The new Dell Precision M3800 is targeted at workstation and other high-end PC users looking to add next-generation Haswell chips to their mobile work stables. Lighter and thinner than any of Dell’s previous workstation PCs, it’s clear that the Texas company is taking its new PC designs seriously.
The M3800 comes in at 4.15 pounds (1.88 kg) and 0.71 inches thick (18mm). For those of you playing along at home, that’s the same thickness as Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and 10% lighter. Dell showed the Precision off back at SIGGRAPH this summer, but it remained mum on just what specs the shipping PC would receive.
Inside of the new Precision is an Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor as well as the NVIDIA Quadro K1100M workstation GPU. The K1100M isn’t bad, but we would have liked to see perhaps the K2100M as an option (which it might be when the spec page goes live in a few days).
You can also get up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM inside, along with a maximum of 1.5TB of storage (using a combination of both one 2.5-inch hard drive slot as well as the Mini-Card SSD option).
Like other new PCs, the Dell Precision M3800 offers a crazy high-resolution display option – , 3200×1800 resolution, 15.6-inch IPS display, with over 205 pixels per inch. The high-res display comes at a premium over Dell’s standard 1920×1080 option.
To keep the notebook so light, the company employed liberal use of carbon fiber to form the chassis, along with a rigid aluminum internal frame. The display offers five-finger multitouch, protected by Corning’s fortified Gorilla NBT Glass.
Rounding out the specs are three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a gesture-capable touchpad, HD webcam and a USB-to-Ethernet dongle (there’s no built-in Gigabit Ethernet on this device).
The Dell Precision M3800 hits retail and online November 14th, with a starting price of $1,799.