Object of Desire: Dell Precision M3800

May 29, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

If you’ve been itching to slip free of Apple’s chokehold on the performance laptop market, we have some good news in the form of the Precision M3800 from Dell. This 15-inch laptop boasts a 4K (3840×2160 pixels) touchscreen display that packs more pixels than the current 15-inch MacBook Pro, though you can opt for a lower-resolution 1920×1080 panel if you’re budget-minded. The touchscreen is built from durable Corning Gorilla Glass and supports 10-gesture multi-touch, so you can pinch and zoom your way through photo and video editing. The M3800 is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and a 2GB NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics card. It features a Thunderbolt 2 port, two USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port. There’s also an HDMI output and an SDXC card reader. You can configure your M3800 with up to 16GB worth of RAM and to run both a solid state drive as large as 1TB in capacity, as well as a hard disk drive up to 1TB, for a total of 2TB worth of hybrid storage. It weighs just 4.2 pounds, thanks to its aluminum frame and carbon fiber base, and measures a slim 0.71 inches at its thickest point.

Price: Starting at $1,649