Dell Precision 3540
Dell Precision 3540. Image courtesy Dell.

Dell has seen a steady increase in demand for entry-level workstations recently, and that trend has inspired the budget-friendly Dell Precision 3540 and 3541 mobile PCs.

“Students and professionals require access to tools with the reliability and performance needed to breeze through heavy Excel workbook crunching, 2D CAD, or simple 3D CAD design,” says Dell. “These users need technology capable of keeping up with their skillset, without breaking the bank.”

Let’s take a look at both machines:

Precision 3540

Between the two, the Precision 3520 is the most affordable at $799. It comes with the latest 4-core Intel Core 8th generation processors. Plus it has up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro graphics with 2 GB of dedicated memory, and 2 TB of storage.

The 3540 comes with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and other features to enhance the system’s security. That includes things like fingerprint and smartcard readers, an IR camera and Dell’s first ever camera shutter.

In total, the Precision 3540 weighs 4.04 pounds according to Dell. It features a 15.6-inch display.

Precision 3541

As for the Precision 3541, this mobile PC sports the 9th generation 8-core Intel Core and 6-core Intel Xeon processor options. It will be available with the next-gen NVIDIA Quadro pro graphics with 4 GB of dedicated memory.

Dell claims the Precision 3531 has “quite possibly the longest battery life in its class.” A long battery life would be essential for the 3541 since it is a mobile PC for creators. Nothing’s worse than running out of battery too fast while working on intensive projects away from home.

Dell Precision 3541
Dell Precision 3541. Image courtesy Dell.

Like the 3540, the 3541 comes with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and the same system security enhancing features.

The Precision 3541 weighs in slightly heavier than the 3540 at 4.34 pounds. It also features a 15.6-inch display.

Pricing and availability

The Dell Precision 3540 starts at $799 and is out today. Pricing for the Precision 3541 hasn’t been announced yet, but it’ll be out later this month.

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