Dell announces a new portable workstation

A common question asked of Videomaker is, "What kind of laptop do I need for video editing?" In days gone by it seemed like a trick question, with the proper response being, "You don't want to attempt any video editing on a laptop."

Times have changed, and most moderately priced laptops have some video editing capabilities. There are even a few workhorses out there, laptops who masquerade as portable video editing bays. Unfortunately for most consumers, the heavy lifting portable workstations are priced in the upper tier of laptops. This past week Dell announced a Precision workstation at an affordable price, lower than other portable video editing workstations. Videomaker was there for Dell's announcement of this new 15-inch portable workstation

Dell Precision M2800

The Dell Precision M2800 is a 15-inch portable workstation featuring ISV-certified and optimized performance. It's ideal for creative professionals on the go, who are in need of reliable performance at a reasonable price. The Dell Precision M2800 can be outfitted with fourth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB of system memory, and up to 1TB of internal storage. This laptop is a graphics powerhouse possessing AMD FirePro W4170M graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory.


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This video processing powerhouse is brought to life on a 15.6-inch Ultrasharp display which is available up to full HD 1920×1080. The portable workstation is built for docking and offers external multi-monitor support, making it a nice option for a machine to use on the road or at home base. The starting price of the soon to be released Dell Precision M2800 is $1199.

Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning writer and video producer.

Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. He is a big fan of animation and transmedia storytelling.


  1. I have been using the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite on my ASUS Laptop G75V for 18 months now, docking it when home and editing whilst away.

    It swings and I replaced the Hard Disks with 2 SSD Drives.

    Rendering / Exporting large projects in Premiere is no problem at all.


    The laptop is very heavy and has a cumbersome power supply.

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