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Dell Precision M3800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 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. People are impressed by the usability and screen. The design and portability are also appreciated. The price and battery get less positive comments. There are some mixed views about 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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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

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

Jun, 2016

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...

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

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

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 (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 (pcadvisor.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 (pcadvisor.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

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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: Sasha Muller (bit.com.au)

Dell's Precision M3800 reviewed: a powerful mobile workstation

 

Workstation laptops aren't meant to be sexy, but the Dell Precision M3800 turns convention on its head. It packs serious power into a stylish chassis that makes it look more like an Ultrabook than a semi-portable powerhouse such as Dell's own Precision...

Dell has managed to pack workstation power into an attractive lightweight package, but our biggest worry concerns future-proofing: the slim chassis rules out easy upgradability, and the lack of Thunderbolt limits external expansion. If you can live...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Sasha Muller (pcauthority.com.au)

Review: Dell Precision M3800

 

Workstation laptops aren't meant to be sexy, but the Dell Precision M3800 turns convention on its head. It packs serious power into a stylish chassis that makes it look more like an Ultrabook than a semi-portable powerhouse such as Dell's own Precision...

Stylish and fast, but a little lacking in bells and whistles.

Jun, 2014
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Product Specifications

Camera

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

Design

Intel segment tagging:Professional

Display

HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / QHD+
Panel Type:IGZO

Graphics

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 G-SYNC: No
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

Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Performance

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

Processor

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 cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
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
Processor package size:37.5

Security

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

Software

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

Storage

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