When it comes to the difference between a workstation notebook and a gaming notebook, you often have to wonder why you would want to pay more for something that carried a GPU that couldn’t game, but had similar specs otherwise. And then there’s the matter of design as most “workstation” notebooks had these really chunky looking designs that were clearly made for utilitarian function. Unfortunately, for folks that have to use those professional CAD apps that require a Quadro GPU, the only option is a workstation class notebook. Luckily, DELL has come up with something that tries to inject some style into the substance and they call it the DELL M3800 Workstation.
Although you might be squinting at your Adobe Premiere Pro CC timeline on the road, this also means that you can plug it into an external monitor and enjoy Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution when back in the office. This is truly “beyond retina” in a mobile package.
Rounding things off are an INTEL Haswell Core i7 processor and room for up to 16GBs of memory. This all sits in a package that is less than 4.15 lbs and about 18mm thick, inside a crafted aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. And with enhanced battery performance of Haswell coupled with NVIDIA Optimus technology, DELL claims it’ll get just a hair over 10 hrs of battery life when you’re on the road. Did I mention the built in SD card reader and three USB3 ports, plus an Ethernet Dongle in the box?
The DELL M3800 will be launching worldwide on November 14th and Canadian can buy it starting at $1799.99. US pricing will likely be about a hundred less. And while you still won’t get the bang for the buck of most gaming notebooks with similar specs, what you wont’ get in a gaming notebook is that beautiful and thin carbon/aluminum chassis and that crazy 3200 x 1800 resolution screen or that 10 hrs of battery life claimed. Looks like this isn’t such a bad value after all and we do have it on good authority that the Quadro K1100 will play Starcraft II no problem. Full press release and video overview below.