The perfect workstation is powerful enough to emulate desktop performance and portable enough to be taken anywhere. The $1,868 Dell Precision 3510 (starting at $999) comes close to being that ideal machine, but it has weaknesses that may make you consider alternatives. It brings plenty of power, thanks to its quad-core CPU and AMD FirePro W5130M GPU. But it’s heavier than some competing machines and hot enough that you won’t want to use it on your lap, making it a strong desktop replacement that works best on your desk.
The Precision 3510 is a spartan monolith, a large hunk of black plastic that doesn’t hint at all of the power that lies beneath it. The lid, which attracts a ton of fingerprints, is decorated with Dell’s logo but is otherwise plain.
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