Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation, developer edition

Dell announces another in its series of “developer laptops” with Ubuntu pre-installed. This time it’s the überpowerful M3800 mobile workstation, available with everything from an i7 CPU, through a Quadro K1100M graphics board to a 3840×2160 display. I remember ArsTechnica’s review of the XPS 13 developer edition, in which they basically said the best thing about the laptop was that it was “unremarkable”, which by today’s standards is the best compliment. Dell managed to deliver a premium quality linux laptop that just worked, Cupertino style. If they manage to do the same with the powerful 15” mobile workstation and, as they announce in the blogpost linked above, with the upcoming XPS 13”, we’ll have Linux-powered alternatives to both the Retina Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air. Which would be brilliant.

You seem to be doing a great job, Dell.

Published by Piotr Kaźmierczak

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3 replies on “Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation, developer edition”

  1. I had an M3800 before I switched to Mac: that thing was a monster. Seems they’ve cut down size & weight since, which is a good thing.

  2. I received my M3800 Developer Edition a few days ago. I’ve written a quick review here:

    http://turferm3800.blogspot.co.uk/

    I wish Dell (and Canonical, for that matter) would go the extra mile to make the M3800 “Developer Edition” more mainstream friendly. Perhaps then, they could also drop the “Developer Edition” moniker.

    I enjoy using my M3800, it just annoys me that a few corners have been cut. It sits in a very odd space. But kudos to Dell for supporting Linux.

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