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Dell Precision M3800


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For full specifications see the Dell Precision M3800 specifications page.

NameDell Precision M3800
Processor4th generation Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad core processor
Screen15.6“ QHD+(3200×1800)
15.6” FHD(1920×1080)
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDHard Disk Drive (HDD): 500GB up to 1TB 2.5 5400rpm SATA 6Gb/s
Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive (SSHD): 500GB 2.5 SATA 6Gb/s with 8GB solid state storage
Solid State Drive (SSD): 256GB or 512GB 2.5 SATA 6Gb/s
Solid State Mini-Card storage device (mSATA): 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro K1100M + Intel GPU (Bumbleebee!)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260

Linux Compatibility

ScreenTrueTouchscreen works in openSUSE 13.1
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipTrueWorks with Intel GPU, dedicated NVIDIA with Bumblebee, nvidia and nouveau driver
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortTrue Multiport jack, works for microphone and headsets
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetTrueWorks with the usb-to-ethernet adapter, but not good. slow connections (win8 works as expected)
WirelessTrueSome disconnections, not sure if distribution, AP or device sause the problems - constant ping might help
BluetoothTrueworks with mice at least
Card ReaderFalse There are some changes maybe coming, but kernel 3.11 doesn't handle it
WebcamTrueWorks ootb
KeyboardTrueEverything working also backlight
TouchPadTrueWorks, but i'm not that satisfied with the buttons
Docking StationTrueNot tested myself, but heard it works except for video
Suspend/ResumeTrueWorks quick and perfect ootb


Some font issues on QHD+ (3800×1880) display, too much apps still have hardcoded font settings. chrome looks awfull with micro-sized tabs. At least websites looks somewhat normal with 150-200% size. if your desktop allows, set dpi to 144-160. Also search for (more than one) settings to tell Xserver to use higher dpi than 96 (display reports 96×96 dpi)

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Alex, 2014/04/07 00:32

The D3000 docking station (USB3) doesn't appear to be recognised immediately, and I can't find any other info on it. Basic functionality fine but driver support is far from 100% as much of the hardware in this laptop and its accessories is new gen. Expect support to improve markedly over the coming months.

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