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Dell Precision M3800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Dell Precision M3800. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the usability and screen. The design and performance also get good feedback. There are some negative reviews about the battery. The touchpad and price get mixed comments.

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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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell Precision M3800

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Dell Precision M3800 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

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.

Overall, this year's Dell Precision M3800 is an improvement over the previous iteration in terms of connectivity, price, and screen resolution. Its battery life is not as long as last year's M3800, but that's to be expected, given the higher-resolution...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

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...

On the whole, the Dell Precision M3800 is a good mobile workstation with a very nice, high-resolution screen. But the HP ZBook 14 remains our Editors' Choice for mobile workstations, due to its IT-friendly features, like easy access to internal...

May, 2014

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

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

Techradar Recommended 2014

Expert review by: Orestis Bastounis (techradar.com)

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

If you can live with its quirks, the M3800 is still one of the best Windows laptops available and something we truly enjoyed using. The Dell Precision M3800 is a great laptop with superb desktop-like processor performance, a powerful GPU and a truly...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Mike Jennings (trustedreviews.com)

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 (techadvisor.co.uk)

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 (expertreviews.co.uk)

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 (techadvisor.co.uk)

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

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Mike Jennings (trustedreviews.com)

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 (letsgodigital.org)

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

Audio

Audio system:MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio Pro / Waves MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2
Speakers manufacturer:Waves

Battery

Battery Capacity:61 / 65 / 91
Battery capacity (Watt hours):61 / 65 / 91
Battery life (max):10
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.1
Number of battery cells:6 / 6+9

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Rear camera: No
Swivel webcam: No
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Certification:CECP, CEC, Eco-label, Energy Law, Green PC / CECP, CEC, WEEE / CECP, CEC, WEEE, GS / CECP, CEC, WEEE, GS Mark, Eco-label, Energy Law, Green PC / CECP, CEC; Eco-label; Energy Law, Green PC / CECP, CEC; EU - RoHS, WEEE / CECP, CEC; EU - RoHS, WEEE; South Korea - RoHS, Eco-label; Japan - RoHS, Energy Law, Green PC / CECP, CEC; WEEE; Eco-label; Energy Law, Green PC / WEEE, CECP, CEC / WEEE, CECP, CEC, EU / WEEE, CECP, EU, CEC
Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y / Yes
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium, Carbon / Black / Black, Grey, Silver / Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber
Intel segment tagging:Professional
Market positioning:Business / High performance
Product type:Mobile workstation / Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:1.78:1, 16:9 / 16:9
Display brightness:400
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 16
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3200 x 1800 / 3200 x 1880 / 3840 x 2160
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / QHD+
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IGZO
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60 / 56/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter output current:6.67
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:130
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

CUDA: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2048
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA Quadro K1100M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Maximum Resolution:3480 x 2400 / 3840 x 2400
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Belgian / Danish / Dutch / English / Finnish / French / German / Italian / Portuguese / Spanish / Swedish / Swiss / UK English / US English / US International
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:81
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:12 / 16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4 + 1 x 8 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 6 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 + 1 x 8 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 6 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300 / 867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598 - 420000 / -598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.30
Operating altitude:-598 - 120000 / -598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 70
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 70

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:MaxxAudio / MaxxAudio Pro / Waves MaxxAudio / Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card:No / Yes

Performance

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

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4a
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:2 / 3 / 4

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60 / 56/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter output current:6.67
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:130
Power auto-sensing:Y / Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM87 / Intel QM87
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM87 / Intel QM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i7-4702HQ / i7-4702MQ / i7-4712HQ
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.3
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i7-4702HQ / i7-4702MQ / i7-4712HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1364 / PGA946
Processor threads:8
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology:N / No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75118 / 75119 / 78932
Processor code:SR15F / SR15J / SR1PZ
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington / Noble
Fingerprint reader: No
Palm vein scanner:Y
Password protection:BIOS / Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Dell Webcam Central / Dell Webcam Central software / Microsoft Office Home & Business 2013 / Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 / Microsoft Office Professional 2013
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:English / Multilingual / Portuguese / Spanish
Optional operating system supplied:Windows 8.1 Pro
Recovery operating system:Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:McAfee Security Center, Microsoft Office / McAfee SecurityCenter / McAfee SecurityCenter, Microsoft Office / Micosoft Office / Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office, McAfee Security Center / Office

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, SD, SDIO, SDXC, xD / MMC, MMC+, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC, SDIO / SD, SDXC / SD, SDXC, SDIO, MMC, MMC+, xD, Memory Stick (MS)
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA III / SATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / SATA III / SATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III / Serial ATA III
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash / SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 500 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA II / mSATA / SATA / SATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA II / mSATA / SATA / SATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / Hybrid-HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 756

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10
Height (front):0.315 / 8
Height (rear):0.709 / 1
Power adapter depth:5.63
Power adapter height:0.866
Power adapter width:2.6
Weight:3.97 / 4 / 4.14
Width:14.6 / 15