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Review Dell Precision M6300 Notebook

Heavy Worker.

The Precision series by Dell was especially designed for professionals working with CAD applications and visualizations and demanding high video performance, reliability, and good support. The M6300 is a robust desktop replacement computer in 17 inch format. Various configuration options make it possible to turn it into a high-performance workstation.

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Case

The case of the Dell Precision M6300 is in general the same than the one of the already reviewed Dell Precision M90, which we already reviewed. Here is the review of the Dell Precision M90. The similarity to the Dell Inspiron 9400, a consumer notebook comparable to the Precision M6300, which is in the meanwhile superseded by the Dell Inspiron 1720 (here's the review) with newly designed case, gets also obvious at once.

In order to cope with the demands on a daily hard working workstation, only high-quality materials were used. The case is made of aluminium and magnesium parts. Nevertheless, this notebook weighs still 3770 g. Therefore, the mobility is limited and the standard working place is the desktop.

 

Robust Metal Case
High-quality materials are used for the M6300.

The M6300's case is definitely sufficiently stable for regularly carrying it from one place to another. The whole case, i.e., base unit and display, are due to being consistently made of aluminium and magnesium and due to spacious parts hardly pressure sensible.

Even if you pick it up at the front edge, which requires well trained forearm muscles, you'll neither face any deformation of the case nor hear any creaking noises. The only weak part is once again above the keyboard, where the case slightly yields under pressure.

As already mentioned above the lid is able to well protect the TFT panel against applied forces. Also the flexural rigidity of the lid is very good. Both of the spacious hinges are able to support every opening angle without problems besides a slight possible see-saw after adjusting the opening angle. Unfortunately the plastic cover of the hinges is not completely tightly attached. So, it can be moved even if you do not apply much force. Even though this has no impact on the usability of the M6300, the good overall impression slightly diminishes, because of this detail.

Some more words about the design. It is black, grey, dark-grey without any colourful spot. The target group won't mind at all. On the contrary, especially architects are known to prefer black notebooks...

Interface Equipment

An important criterion for a mobile workstation is the provided interface equipment. The interfaces should make it possible to connect a number of external devices for different requirements. Furthermore, there should be enough reserves for coping with future demands during the whole economic life-time of a notebook.

USB Ports
The M6300 has a total of 6 USB ports.
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The M6300 has a total of 6 USB ports.

Considering this, the Dell Precision M6300 is, in order to be on the safe side, equipped with a total of six USB 2.0 ports. Four of them are at its back side and are, therefore, the best choice for permanently connected devices. The other two are at the left side near the back. So, these are ideal for varying demands, e.g., for connecting USB sticks or a digital camera.

Next there is  a number of standard ports, i.e., a Kensington lock at the left side near the back, a Firewire port and audio ports (headphone and microphone) at the right side. At this side, there is also a Cardreader (SD, MMC, MS, MSPro, xD) and an Expresscard slot, which supports 34mm and 54mm modules.

At the back side there are a S-Video port, an analogue VGA port and a DVI Port. Furthermore, the Precision M6300 is also equipped with a docking port on the bottom side.

Regarding data communication the Dell Precision M6300 provides a Gigabit network adapter with LAN port at its back side, an internal 56k V.92 modem also at its back side, and Wireless LAN, whereas you can choose either standard 802.11 a/b/g or a/g/n.
But, that's still not all. Also Bluetooth 2.0+EDR  is among the standard interfaces and mobile broadband 3G/HSDPA is available for a surcharge of 170,- Euro.

For enhancing data security the Precision M6300 is equipped with a trusted platform module 1.2 and a SmartCard reader. However, the reviewed notebook was not equipped with a simple fingerprint reader. Dell offers an external one for a surcharge of 40.- Euro or built-in, if you choose more powerful CPUs.

A CD with drivers and a recovery CD for restoring the system was included in the delivery of the reviewed Dell Precision M6300.

