Dell Precision M2800
Average of 6 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Precision M2800
Inexpensive entry. Dell introduces a new entry-level version of its exclusive portfolio of mobile workstations with the Precision M2800. We tested if the concept with updated Latitude cases and AMD FirePro graphics really works.
Source: Good Gear Guide
This is a notebook that should only be considered if you are a professional. Architects, engineers, or anyone else who needs to run design and modeling software on a computer that can be taken home and onto job sites will benefit from the Precision M2800. For the rest of us, there are Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 75%
It's not particularly portable, but the Dell Precision M2800 is certainly an impressive mobile workstation. Solidly built and equipped with high-end components, we have just a couple of niggles: the touchpad is too small for our liking, and the top-of-the-range model's 128GB SSD should be at least 256GB.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
The Precision M2800 is big and heavy, but its performance is hard to beat if you need a high-end mobile workstation for graphics, video or 3D design. Battery life is quite respectable for such a powerful laptop, and along with Dell's three-year on-site warranty will ensure that the M2800 earns its keep.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Mag
While the Dell Precision M2800 has the benchmark scores to back up its performance claims, it's just a good, not great, mobile workstation. The screen has flaws, battery life is short, and it's bulky and heavy. This workstation is more of a system that will work fine on your desk with an external monitor, and one you can grab for the occasional meeting rather than as a daily companion. The current Editors' Choice HP ZBook 14 holds on to its top spot for mobile workstations, thanks to its easy serviceability, a weight under 4 pounds, and a screen that is much easier on the eyes.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/31/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Laptop Mag
Offering consistently smooth performance for well under $2,000, the Dell Precision M2800 ($1,079 starting, $1,629 as reviewed) is deserving of a place in your workspace. Office managers can take comfort in its durable chassis and security software suite, and users can delight in its cozy soft-touch keyboard and crisp 1080p display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Reliable; functional; productive. Negative: Thick and heavy; expensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/31/2014
The Dell Precision M2800 is an entry level notebook of its mobile workstation series. The casing is made to be very sturdy with all the parts fitted firmly and all the moving parts like the hinges are also well built. Unfortunately, the Dell Precision M2800 doesn't put much emphasis on design so it does not look as slick as the other laptops available in the market.
As expected from a workstation, the Dell Precision M2800 comes with a number of ports. It has 3 USB ports, a HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a card reader, an optical drive and a VGA port. Aside from wired connectivity, the Dell Precision M2800 is equipped with a wireless 802.11ac module as well as Bluetooth 4.0.
The display uses a matte FullHD panel with TN technology which does not boost great resolutions but gives users the ability to use it outdoors well thanks to its high brightness. The Dell Precision M2800 also gives users to choice when it comes to processor. For lower requirement purposes, the Intel Core i5-4200U is sufficient while for higher requirement purposes, the Intel Core i7-4610M can be utilized.
All in all, the Dell Precision M2800 gives users a chance to own a mobile workstation at a reasonable price. The specifications are moderate and the design is not great, but the machine is sturdy and is capable of high performance.
AMD FirePro W4170M: Professional mid-range workstation graphics card which is most likely based on the same Mars chip as the Radeon HD 8790M.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4810MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost support. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
75.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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