Dell's new mobile workstation is for business users who need serious power at an affordable cost. Starting at $1,199, the Precision M2800 is set to become Dell's lowest-priced 15-inch laptop that can double as a desktop workstation replacement. It packs a decent display and a processor capable of running high-end applications such as professional graphics software. But its most notable feature is its low price point, making the M2800 a good option for the professional on a budget. Dell hasn't announced an exact launch date, but business users can plan to pick up the Precision M2800 this spring. In the meantime, read on for three features that could make this workstation worth waiting for.
Affordable price point
Dell is positioning the M2800 as an affordable alternative to the company's high-end workstation notebooks, such as the Precision M4800, which costs $1,784 and packs a super-high-res 3,200 x 1,800 15.6-inch display. Starting at $1,119, the M2800 offers a reasonably priced package for business users who need power but can't afford to break the bank on a new workstation notebook.
The M2800 base model will ship with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, so buyers can expect plenty of power and a decent battery life. Dell hasn't yet released the full list of specifications for the entry-level M2800, but business users can upgrade the machine to include up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of onboard storage. However, compared to Dell's more-premium workstations, the base M2800 model sports a relatively low-res, 1,366 x 768 display.
Notably, Dell's notebook is one of the more affordable machines on the market that comes with independent software vendor (ISV) certification. That makes this workstation a good option for business users who rely on processor-intensive, workstation-grade software such as Autodesk and Adobe graphics applications, especially those professionals whose budgets previously kept them from purchasing a certified laptop.