Dell Precision M3800
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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
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Bottom line, I would not buy it again
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Dell Precision M3800
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- 77AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE3 ReviewsPC Mag70Dell Precision M3800Constructed 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.TechRadar80Dell Precision M3800 laptop reviewIts sleek looks, tough build, thin frame and light weight all make the M3800 an attractive, desirable technology item that justifies its considerable price.TrustedReviews80Dell Precision M3800 reviewThe Precision M3800 is superb, but it’s strictly a high-end option for those with money to burn.
- 55AVERAGE USER SCORE6 ReviewsEngadget Reader50June 18, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Bottom line, I would not buy it again. It's looks beautiful online and in person, but it performs poorly. I develop software, so I have 16g of RAM and the fastest processor you can get and I have not seen a noticeable difference from my last machine with 4g of RAM and slower processor. Furthermore, the "docking station" does not provide power and the dual output is unreliable at best. You will feel duped and very disappointed if you purchase this computer.Engadget Reader20February 25, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Summary: after 30 years using a PC, I am switching to a Mac. largely thanks to this M3800 and Windows 8.1 experience.M3800 is supposedly to be a high end laptop which I bought for my development purposes. Right off the box, it was configured to have its HDD as the primary drive and SSD as the 2ndary drive: It took mins to get Windows 8 to boot up till I repartition the system. Then the nightmare came: first the 4K display sounds great but OMG, it looks HORRIBLE on Windows 8.1, and nearly unusable: the display text is so small I have to change the fonts to 200%, then Windows 8.1 just can't seem to cope with it by completely messing up the alignment of several key GUI areas such as columns in Outlook. The 2nd worst part of this laptop is its touchpad: as I travel a lot and I don't like to carry an additional pointing device if I don't have to: it has been 15 years since I carry a mouse in my laptop bags (maybe I should've stayed with Lenovo X1...). This touchpad confuses Windows half the time by either being too sensitive (moves around or jitters) or just down out no response.I reluctantly walked into an Apple store and put my trembling hands and teary eyes on a Macbook pro 15, and I started to yell (inside of my head): WTH... and after 15 mins to try out a few key tasks like text editing, I made up my mind, I am switching, at least as my prim. web development platform.Engadget Reader60September 25, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Background: I am a computer programmer with about 20 years of experience building, buying and using computers. Researching a new PC laptop, I was aiming for a desktop replacement for my work (i.e. as powerful as I can get) with a form factor comparable to my old MacBook Pro. After much research--mostly reading of peoples disappointment with newer Levono's amongst other brands--I finally settled on the Dell Precision M3800. As specced it wound up at well over $3500 so I was counting on a serious laptop that was a MacBook-class competitor. Here's what I got:The good:It's fast. With an i7-4712HQ, 16GB of memory, and a 500GB SSD it handily outpaces my older desktop, making it a fine replacement for my work. Running an XP virtual machine alongside a CentOS VM alongside a MacOS VM (don't tell apple), all in the background, the system doesn't register any slowdown. Photoshop and other foreground tasks are as snappy as can be. Using the VMs themselves is a pleasure.All the while, the hardware has (so far) been 100% stable and doesn't generate much heat.It came with Windows 7 pre-installed (there was an option for Win 8 of course) and no bloatware, so it was a relatively painless to get it completely setup.I chose the 1920x resolution screen instead of the 3200x since it is closer to my monitor's resolution. Many have complained that the 1920x resolution screen is not nearly as high quality and does not have as good viewing angle as the HQ option but I've found it totally adequate. It is touch capable so you'll likely want to disable that or ignore it. It has a DisplayPort which is a serious one up over many Windows laptops.It's pretty. When closed it looks as slick as a MacBook. Opened up it makes use of a nice non-slip rubbery material around the keyboard and touchpad (brings back memories of Psion Series 5 when I smell it).The bad:The Ctrl key on my keyboard squeaks embarrassingly. I'm worried for the keyboard's longevity. It feels somewhat cheap. (I use a real keyboard 90% of the time, so I assume I'll survive.)The touchpad is pretty bad compared to my old MacBook. Worse than that, the click gets stuck when I'm leaning my hand on the edge of the base (in a perfectly normal way) because the entire base flexes so easily, which seems to obstruct the click mechanism. This makes the touchpad 100% unusable/broken