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Dell Precision M3800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Dell Precision M3800. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and screen. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably. The price and battery get critical views, and views are divided on the touchpad.

performance, portability, design, screen, usability

battery, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Precision M3800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Dell Precision M3800 (2015)


With its 4K screen and thin and light chassis, the latest Dell Precision M3800 is a capable mobile workstation for the architect or engineer on the go.

Portable workstation with ISV-certified Nvidia Quadro graphics. Thin and light. 3,840-by-2,160 resolution (4K) touch screen. Thunderbolt 2 port

Sealed battery and chassis. Identically colored USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. No built-in Ethernet. Only a one-year warranty. Short battery life in testing

The new iteration of the Dell Precision M3800 ($2,227.99 as tested) is a mobile workstation made for serious architecture, graphics, scientific, and engineering tasks. It's equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and an ISV-certified Nvidia...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Dell Precision M3800


Constructed with premium materials and a quad-HD display, the Dell Precision M3800 is a high-end mobile workstation for the on-the-go graphics artist, architect, or engineer. It's a solid choice for detail-oriented workers.

Thin. Made of premium materials. 3,200-by-1,800-resolution, 10-point touch screen.

No internal expansion access, removable battery, or optical drive. UI elements are tiny on the huge screen. Identically colored USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. ; Constructed with premium materials and a quad-HD display, the Dell Precision M3800 is a high-end...

May, 2014

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (

Dell Precision M3800 Review


As the world's thinnest and lightest workstation, the Dell Precision M3800 delivers powerful performance in a svelte, elegant chassis.

Sleek, elegant design; Powerful graphics and performance; Beautiful QHD display; Above-average battery life

Missing some ports; Not as durable as other workstations

As the world's thinnest and lightest workstation, the Dell Precision M3800 delivers powerful performance in a svelte, elegant chassis.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Orestis Bastounis (

Dell Precision M3800 review


Can powerful and portable successfully mix? Dell thinks it has a working combination

Superb CPU performance ; Superb graphics performance ; Thin-and-light design ; High-DPI QHD+ display ; SSD, 802.11ac wireless networking

Software sometimes doesn't work well on high-DPI screens ; Poor battery life ; No ethernet port or optical drive

These problems prevent us from declaring the Dell Precision M3800 the last word in mobile workstations. They very much affect the overall experience of using it, and even if you don't regularly use software that refuses to play nicely with high-DPI...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Mike Jennings (

Dell Precision M3800 (2015)


When we reviewed the original Precision M3800 at the start of 2014, we concluded that it was one of the MacBook Pro's only valid rivals – but that was 18 months ago, and in the laptop world that's a lifetime.

Rapid, well-balanced specification ; Good-looking design ; High-quality 4K screen ; Comfortable keyboard

Poor battery life ; Outpaced in benchmarks by other machines ; Business features absent

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (

Dell Precision M3800 review (2015)


We wanted to like the Dell Precision M3800 - but what is with the battery life?

The Precision M3800 is Dell’s take on the ‘Ultrabook’ portable workstation notebook. It’s made from a mixture of materials, and has an undersized battery in order to stay fashionably trim. In its favour, the quad-core processor and midrange...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Michael Passingham (

Dell Precision M3800


Good for processor and graphics-intensive tasks, but its touchpad and issues with display scaling spoils it

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Orestis Bastounis (

Dell Precision M3800 review


There are several versions of the M3800 available – the entry-level model takes a 1920 x 1080-pixel screen, but the stand-out feature of the Dell M3800 only comes with the dearer version we received, with a QHD+ resolution display. This has a whopping...

We have mixed feelings about the Dell M3800. It squeezes incredible performance into a thin and light chassis, with superb build quality. But its poor battery life is unacceptable, and there's no easy fix for the DPI issues in some Windows desktop...

Feb, 2014

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Expert review by: Mike Jennings (

Dell Precision M3800


The best reason not to buy a MacBook Pro

Stunning screen resolution and quality ; Superb slim and light design ; High-end performance ; ISV-certified GPU

Middling battery life ; MacBook slightly faster ; A little noisy and warm under heavy load

The stunning screen is accompanied by decent speakers. They’re loud enough to fill a room with sound, and balance is good: the high-end is snappy and lively without being overwhelming, and the mid-range is meaty enough to make audio sound suitably...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Mark Peters (

Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation


Dell Precision M3800 workstation with 4K touch display : Dell announced updates to the Dell Precision M3800, the world's thinnest and lightest true 15-inch mobile workstation, enabling video editors, graphic designers, engineers and other high-end...

The Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation is available today for a starting price of $1,699 USD. For more detailed information, visit the Dell site in your country.

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Rear camera: No


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:2D / Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Intel segment tagging:Professional


Aspect Ratio:16:9
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / QHD+
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Panel Type:IGZO
Touchscreen:10-Point Touch / 5-Point Touch / Multi Touch / No
True Resolution:4K / Full HD / QHD+ / WQHD / WQXGA+

General Features

Convertible: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:UBUNTU OS / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPHICS 4600 / QUADRO K1100M


Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No


Dell E-Value Code:CA001PM38009MUMWS / ca001pm38009mumwsd / CA002PM38009MUMWS / CA002PM38009MUMWSD / CA003PM38009MUMWS / CA004M3800MUMWS / CA005M3800MUMWS / CA006M3800MUMWS

Ports & interfaces

Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: Yes
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:2 / 3 / 4


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM87 / Unknown
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor:Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Number:I7-4702HQ / I7-4712HQ / I7-4712MQ
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor package size:37.5


Cable lock slot type:Kensington / Noble
Password protection: Yes


Operating System Language:ENG / ESP / Multilingual
Recovery operating system:Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro


Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash / SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500

Weight & Dimensions

Power adapter depth:5.63 / 6
Power adapter height:0.866 / 1
Power adapter width:2.6 / 3