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.