Dell has made its entry-level Precision M2800 mobile workstation available for order on its website.
Announced in March, the Precision M2800 is claimed to offer workstation-class performance for a price closer to that of a standard corporate laptop. It is now available to pre-order from Dell's UK website, with an estimated shipping date of 12 May.
Availability of the entry level-priced mobile workstation was disclosed in a posting on the Direct2Dell corporate blog, where Andy Rhodes, executive director of Dell Precision workstations, explained that small businesses and individuals have previously been unable to afford systems with adequate performance in order to compete with larger rivals.
"Now our budget-minded customers who need an ISV-certified system and professional-grade graphics can maximise their creative capabilities wherever they are and help them to bridge the gap between commercial laptops and mobile workstations without unnecessary cost barriers standing in their way," he said.
The Precision M2800 is listed on Dell's UK site for a starting price of £1,194, although it is currently available at an offer price of £836.
For this price, customers get a choice of processors up to a quad-core 2.8GHz Core i7-4810MQ, up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB of solid-state drive (SSD) or hybrid storage.
The mobile workstation also boasts a choice of 15.6in screens up to full HD (1920x1080 pixels), with an optional AMD FirePro W4170M discrete graphics accelerator with 2GB GDDR5 memory.
Dell said the 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 Optimizer (DPPO), a tool that automatically adjusts the system settings to optimise performance for specific applications.
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