized size offering from Dell, you won’t see the configuration options you’re use to on other Precision products. The Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad core CPU and NVIDIA Quadro K1100M GPU are standard stuffing, but you do get the choice between the Full HD screen (1920×1080) or the Quad HD+ screen (3200×1800) with options on storage of HDD up to 1TB and SDD up to 512GB (with Mini Card storage that bumps that up another 0.5TB). Of course, you also have the option of packing up to 16GB of memory in this skinny laptop.
We’re a tad picky when it comes to screen screen sizes while out and about, so the one thing we wish this slender beastie had is an option for is a larger screen. However, that makes Dell product development giggle slightly because it completely negates the low-weight/life-changing form factor + performance that makes this new model from Dell so knuckle-slapping attractive.
The Precision M3800 shows up on Dell.com and in stores Thursday, November 14th, just in time for the holiday buying frenzy with a starting price of $1,799 USD. You can catch a glimpse of the laptop if you’re in Paris today, October 22nd, at the Dell Solutions Tour and after the release at Autodesk University, December 3-5 in Las Vegas. We will see you there.