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Dell launches sub-£1,000 mobile workstation

More costly Precision M2800 has 1TB storage
Mon Apr 28 2014, 12:01

DELL RELEASED its entry-level Precision M2800 mobile workstation in the UK on Monday with a discounted starting price of £799 plus VAT and shipping.

Aimed at engineers, designers and video editors, the Dell Precision M2800 was unveiled in March. The specifications for this workstation include an Intel Core i5-4200M CPU, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L memory, an AMD Firepro M4170 graphics card with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM and a 500GB solid state hybrid drive.

Dell Precision M2800 mobile workstation

However, the device ships with Windows 7 Professional and not Windows 8, as you'd expect.

If you order before 3 May, Dell's website is offering the lowest configuration workstation with a 30 percent discount, with an estimated shipping date of 13 May.

Without the discount, the Precision M2800 would start at a price of £1,141 excluding VAT and shipping costs, meaning users will save around £342 off the retail price if they order before Saturday. But even with discount, after VAT the workstation costs £958 - along with a delivery charge of £36.00 - making a final total of £994.

When launched, Dell said that the Precision M2800 mobile workstation will bridge the gap between standard business class laptops and costly mobile workstations by offering an affordable model that features professional graphics and processor options.

The Precision M2800 can support up to an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage, although these more powerful models will come at much higher prices.

The system has a 15.6in Ultrasharp display in either HD 720p or full HD 1920x1080 resolution, plus external multi-monitor support and docking compatibility.

The Dell Precision M2800 is certified for professional applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit, plus Dassault Systèmes Solidworks and others. It also includes Dell Precision Performance Optimiser (DPPO), a tool that automatically optimises the system settings for specific applications.

Earlier this month, Dell talked up "the workstation of the future", claiming that it will enable engineers and designers to work from systems powered by the data centre, liberating desktop machines to take completely different forms and eliminating the need for a keyboard and mouse. Check out the video of this below. µ


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