New PREVAILPRO Mobile Workstations from PNY Are Priced Starting at $2,499
Andrew Wheeler posted on December 22, 2017 | | 1831 views

If you are familiar with the mobile workstation class of computers, you may think at first glance that there is nothing special about this new offering from PNY. You can immediately see that it looks like a Sager or Clevo workstation in the Witness Protection Program (i.e., it is similar hardware and form factor with a different logo—in this case, PNY).

If you don’t like laptops with off-center keyboards, you probably won’t be interested in this workstation right off the bat. But if you don’t care about that particular aspect of laptop ergonomics, you might be interested to know that this is one of the first portable workstations to use NVIDIA Quadro Max-Q GPUs, which slenderizes the component so that it can fit in an extraordinarily thin mobile workstation, like the ultra-lightweight PREVAILPRO mobile workstation you see pictured below.

Meet the PNY PREVAILPRO Laptop. There are three offerings: the PREVAILPRO P3000 Base, PREVAILPRO P3000 Upgraded, and the PREVAILPRO P4000. (Image courtesy of PNY.)
Meet the PNY PREVAILPRO Laptop. There are three offerings: the PREVAILPRO P3000 Base, PREVAILPRO P3000 Upgraded, and the PREVAILPRO P4000. (Image courtesy of PNY.)

Specs of the PNY PREVAILPRO Family at a Glance

Name

PREVAIL PRO Base

PREVAIL PRO P3000

PREVAILPRO P4000

Cost

USD 2499

USD 3499

USD 4999

GPU

NVIDIA Quadro P3000 GP104GL 1280 SPs 6 GB G5/192-bit 75 W

NVIDIA Quadro P3000 GP104GL 1280 SPs 6 GB G5/192-bit 75 W

NVIDIA Quadro P4000 GP104GL 1792 SPs

8 GB G5/256-bit

80 W with Max-Q

CPU

Core i7-7700HQ 4C/8T 2.8-3.8 GHz

6 MB HD Graphics 620

35 W

Core i7-7700HQ 4C/8T 2.8-3.8 GHz

6 MB HD Graphics 620 35 W

Core i7-7700HQ 4C/8T 2.8-3.8 GHz

6 MB HD Graphics 620

35 W

RAM

16 GB (2×8 GB)

DDR4-2400

32 GB (2×16 GB) DDR4-2400

32 GB (2×16 GB)

DDR4-2400


For primary storage, there is a 128 GB SSD or 512 GB SSD hard drive, as well as 1 or 2 TB HDD as the secondary storage device. HDD is not as desirable as SSD by a long shot, but it does help keep costs down relative to the expense of larger SSD drives as primary and secondary storage devices.

The workstations are relatively lightweight at 4.8 pounds, and come with either an FHD 15.6-inch display or a 4K display of the same size.

The chassis is very thin at 0.73 inches, and there are a ton of ports and connectivity features, but notably absent are Thunderbolt 3 ports. There are three USB Type-A 3.1 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and two Mini Display Port 1.3 headers for starters.

They have a GbE connector, an 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 controller from Intel, a 2-megapixel camera and a backlit keyboard, but CAD users and others who rely on the Thunderbolt 3 for external storage and quick transfer/backups may be put off by their absence.

I have mixed feelings about engineering hardware being ultrathin and lightweight. What are your thoughts?

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