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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!)
NetworkBroadcom BCM4352 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)

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
EthernetTrueusb-to-ethernet adapter, 1gig fast connection over 10/10/1000Base T
WirelessTrueusing newst wl driver - reliable connection
BluetoothTrueworks with mice at least
Card Readertrue
WebcamTrueWorks ootb
KeyboardTrueEverything working also backlight
TouchPadTrueusing KDE4 synaptiks will allow user configure as they desire
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)

I found no font issues at with KDE4. I find the display sharp and crisp.


Dell shipped this laptop w/ Ubuntu pre-installed (It was nice if you like Ubuntu). I erased it and installed Gentoo w/ KDE4 (kernel 3.18.11). It looks great and had no problems with finding or loading drivers. Both the wired and wireless connections are reliable. (Remember w/ Gentoo you must download the source code and complile every application - starting with the kernel! Its a good way to exersise a piece of hardware.


Erix, 2015/07/01 07:59

is there any chance to find “somewhere” a Linux (Ubuntu/CentOS) specially customized for the Precision M3800?
Thanks in davance

BJ Smith, 2015/06/07 16:43

the card reader, touch screen, webcam, back lit keyboard, touchpad, ethernet, wireless, blue tooth, microphone (built in), headphone jack (did not have headset to test mic part), and hdmi out work (auto extended desktop when plugged in), and suspend/resume all on ubuntu 15.04

I know it was even sold with ubuntu so this is probably no surprise here but wanted everyone to know!

Thinking of trying Arch Linux out and if I do will let y'all know how it does also!

FYI, I am also dual booting windows 8.1 (mine came with it, and on occasion I will use it, I am versatile that way ;) )

Erik, 2015/09/11 13:22

I am considering this beauty for the sole reason of a manufacturer supported Linux machine, but will need MS Windows from time to time.
What was the installation process like to get dual boot working? Is there a Dell supplied Ubuntu image or did you just grab the vanilla ISO from ubuntu?

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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