Dell Precision M3800 (2015) Review – Catching Up With the Competition

The original Dell Precision M3800 was made to be perhaps the only valid rival of the MacBook Pro. However, times have changed and so did its rivals. Even though this newer model now boasts 4K screen resolution and better hardware specs, its competitors were not sitting around on their chairs just twiddling their thumbs. So what can Dell’s contender have to offer that can wow the crowd?

Dell Precision M3800 (2015) Review - Catching Up With the Competition

The Dell Precision M3800 (2015) is a Decent Update From the 2014 Model

The Dell Precision M3800 has a good list of features such as a 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160 display (which is a touchscreen one, by the way), 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, and the graphics are handled by the Nvidia Quadro K1100M 2GB graphics card.

On the outside, practically nothing has changed over the original model. There are some who would say that it is a lazy decision, but it is a case of “don’t fix what’s not broken.” The design of the previous iteration is already top-notch, so it would also be a wise decision to let the newer model look practically the same.

However, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t little touch of updates here and there for the design. There are now beveled edges that do add a sense of luxury, and there’s also a five-light battery indicator right on the machine. For added panache, Dell even left a weave visible found on the base’s carbon fiber material.

Build quality is still as excellent as it was in the original model. The Dell Precision M3800 (2015) has a 1.8-kilogram weight and has a 19-millimeter thickness. These numbers are pretty close to the MacBook Pro.

If there is one aspect that Dell failed to update properly for this newer variant, it’s the battery life. The machine contains a six-cell battery which fails to impress in every which way. Even if you put the screen brightness down to 40-percent, then just watch a video on it, it will only last approximately 3-hours and 44-minutes.

But aside from the battery life, performance levels have shown a definite upgrade. However, it doesn’t mean that it can easily beat its direct competitors. Many of its rivals have already caught up drastically, were as Dell is just making baby steps with this one.

Even though there’s the addition of a 4K screen, the Dell Precision M3800 is still catching up with the competition, albeit at a very slow pace. It still, however, remains a desirable laptop for its hardware offerings, especially for its price.


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