New Champion Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Outperforms MacBook Pro [Infographic]

You may have noticed, thin and light is kind of a theme for us this month. In addition to the smallest 13-inch laptop in the world, XPS 13, earlier this week during the Sundance Film Festival, we unveiled the world’s thinnest and lightest 15-inch true mobile workstation, the Precision M3800.

The tech media certainly noticed, and several headlines followed such as “Dell takes a shot at Apple with refreshed M3800 mobile workstation,” “Dell pokes Apple’s Retina with a 4K MacBook Pro competitor for less cash,” and “Dell's new M3800 mobile workstation takes another shot at Apple.”

There’s more than just catchy phrases to this theme, though.

We commissioned a Principled Technologies performance study and infographic demonstrating ways in which the M3800 outperforms the MacBook Pro for video editing in Adobe Creative Cloud. And if that doesn’t convince you, you might want to take a look at a case study from creative agency Sparksight, a customer who recently switched from Apple to Dell Precision.

“The processing power you get per dollar with Dell is twice what you’d get from a Mac. For some people, their heart might be with Mac but we have to run our business with our head. As we budget for more hardware, it will be Dell,” says Kelly Shores, chief executive officer of Sparksight.

“Not impressed yet, and still not convinced Dell actually pulled off a MacBook Pro ‘killer’?” DigitalTrends asked. “Then head over to the company’s website, where you’ll find the Windows workhorse listed at $1,649 and up. The cheapest 4K model is $1,719, and one with a 128GB SSD and 12GB RAM is still more affordable than the least expensive 15-inch MacBook Pro currently on sale.”

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.