Dell introduces Precision M2800, lowest priced 15-inch mobile workstation

Dell introduces Precision M2800, lowest priced 15-inch mobile workstation

Summary: The laptop will feature Intel Haswell processors and start at $1,199 when it launches in the spring.

TOPICS: Laptops, Dell, Mobility

While everyone is worried about how tablets are being adopted by the enterprise market, there are still developments when it comes to mobile workstations. Over the last few months, Toshiba has introduced its first workstation laptop, and HP launched the first workstation Ultrabook in the form of the ZBook14. 

Dell has also been innovating, recently releasing the Precision M4800 with an ultra-high-resolution 3,200x1,800 15.6-inch screen. But it's also apparently aware that not every potential workstation buyer can afford all the bells and whistles that can be stuffed into a notebook. It's just announced the Precision M2800, which is most noteworthy for its low sticker price.

When it becomes available in a few weeks, the new Dell will start at just $1,199, the lowest price for which a new 15-inch mobile workstation is selling, according to the company. It won't be entirely crippled, despite the "budget" price, shipping with Haswell Core i5 or i7 processors (no doubt the base configuration will feature a Core i5) and ISV certification, which means it's capable of handling professional graphics applications like Autodesk AutoCAD.

Of course, you can quickly boost the price tag of the Precision M2800 with the usual bevy of upgrades, such as AMD FirePro W4170M graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a 1,920x1,080 15.6-inch display. But even at the base price, Dell claims that its new workstation solves the problem for potential customers who currently use workstation-grade software on non-certified laptops.

Unfortunately, Dell hasn't provided full specs for the Precision M2800, so you can't know exactly what you're getting for $1,199. Presumably you can go back to the product page periodically to see when Dell lists the complete specifications.

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Mobility

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  • To Be Hated

    This looks like a machine that IT will buy because of price and users will hate it. Those that do the buying will never use this one themselves. In the long run many users will learn to hate Dell even more.
  • Dell doesn't get it

    The Dell Precision M6400 & M6500 had 16:10 screens, which gave the vertical pixels 1920x1200 for serious business work, coding, spreadsheet, design, etc., but from the M6600 onwards, down to 16:9--a serious downgrade. For a premium business machine, this was not acceptable--I complained, along with others, for years. Dell just does not listen. A premium machine with a premium price tag needs a premium screen with high resolution. Vertical height is what people want for serious business use. Many still lament 4:3. The 16:9 is good for watching videos, not for work. 4:3 was best.

    I pay top dollar, expect a 16:10 screen.