Dell has unveiled Dell Precision M3800, the thinnest and lightest mobile workstation on the market. The 15-inch portable workstation weights only 1.88kg, almost 800g lighter than Toshiba’s Tecra W50 mobile workstation and is 18mm thick. The M3800 is capable of running ISV-certified apps from numerous developers.
The Dell Precision M3800 is designed for the same users who are in the market for high-end content creation machine or laptop such as the MacBook Pro. Users can optionally configure the Precision M3800 with a higher resolution than the 1080p Full HD on the base models, choosing an 15.6-inch QHD+ IPS display, which has a 3,200-by-1,800 resolution. The MacBook only has a 2,880-by-1,800-resolution display.
Inside the new Dell Precision M3800 is an 2GB Nvidia Quadro K1100M workstation GPU and up to 16GB of DDR3L memory. The workstation is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor. Moreover, it can be equipped with two storage devices, mSATA Mini-Card and a a 2.5-inch drive for a maximum capacity of 1TB SSD. The company stated that the Intel CPU has a quad-core processor that ensures seamless running, allowing up to eight threads running at up to 3.2GHz.
On the outside, the Dell Precision M3800 has a stylish, industrial-grade appearance with an aluminum frame, lightweight carbon fiber in the base, aluminum in the lid and a Corning Gorilla Glass display with five-finger multi-touch on all systems. This means that you can run touch-optimized apps and the optional Windows 8.1 OS. However, you can also choose Windows 7 Professional if your businesses that has standardized operating systems.
The Dell M3800 is designed to be user-smart, with all 4 USB ports capable of charging devices like tablets or smartphones even while it is turned off. Because of the Nvidia’s Optimus technology, the workstation will offer up to10 hours of battery life. In order to retain performance levels and prevent overheating, the M3800 is equipped with a dual-fan cooling system.
But why no Thunderbolt? Gialusis, product marketing manager, said that the ecosystem for Thunderbolt is still being built out. Its limited connectivity and high costs are other factors that contribute to that decision. Moreover, the company is reluctant to adopt it due to the uncertainty about where the technology is going. Even if more people are coming to that ecosystem, there’s only one display offered that supports the technology. USB costs are much lower and the ecosystem more reliable, with the Thunderbolt they could roll it out and the next day a new standard could come along.