While mobile workstations are known for their power, they’re generally not the most portable of notebooks. Dell is changing that perception with the Precision M3800, a stylish 15-inch system with a QHD touch screen measuring less than an inch thick and weighing less than 5 pounds. That doesn’t mean, however, that the laptop is lacking for power. Packing an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia Quadro GPU, the notebook can keep pace with the top workstations out there. For coupons Dell release each month like this facebook page
This laptop feels well-built, with a strong and sturdy chassis that inspires confidence from the moment you take it out of the box. The door wedge design features smoothed edges that provide an extra touch of class, adding to the premium feel. As you can see from the pictures, the screen is incredibly thin, in fact the entire laptop is only 0.71” thick at its highest point.
The Precision Mobile Workstation M3800 has a 15.6 inch display. 15″-16″ is the most popular display size range for laptops. They are great for entertainment, and provide more than enough space for work-related applications. The downside is that, at 15″, you will start sacrificing portability for the larger screen, since laptops in this size range can be cumbersome to carry if you travel frequently. This laptop’s screen has very good picture quality (1080p), and therefore should be very good for entertainment , the specs of many Dell computers plus deals for them can be found here .
M3800 is a compact island-style keyboard with rounded, almost toy-like keys. They provide reasonable travel and the layout is adequately spacious, but the key caps themselves could be better. Their texture doesn’t match the expensive feel of the notebook’s other materials.
Backlighting is standard. Only two brightness levels are offered, one of which was actually too bright for use in a typical low-light situation, and seems to exist only to show off the backlit keyboard to friends. The second, tamer setting was thankfully usable, and there’s only moderate light-leak around the key caps.
The built-in speakers were strong, delivering enough oomph to fill a large room with sound. Some bass was available, which means the M3800 doesn’t sound as flat and tinny as most laptops. On the downside, the sound system was at times so loud it shook the laptop’s enclosure, creating an unpleasant buzz as components and panels vibrate.
Connectivity is average. There’s dual-band 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0, but Gigabit Ethernet works only with the supplied USB adapter. This is quite an omission for a workstation laptop. Also included are three USB 3 connectors, a Thunderbolt port and an HDMI output, as well as an SD card slot and a single headphone jack.
One of the new additions to the M3800 is a Thunderbolt 2 port. This gives users access to transfer speeds of up to a theoretical 20Gbps. Real world speeds won’t go quite as high, but it’s still much faster than USB 3.0, and more importantly, Thunderbolt 2 allows for the simultaneous viewing/editing and backing up of raw 4K video.
The Precision M3800 came preloaded with Dell’s Protected Workspace software. When active, Protected Workspace opens potentially vulnerable applications (Web browsers, zip files and PDF readers) in a virtual container separate from the operating system, keeping it safe from malware attacks.
Dell kept the bloatware to a minimum, instead adding a few helpful utilities and a few productivity-focused applications.
There’s Dell Backup and Recovery, a pretty straightforward service that allows users to create backups of their system or selected data and restore said information. Dell has also included its Digital Delivery software that downloads and installs programs that were ordered with the computer. Third-party software includes Adobe Reader X1 and Microsoft Office.
The Dell Precision M3800 comes with a one-year Basic Hardware Service with one-year Next Business Day Onsite Service after Remote Diagnosis.
|Processor Name: Intel Core i7-4712HQ|
|Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz|
|Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro|
|RAM: 16 GB|
|Storage Capacity (as Tested): 256 GB|
|Graphics Card: Nvidia Quadro K1100M|
|Screen Size: 15.6 inches|
|Weight: 4.15 lb|
|Screen Type: Widescreen|
|Native Resolution: 3840 x 2160|
|Graphics Memory: 2048|
|Storage Type: SSD|
|Rotation Speed: SSD|
|Networking Options: 802.11ac (2.4+5.0 GHz Dual-band)|
|Battery Rundown – Standard Battery: 4:53|
|PCMark 8 – Work Conventional: 2664|
|3DMark – Cloud Gate: 7791|
|3DMark – Fire Strike Extreme: 618|
|Heaven 4.0 – Medium Quality – 1366 x 768 – Off: 22|
|Heaven 4.0 – Ultra Quality – Native – 4X: 2|
|Valley 1.0 – Medium Quality – 1366 x 768 – Off: 29|
|Valley 1.0 – Ultra Quality – Native 4X: 3|
|Handbrake 0.9.9: 1:19 min:sec|
|CineBench R15: 599|
|Photoshop CS6 Multimedia Tests: 3:30 min:sec|