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Dell Precision M6500

Specifications

Dell Precision M6500Notebook: Dell Precision M6500
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI FirePro M7740
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.9kg
Price: 2000 euro
Average Score: 80.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 45%, performance: 91%, features: 94%, display: 93% mobility: 40%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Dell Precision M6500

Hands-On: Dell Precision M6500 Workstation | Notebookcheck
Don’t call it a Laptop. First of all the Precision series of Dell attracts professional users with especially high demands on performance. The Precision M6500 replaces the existing M6400 and offers as usually the most powerful hardware for notebooks: Intel's Extreme Core i7-920XM CPU, Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M or ATI FirePro M7740 graphics and up to 16GB (!) DDR3 1600MHz RAM. Anything else?
Dell Precision M6500
Source: PC World English
The Dell Precision M6500 lives up to its reputation as one of the most powerful workstations on the market, and that's without even counting upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/11/2010
Rating: performance: 95% features: 88%
Dell Precision M6500
Source: PC World English
The Dell Precision M6500 lives up to its reputation as one of the most powerful workstations on the market, and that's without even counting upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/29/2010
Rating: display: 90% mobility: 40%
83% Dell Precision M6500
Source: PC Pro English
Massive, powerful and with every optional extra you can dream of, it's (almost) worth the sky-high price
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 50% performance: 100% features: 100%
Dell M6500: A Precision Strike on Bling
Source: AnandTech English
Reviewing the M6500 has been a bit of a shakeup for our normal notebook and laptop tests. As a workstation class product, we had to look at additional tests to try and determine value. Ultimately, the recommendation is pretty straightforward: you buy a mobile workstation with certification to run the particular software package that you need for a reason. You can try the Dell Precision Workstation Advisor, though I suspect it will likely just confirm that the M6500 is capable of running your particular application.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/09/2010
performance: 80%
80% Dell Precision M6500 notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
There is no doubt that the Dell Precision M6500 represents the crème de la crème of laptops today. Engineers and power users who can abide the weight and the cost will find a blazingly fast laptop with superior screen and graphics, a full-size keyboard, and plenty of storage and RAM headroom. This machine's performance is nearly the equivalent of midrange desktop workstations.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/04/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell Precision M6500 review
Source: PC Advisor English
There is no doubt that the Dell Precision M6500 represents the crème de la crème of laptops today. Engineers and power users who can abide the weight and the cost will find a blazingly fast laptop with superior screen and graphics, a full-size keyboard, and plenty of storage and RAM headroom. This machine's performance is nearly the equivalent of midrange desktop workstations. In other words, it's more than a portable desktop - it's a beast that most desktops will envy. With the M6500, you can have it all and take it with you when you go.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

80% Dell Precision M6500
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dell Precision M6500 - nekompromisní DTR
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/19/2010
Rating: price: 40% performance: 90% display: 95%

Comment

ATI FirePro M7740:

Workstation graphics adapter based on the Mobility Radeon HD 4860 with up to 1 GB of fast GDDR5 graphics memory and a 128 Bit memory bus. The FirePro M7740 competes with the Quadro FX 3700M and even surpasses the Nvidia card in certain benchmarks.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


720QM: The Core i7-720QM is the slowes Core i7 Quad Core in 2009 and clocks between 1.6 and 2.8 GHz (due to the Turbo Mode). Therefore, it combines the advantages of a slow quad core CPU with a fast single core one. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 720QM only features 6MB L3 Cache.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


17.3": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.9 kg: This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit in this class of weight.


Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Dell reviews


80.75%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-01- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)