PNY recently started to ship its previously announced mobile workstations. The new PREVAILPRO machines are among the first portable workstations to use NVIDIA’s Max-Q design for Quadro GPUs to slim down the PCs. At the same time, the PREVAILPRO do not have any compromises when it comes to CPU, DRAM, or storage performance.

The PNY PREVAILPRO workstations are based on Intel’s quad-core Core i7-7700HQ CPU as well as NVIDIA’s Quadro P3000 6 GB or Quadro P4000 8 GB GPUs. Depending on exact SKU, the PREVAILPRO come with 16 GB or 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory, a 128 GB or a 512 GB NVMe SSD as the primary storage device as well as a 1 TB or a 2 TB 2.5” HDD as the secondary storage device. The base model of the PREVAILPRO has an FHD 15.6” monitor, but the premium versions feature 4K/UHD 15.6” displays. Meanwhile, the key selling pointa of the PREVAILPRO workstations are their weight and dimensions: the systems weigh around 4.8 lbs (2.17 kilograms) and come in chassis that are 0.73” (18.5 mm) thick, significantly thinner and lighter than traditional mobile workstations.

When it comes to connectivity, the PNY PREVAILPRO workstations have a rather advanced set of I/O features too. The systems are equipped with a GbE connector, Intel’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 controller, Creative’s SoundBlaster X-Fi MB5 audio, two USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports, three USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 connectors, one 6-in-1 SD card reader (with UHS II support), a 2 MP webcam, one HDMI 2.0 output, two Mini DisplayPort 1.3 headers, a fingerprint scanner, a backlit keyboard and so on. For some reason, PNY decided not to equip with its PREVAILPRO with the Thunderbolt 3 that is present on almost all high-end PCs these days, but the number of other ports can partly compensate the lack of TB3 headers. For example, three display connectors are rather excessive even for a workstation-class machine. At the same time, certain customers might complain about the lack of TB3 support because they use it for external storage.

Battery life may not be the most important feature of modern desktop replacement laptops, so PNY equipped the PREVAILPRO with a 55 Wh 4-cell Li-Polymer accumulator that gives the notebook about five hours of operation on one charge.

P3000 Base

P3000 Upgraded


Display Diagonal 15.6"
Type IPS
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Brightness 300 cd/m²
CPU Core i7-7700HQ
2.8 - 3.8 GHz
6 MB
HD Graphics 620
35 W
PCH Intel HM175
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro P3000
1280 SPs
6 GB G5/192-bit
75 W
NVIDIA Quadro P4000
1792 SPs
8 GB G5/256-bit
80 W with Max Q
RAM Capacity 16 GB (2×8 GB) 32 GB (2×16 GB)
Type DDR4-2400
Storage Primary 128 GB NVMe SSD 512 GB NVMe SSD
Secondary 1 TB HDD 2 TB HDD
Wi-Fi Intel 8265 802.11ac Wi-Fi module
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
Display Outputs HDMI 2.0a
2 × mDP 1.3
Audio Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
Array microphone
Dual speakers
3.5-mm audio jacks
ANSP 3D sound on headphone output
Other I/O 2 MP FHD webcam, 6-in-1 SD/MMC card reader with UHS-II
Dimensions Height 18 mm/0.73"
Width 380 mm/14.96"
Depth 248 mm/9.8"
Weight 2.17 kilograms/4.8 lbs
Battery 55 Wh, 4-cell Li-Polymer
Battery Life 5 hours
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Price $2,499 $3,499 $4,999

The market of workstations is not too big in terms of unit shipments, but it is lucrative and was on the rise throughout 2016. Sales of workstations in Q4 2016 totaled 1.23 million units, 20% more than in the same period a year before. Meanwhile, the market is not crowded. HP, Dell and Lenovo control nearly 90% of workstation shipments, according to Jon Peddie Research. This happens because businesses and enterprises that buy workstations tend to be loyal and prefer to get hardware from familiar suppliers. That said, it is generally hard for a new company to enter the workstation market. Meanwhile, PNY has a unique product that combines performance, connectivity, a relatively small weight and a thin form-factor.

As noted above, PNY plans to offer several versions of the PREVAILPRO that will be different. The base PREVAILPRO P3000 model with NVIDIA’s Quadro P3000 and a one-year warranty costs $2,499. A more advanced version of the laptop called the PREVAILPRO P3000 Upgraded comes with a 4K display, a three-year warranty and costs $3,499. The top-of-the-range PREVAILPRO P4000 features the Quadro P4000 professional-grade mobile GPU from NVIDIA, a 4K screen, comes with a three-year warranty and will cost its owners $4,999. PNY started to supply its PREVAILPRO workstations to its customers earlier this month, its partners and resellers are going to get the systems in the coming days or weeks, depending on the region.


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  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    Let me fix the headline: "PNY Ships (a clevo or sager) Mobile Workstation with adequate markup to cover stamping on the PNY logo at the ODM factory.
  • WithoutWeakness - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    Spot on. Looks like the Sager NP8952 with the GTX 1070 swapped out for a Quadro:
  • Freakie - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    Very similar, but not the same. Probably a new platform being offered by Clevo and PNY is the first to use it.
  • HStewart - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    You do realize that the NVidia P3000 is about 1/2 the cost - aim at professional graphics application
  • lazarpandar - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    So many ports!
  • Pinn - Thursday, November 16, 2017 - link

    HDD? Gross.
  • vladx - Thursday, November 16, 2017 - link

    It's a workstation is it not, where's the docking station?
  • twtech - Friday, November 17, 2017 - link

    I'll never buy a laptop with an off-center keyboard, and that's pretty much every laptop with a numpad. Laptop ergonomics are bad enough as-is without having to deal with that issue.

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