Dell Beefs Up Precision Laptop

The Dell Precision M3800, which the company calls the worldEUs thinnest and lightest 15-inch mobile workstation, is now available in an updated model that includes a 4K Ultra HD touch display option, Thunderbolt 2 technology and an Ubuntu-based developer edition. The flagship Dell mobile workstation was developed as a direct competitor to AppleEUs MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro has had the same display, 2,880 x 1,800 pixels, for almost three years. Meanwhile, the new M3800 can be configured with a 4K screen with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. The screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, uses IGZO2 technology, and includes touchscreen capabilities.

This is the first time Dell has offered a developer edition of the Dell Precision M3800. The company said that was a result of feedback from the developer community.

With more than 8 million pixels, the 4K Ultra HD screen option is the highest-resolution panel available on a 15-inch mobile workstation, according to Dell. The company said it has 3.4 million more pixels than the Retina display on the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, allowing users to experience 59 percent higher resolution. The Precision M3800 display also features 10-finger multi-touch. The new M3800 is priced starting at $1,649 for a model with a 1080p HD display, which also includes touchscreen capability. The 4K version costs $2,179.

No Apple Killer

While some news outlets played up the "Apple killer" angle of the new Dell release, Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Utah-based Jackdaw Research, told us such descriptors are usually overblown.

"All Dell really innovates on here is hardware, which may well make it a more compelling Windows laptop," he said. "But (that) doesn't really address the features that would make someone choose a MacBook Air, or any other Mac -- the tight integration of software and hardware that sets Apple computers apart."


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