Front Side: No Ports
Front Side: No Ports
Left Side: Kensington Lock, 2xUSB, DVD Drive
Left Side: Kensington Lock, 2xUSB, DVD Drive
Back Side: Fan, S-Video, LAN, Modem, 4xUSB, DVI-D, VGA, Power Connector, Fan
Back Side: Fan, S-Video, LAN, Modem, 4xUSB, DVI-D, VGA, Power Connector, Fan
Right Side: Smartcard, ExpressCard, Firewire, Audio (Microphone, Headphones)
Right Side: Smartcard, ExpressCard, Firewire, Audio (Microphone, Headphones)

Input Devices

The Dell Precision M6300 is Not Equipped with an Extra Numerical Pad
The Dell Precision M6300 is not equipped with an extra numerical pad

Although the M6300 would be big enough, Dell decided, nonetheless, to use a standard keyboard without extra numerical pad. That's a pity, because the intended target groups, i.e., architects, technicians, and  graphic artists, would surely appreciate one. Especially CAD and various statics tools require to key in a lot of numbers. So, a numerical pad would especially enhance user-friendliness for these applications.

However, typing is very user-friendly. The key feedback is user-friendly soft, yet is is definitely clear. If you type more forcefully, the keyboard slightly yields and dully clatters. However, if you type in a normal way the keyboard is very silent. You might need some time to adapt to the location of the keyboard, which is rather far to the back of the base unit, even more because this laptop is relatively high.

The size of the keys and the keyboard layout are alright. The space bar is sufficiently big and the enter key extends over two rows. Regarding keyboard layout, there is a slight structuring visible. The function keys are somewhat more to the back and grouped into function groups at the right side. The cursor keys are a little more at the front and have a distance to other keys.

The provided hot keys are a number of Mediaplayer function keys located at the front edge of the notebook. Also the volume can be controlled there. Other options, e.g., the wireless communication can only be controlled via standard keyboard by means of the FN key.

Above the keyboard, besides the power switch, there is a further switch with imprinted battery logo, which hints on power saving functions. However, we couldn't discover the way it works and its impact on the system during our test. After pressing it, a menu was displayed, but it's entries were deactivated. Afterwards it was no longer possible to access the Windows energy profiles. There was only one way out of this state, which was to restart the system.

The mobile mouse replacement of the Dell Precision M6300 is a touch pad with two (horizontal and vertical) scroll areas. We felt that its surface was very user-friendly. The pad is equipped with three buttons, with an especially big travel, which proved to be very user-friendly, although you'll need some time to get used to them.

Touch pad
Dell Precision M6300 Touch pad
Keyboard
Dell Precision M6300 Keyboard

Display

Currently Dell offers the Precision M6300 with two display versions. The starter version is a 1440x900 pixels WXGA+ panel, which was also used in the reviewed notebook. For a surcharge of 140,- Euro, you can also order this notebook with WUXGA panel with a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. A sound office notebook should come with a non-reflecting (anti-glare) display surface and so do both display versions.

The desktop size of the reviewed model with WXGA+ resolution was sufficiently big for standard Windows operation with office and Internet applications. Especially CAD users will confirm my statement, that one never has enough desktop size for video applications and visualizations, like, e.g., AutoCAD, Cinema4D, Rhino, Photoshop,… etc. Especially, if you do not want to use an external screen and plan these fields of operation, you should definitely choose this notebook with the display with higher resolution.

124.1
cd/m²
174.1
cd/m²
138.7
cd/m²
134.2
cd/m²
185.0
cd/m²
151.6
cd/m²
168.8
cd/m²
175.4
cd/m²
182.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 185.0 cd/m²
Average: 159.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 67 %
Black: 0.98 cd/m²
Contrast: 189:1

Regarding brightness the WXGA+ panel is average. Besides being well bright in its centre, whereas the maximum brightness is 185.0 cd/m², the brightness is clearly lower in the corners. Due to a minimum brightness of 124.1 cd/m² in the left upper corner the illumination is only 67.1%, which is below-average. The average brightness is, because of the low brightness in the edges, also only 159.4 cd/m².

The black value, i.e., the minimum representable brightness, was 0.98 cd/m². Together with the maximum brightness this gives a maximum contrast ratio of 189:1, a moderate result. Our personal impression was that the colour representation is alright, but, the colours are not that vivid as of glare type panels.

Outdoor Operation
Dell Precision M6300 in Outdoor Operation

The display with non-reflecting surface and a generally good brightness is also rather fit for outdoor operation. The matte surface minimizes possible reflections and the brightness of up to 180 cd/m² is sufficient for an adequate contrast even in bright environments.

The viewing angles of the Precision M6300's WXGA+ panel are sufficiently big for working at a fixed place. With increasing deviation from the ideal horizontal viewing angle, you'll face a loss of contrast.  Vertically, the picture darkens respectively whitens.

Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles
Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles
Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles
Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles
Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles
Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles
Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles
Dell Precision M6300 Viewing Angles



Video of Display's Viewing Angles

Performance

A notebook called 'workstation' must have sufficient reserve capacities regarding performance, in order to cope with the demands without problems.  On Dell's web site you can currently configure the Precision M6300 with three different CPUs. The least powerful is the T7250 Core 2 Duo CPU with 2MB L2-Cache and 800 MHz FSB. For a surcharge of 40,- Euro you'll get a more powerful Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU (4MB L2-Cache, 800 MHz FSB). However, the offered best processor is really expensive. The Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 CPU with 2.8 GHz and 4MB L2-Cache costs as many as 780.- Euros more compared to the cheapest CPU solution.

Of course, you are now desperately interested to know which CPU we selected for the reviewed notebook. Whatever you guess, it's wrong. Inside the reviewed notebook was none of the CPU listed above, but a brand new 'Penryn' CPU by Intel, in more detail a Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 CPU with 2.5 GHz and 6MB L2-Cache. Planet-Notebook.de, the company which provided us with the reviewed notebook, made this possible. Tests of Penryn CPUs uncovered that its performance is up to 10% higher  than of an equally clocked Merom CPU. Here is a comprehensive review which checks the current Penryn CPUs.

An nVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M with 256MB GDDR3 memory is responsible for video processing. This video adapter is based on the Geforce 8700M GT chip, which explains the similar benchmark results. Furthermore, there are video card drivers especially optimized for professional CAD- and video applications available for Quadro video adapters.

In our benchmark tests the Precision M6300 convinced by overall good results. The reviewed notebook, is e.g., only slightly less powerful in the 3DMark 2005 and 2006 benchmarks by Futuremark than two notebooks with SLI video solution and also only slightly worse than the currently most powerful mobile video adapter, a 8800M GTX by nVIDIA.

3DMark 2005 Benchmark
3DMark 2005 Benchmark
3DMark 2006 Benchmark
3DMark 2006 Benchmark

The results of the PCMark 2005 benchmark test were also convincing. A little more than 6000 points prove a first-class performance for applications.
The Cinebench R10 benchmark test confirms this. Despite the more powerful components inside the Schenker M570RU, i.e., T9500 / 8800M GTX, the bundle of Quadro FX 1600M and T9300 Penryn CPU inside the Dell Precision M6300 even outperforms the Schenker M570RU. This hints on optimized drivers, whilst the M570RU is designed as gaming notebook.

PCMark 2005 Benchmark
PCMark 2005 Benchmark
Cinebench R10 Benchmark
Cinebench R10 Benchmark

Running current DirectX10 games was once again disillusioning. World in Conflict and also Crysis run only with low details in a satisfactory and smooth way. Increasing the detail level leads to diminishing performance, which is much more obvious than the performance loss after increasing the resolution.

World in Conflict Benchmark
World in Conflict Benchmark
Crysis Performance
Crysis Performance

The reviewed notebook was equipped with a total of 3GB fast PC6400 RAM. Currently, this is also the maximum selectable by Dell's on-line configuration tool. Of course this notebook can handle up to 4GB RAM, but, you can only utilize them, when running a 64-Bit operating system. Anyway, 3GB should be sufficient for all applications.

Dell offers a number of 7200 rpm hard disk, whose capacities range from 80 to 160GB, for this notebook. The reviewed notebook was equipped with a Seagate Momentus ST9200420AS hard disk with a capacity of 200GB and 7200 rpm. This is once again a special equipment by the company, which provided us with this notebook. The HDTune test  proved that this hard disk has very good transfer rates and a very low access time of only 15.1 seconds. An improvement is only possible by the alternatively offered Solid State Disk (SSD), whose capacity is only 32GB and which costs depending on the base configuration about 400.- more.

