Dell today announced the Precision M2800, the world’s first budget-friendly mobile workstation. Starting at a low price of $1,199 for mobile workstation standards, the 15.6-inch M2800 is ISV (independent software vendor) certified, meaning it’ll work well with engineering, design, and media creation applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit, Dassault Systèmes Solidworks, PTC Creo, among others. Hardware-wise, the laptop is powered by the AMD FirePro W4170M professional-class graphics card with 2GB video memory, Intel Core i5 and i7 “Haswell” processors, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of data storage space. The display resolution is either 1366×768 or 1920×1080, depending on customers choice. It’s not clear whether the screen features IPS technology for good viewing angles and color accuracy, which is a must on workstation computers. It will be known, as well as other details, when the laptop hit the market this spring.
For those who have the means for a more advanced mobile workstation, Dell has already on offer the Precision M3800 with a slim chassis and optional QHD+ (3200×1800) display. It’s $1800 and up.
Judging from the $177.99 discounted Black Friday price tag at Best Buy, the Dell Inspiron I15RV-1952BLK 15.6-inch laptop will be one of the bestsellers, if not the most wanted model. It is all about affordability, but that doesn’t mean it’s an utterly useless one. On contrary, the Intel Celeron 1017U dual-core processor (a tad faster than the 1007U) in the I15RV-1952BLK will enable you to complete your daily web, office, and multimedia playback tasks and gives the Dell a great deal of performance advantage over the competing 178-dollar HP 2000-2d09WM with the AMD E-300 CPU. However, the 1017U won’t be able to edit movies or high-resolution images smoothly, nor handle large number of opened applications simultaneously.
The Dell Inspiron 7000 7737 is the latest 17.3″ laptop series by the American PC maker. The Inspiron line is traditionally comprised of budget-class notebooks, but the 7000 with its aluminum chassis, sleek design, optional touch display, optional full HD resolution, the latest Intel Core processors, and a dedicated video card option, is a step toward higher-end. The Dell I7737-4340SLV is one of the available 17.3″ 7737 configurations, with mid-tier specs and a price of $880. The 7000 line is also available in 15.6″ and 14″ variants.
Are you in the market for a decent standard-size laptop without breaking the $400 mark? The 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron I15RV-3812BLK is one of them, merging good everyday performance, an admirable feature set, and thin chassis in a $380 package.
The Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-10000BLK is an average consumer full-size 15.6-inch laptop, but with a few twists. It’s thinner than the most of the notebooks in its class, measuring 1″ as opposed to around usual 1.3″-1.4″ and it has an ultra-low voltage processor instead of a standard voltage one.
The Dell Inspiron I15RV-1428BLK, also listed as I15RV-6190 on some web sites with all identical specs, is a new 15.6-inch model from the PC maker’s affordable laptop line. Despite being cheap, with a price tag of around $350, the I15RV-1428BLK / I15RV-6190 isn’t as bulky and under-powered as the older entry Inspiron notebooks. This one sports a new thin design with a profile measuring 1″ and the latest Intel Pentium ultra-low voltage processor.
The Dell Inspiron I13Z-3637SLV is advertised as “ultrabook” on the Best Buy website, but despite being thin, it doesn’t meet all of the ultrabook standards. That’s primarily due to use of a hard disk, instead of a solid state or hybrid HDD/SSD drive. Besides a 500GB HDD, the 13.3-inch Dell I13Z-3637SLV has the 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3227U ultrabook-use processor, and 4GB of RAM, and it has no optical drive.
The Dell XPS XPSD12-5335CRBFB is a Windows 8-based thin and light 12.5-inch touchscreen ultrabook laptop, but not a usual one. Instead of a simple touch-enabled display, the XPSD12-5335CRBFB, as well as the whole XPS 12 series, has one that rotates within its frame and with this feature it is a unique convertible laptop on the market today. In addition, the screen is 1080p and is covered edge-to-edge with Corning Gorilla-branded scratch resistant glass.
The Dell Inspiron I15Z-4400SLV is one of the first available 15Z-series 15.6-inch ultrabook configurations. The I15Z-4400SLV is a mid-range one, sporting the 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U ultra low voltage processor featuring two cores and Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. Despite being only 0.8-inches thin, which is an exceptional thinness for a notebook of this size, it does include a built-in DVD burner optical drive. The laptop’s traditional hard drive storage with 500GB capacity is supplemented by a 32GB mSATA solid state drive for faster system boot up and OS and app responsiveness. RAM amount is 6GB, rounding up this well equipped ultra-thin machine. Its weight of 4.9 pounds which is very light for the 15.6-inch form factor further improves portability of the I15Z-4400SLV.