Dell Introduces Powerful New M4800 and M6800 Mobile Workstations

Subject: Systems, Mobile | September 9, 2013 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: workstation, quadro, precision series, optimus, mobile workstation, m6800, m4800, haswell, firepro, enduro, dell

Today, Dell announced new mobile workstation systems in 15” and 17” notebook form factors. The Dell Precision M4800 and Precision M6800 are 15” and 17” laptops constructed of magnesium alloy and anodized aluminum cases, pack some impressive portable computing power, and will be available later this week.

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The Dell Precision M6800 and M4800. Photo courtesy of Dell Inc.

Both the Dell M4800 and M6800 are ISV certified, MIL-STD-810G tested, and support FIPS fingerprint readers, self encrypting hard drives, and TPM security chips. The workstations are updates to the existing M4700 and M6700 systems and can be configured with Intel Haswell i5 or i7  (including i7 Extreme Edition) processors, AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, up to 32GB of DDR3 1600MHz (or 16GB DDR3 at 1866MHz), multiple storage drives, Waves MaxxAudio, and WiGig wireless dock support that allows up to 5 external displays. Users can attach a 9-cell 97Wh slice battery in addition to the 9-cell 97Wh system battery to get extended battery life. Users can add dedicated graphics cards to the systems from AMD (FirePro) or NVIDIA (Quadro), which support Enduro and Optimus technologies respectively. The technology allows the system to turn off the dedicated cards and use the Intel processor graphics when the extra horsepower is not needed to conserve battery life. The M4800 and M6800 workstations each come with 3 year warranties.

The Dell Precision M4800 is a mobile workstation weighing 6.35 pounds. It features a backlit keyboard, trackpad, and high resolution 15.6” QHD+ IGZO display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800. The notebook can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 “Haswell” Extreme Edition processor, an AMD FirePro M5100 Mobility Pro or NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics card, 32GB of DDR3 1600 MHz memory, and 2.5 TB of internal storage (two 1TB plus one 500GB drive) in RAID 0, 1, or 5 modes.

The 15” Dell Precision M4800 workstation will be available on September 12th starting at $1,249.

Stepping up to the larger 17” Precision M6800, users can configure the system with a Haswell Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPU, NVIDIA Quadro K5100M with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, 32GB of DDR3 1600 MHz system memory, 3.5TB of storage space in RAID 0, 1, or 5, and a 17” 1080p LED-backlit 10-point multi-touch display. This notebook weighs 7.86 pounds.

The M6800 will be available in black or phoenix red with a starting MSRP of $1,599 on September 12th.

Business customers needing portable computing power have some interesting new options with the two new Dell workstations, which pack some powerful hardware into a laptop form factor. Sure, they are not the lightest or thinnest machines, but you won't find i7 processors, 32GBs of memory, Quadro graphics, and 2+TB of storage in an ultrabook.


Source: Dell

September 9, 2013 | 12:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

resolution of 3200 x 1800... meh

I don't know of anyone wanting that resolution, as either 1080p or 2160p seem to be the only practical resolutions anymore, and the pixel density is already there in tablets to accommodate a 4K 14" laptop display

I get that it's a 16:9 ratio, but 3200 x 1800 seems like it's a no-man's land resolution in the next year once 4K displays are readily available at this size

hopefully, Apple shortly releases a 3840 x 2160p resolution 14-17" laptops so the OEM's can start chasing Apple's tail again, instead of releasing these hobbled resolutions

September 9, 2013 | 01:55 PM - Posted by ArcRendition

Despite it's popularity with a minority of "Pro" users, Apple will undoubtedly never release another 17 inch notebook as it was a low-volume and extremely expensive computer further rendered inconsequential by affordable large format desktop monitors.

- Stewart Graham

September 16, 2013 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am certainly buying one :-)

September 9, 2013 | 01:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Available Sept 12? Hahaha, I'll believe it when I see it. DELL has delayed these so many times I don't believe anything they say...

September 9, 2013 | 01:34 PM - Posted by Stuart - 3D Engineers (not verified)

Will be buying one if not two of these on 12th. Previous Dell have been great for us.

September 9, 2013 | 01:34 PM - Posted by Stuart - 3D Engineers (not verified)

Will be buying one if not two of these on 12th. Previous Dell have been great for us.

September 9, 2013 | 08:50 PM - Posted by Jim - GIS Guy (not verified)

Still 16:9 resolution...I guess I'll hold on to my 6400 for another generation.

September 9, 2013 | 09:47 PM - Posted by gc (not verified)

3200x1800 sounds like a double width&height 1600x900 for compatibility with legacy Windows applications (icon scaling, etc.). For video workstations, it has room around a 1080p video window for editing controls (more than there was with 1920x1200).

Interesting that they're including MaxxAudio, maybe to improve videoconferencing as well as video editing. Resellers might offer onsite audio calibration, in addition to screen calibration. (I think for good calibration it has to be done in the context of the acoustics and lighting in the room where it is most used, maybe with external speakers or screens)

September 9, 2013 | 10:43 PM - Posted by duttyfoot (not verified)

love the dell precision systems. just got the m6600 so this is a no purchase for me unless i intend to replace my desktop :)

April 24, 2015 | 12:21 PM - Posted by NumaNuma33 (not verified)

3200x1800!!! All I can say is WOW! WANT!!!

OK that was possibly over the top. I still want all the real estate and pixels I can get. In my opinion, there is no compelling reason to even consider a laptop LCD with less than 1920x1080 and even that is the base model to me. I have a Thinkpad w541 with an IPS LCD at 2880x1620 and love the screen resolution. I even set the font size to the smallest setting. Anyway, 3200x1800 is compelling to me. I use a Precision M4700 with a 1920x1080 LCD at work and know this line of laptops while heavy and a little bulky are top of the line. I would seriously consider getting an M4800 just for the LCD. Had I known about this option when I bought my W541, it would have been a serious contender.

I really don't understand people who are serious power users not wanting more LCD real estate. If you can't see text at the native resolution, then wear a pair of reading glasses, but don't kill the high end LCD market by not buying the best you can get.

April 24, 2016 | 10:35 PM - Posted by (not verified),you can ask

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