for me if I try to use the thing whilst it is sitting on my lap (gasp!). I would return the machine for this reason alone but I prefer to use a mouse anyway. This is shockingly poor design for a 3k+ machine.As mentioned, the base is flimsy and mostly thin plastic aside from some superficial titanium. There are parts of the seams where the joining pieces of plastic are not snugged against each other perfectly, making the construction look embarrassingly cheap. Lack of magnetic clam makes opening and closing the lid feel squishy. This not even close or comparable to MacBook-class packaging.The first thing I noticed when I got the machine is that it was making some sort of weird scratchy noise. At first I thought they had made a mistake and included a normal HD instead of an SSD, but no. This is an electronic interference noise of some sort. I haven't quite figured it out, but I hear it when I plug in headphones too. It was quite annoying at first but eventually I got used to it. If I wanted to use this thing for listening to music, I would send it back.Instead of a built-in Ethernet port, the machine comes with a USB-Ethernet dongle. It works fine but is a lame idea. If this thing is supposed to be targeted at power users it should include a built-in Ethernet port. (Aside: It comes bundled with the power adapter so I was annoyed when I only received a single dongle even though I purchased a second power adapter [to keep one at office and one at home]. Dell support would be happy to correct the issue if I would just send them back the second powers adapter as an RMA, then call again and ask them to bundle the two together in a replacement shipment. Really? Thanks.)90% of my use is with a monitor, keyboard and mouse (i.e. as an expensive desktop replacement) so I will live with these limitations, otherwise I would have sent the thing back and tried to install Windows on a new MacBook.The state of affairs in the Windows hardware world is sad indeed. If there is much better out there, I haven't seen it. If you wonder why Apple is taking over the universe, the answer is pretty clear: no one else is even trying.Engadget Reader30July 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I purchased on June 8, 2014 a Dell Precision M3800.The first laptop shipped to me had hardware and software issues: the laptop could not be connected to external monitors (after days of troubleshooting with Dell and different drivers tried, the diagnosis from Dell was that the laptop had problems with the motherboard or the HDMI connector), it was freezing before completing the installation of Windows updates, and it was showing the Blue Screen of Death when putting the laptop in sleep mode.I got a replacement laptop from Dell on June 25, 2014. I discovered later that day that also the second laptop had the Blue Screen of Death issue when placing it in sleep mode. I contacted Dell again and after few days I got the confirmation that the issue was due to a Dell driver and the same problem was reported by other customers; Dell's engineers started to work on the issue and gave me an estimated time of 2 weeks to fix the bug. At the end I had to return also the second laptop.marineaircon80December 9, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The body engineering is not quite up to the MBP retina display, the finish on the hinge is rough where it is moulded plastic sprayed silver, the mat rubberised finish that looked good on the touch pad and palm rest is now gloss after 8 days where I have been using it, the touch pad is good and responsive as is the touch screen, the base is made of carbon fibre and is covered in vents so you can not put this on your lap or soft surface, the carbon is easily scratched. The lid looks good it is made of aluminium alloy (May be electro polished)overall it's sturdy, the key board is OK I miss the number pad the key travel is limited as you would expect for the size. The 130w power supply is small and light it has a smaller jack than the standard dell laptops, there are a lot of useful ports spaced vey close but it has not stopped me using all of them bar the mini dell display port. The screen is good and bright, the definition is is good but read on. The fan noise levels are ok not to distracting. The speakers are very good. The bottom line...Unless you need to use modeling software such as Solidworks, inventor, plus a certified graphics card or any apps that depend on Windows, buy a MacBook Pro Retina as they have the dpi scaling sorted. If you want portability and you have to go with windows save yourself some money and go for the standard display as I have not figured out how to use the QHD display with Lightroom or solidworks where the icons are not about 3mm high, that's not the fault of the hardware but Windows 8.1 and the software producers that have not bothered to allow for scaling, if you don't need so much potability go for the M4700, I have the M4600 and that has been the best workhorse of a laptop. Hope this helps. Latest update (Jan 10th):I have downgraded to Win 7, and have recently been sent the latest drivers for Dell and can now run Solidworks 2014 with no problems.Engadget Reader90December 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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