Systeminfo CPU
Systeminfo CPU
Systeminfo CPU
Systeminfo GPU
Systeminfo HDD
System Information Dell Precision M6300
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE35198 points
3DMark 0317144 points
3DMark 0510375 points
3DMark 06
 1280x800
5608 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Asus N10E (min)
 N270, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
91
   ...
Samsung R700 Aura T9300 Dillen
 T9300, GeForce 8600M GT
4434
Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch 2010-04 2.66 GHz
 P8800, GeForce 320M
4707
Dell Precision M6300
 T9300, Quadro FX 1600M
5608
Acer Aspire 5930G-864G32MN
 P8600, GeForce 9600M GT
5678
Samsung Aura P8400 Madril
 P8400, GeForce 9600M GT
5684
   ...
Samsung Serie 7 700Z3C-S01 (max)
 3210M, GeForce GT 630M
9346
PC Mark
PCMark 056051 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Samsung R522
 T6400, Mobility Radeon HD 4650
6001
Packard Bell EasyNote TX86-JO-025FR
 540M, GeForce GT 330M
6030
Dell Precision M6300
 T9300, Quadro FX 1600M
6051
Acer Aspire 8920G
 T9300, GeForce 9650M GS
6068
HP Envy 15
 720QM, Mobility Radeon HD 4830
6074
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
Cinebench R10
 SettingsValue
 Rendering Single 32Bit2920 Points
 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit5253 Points
 Shading 32Bit4885 Points
Doom 3
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1024x768Ultra, 0xAA, 0xAF129.2 fps
 800x600High, 0xAA, 0xAF160.6 fps
 640x480Medium, 0xAA, 0xAF164.3 fps
 640x480Low, 0xAA, 0xAF160.8 fps
F.E.A.R.
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1024x768GPU: max, CPU: max, 0xAA, 0xAF56 fps
 800x600GPU medium, CPU medium, 0xAA, 0xAF162 fps
 640x480GPU min, CPU min, 0xAA, 0xAF476 fps
200 GB - 7200 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 18 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 65.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 50.3 MB/s
Access Time: 15.1 ms
Burst Rate: 69.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.5 %

Emissions

Loudness

In spite of the Dell Precision M6300 's powerful components, it convinced by overall low noise emissions. Regardless of the selected energy profile, both fans were inactive most of the time in idle mode. So, only the operating noise of the hard disk was audible and we measured a noise level of 32.3 dB. The fan, which was sometimes activated for a short time, increased the noise level to 34.6 dB, which was hardly disturbing.

If you start to demand more performance, e.g., start playing a demanding 3D game, there is no difference at first. This hints on a cooling system with sufficient reserve capacities. Not until a few minutes later the first fan starts running, and after a while also the second one. Even if cooling system runs at its maximum the measured noise level is still only 36.8dB, which is very low.

The same is true for DVD playback. 33.5 dB with deactivated fans are very low and user-friendly.

Noise Level

Idle 32.3 / 32.3 / 32.3 dB(A)
HDD 33.3 dB(A)
DVD 33.5 / dB(A)
Load 34.6 / 36.8 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Considering the fan characteristics, the measured surface temperatures of the Dell M6300 are a surprise. The top side gets at the keyboard only slightly warmer and the measured maximum is 37.1°C in the middle of the back area. The bottom side gets only slightly more warmer. The maximum of 39.1 is the middle of the back area. To summarize, these are exemplary surface temperatures.

Max. Load
 33.9 °C37.1 °C36.1 °C 
 32.2 °C34.7 °C33.7 °C 
 26.3 °C28.4 °C26.8 °C 
Maximum: 37.1 °C
Average: 32.1 °C
33.3 °C36.6 °C34.8 °C
36.6 °C38.3 °C36.7 °C
35.6 °C39.1 °C38.5 °C
Maximum: 39.1 °C
Average: 36.6 °C
Room Temperature 21.5 °C

Speakers

Although this is only a minor aspect for a workstation like the Dell Precision M6300, it still provides two speakers left and right at its front edge, whose maximum volume is good.

If the volume is low the quality of the sound is acceptable. Once you reach about half of the maximum volume (which is already rather loud), the weak basses get obvious and the sound gets tinny and unclear.

In contrary to the speakers, the sound output of the 3.5mm headphone out is rich in basses. The quality, tested with a Sennheiser PC130 headset was more than satisfying.

Battery Runtime

Readers Test
BatteryEater Readers Test (maximum runtime)
Classic Test
BatteryEater Classic Test (minimum runtime)

At first we didn't expect that a big notebook like the Precision M6300 can also have a useful battery runtime. However, the test proved this assumption wrong.

By default the M6300 is equipped with a 9 cells 80 Wh battery, which is located at the bottom side near the front. So, the whole back side could be used for interfaces. The battery has a charge status display of its own. Five LEDs inform about the left capacity, if you press a button.

Equipped with a 80 Wh battery the runtime during the BatteryEater Classic test was 127 minutes. This is about the minimum runtime. With the Readers test, run at minimum brightness and with active energy saving settings, we measured a runtime of 347 minutes, these are above 5 hours. This is about the maximum runtime. Depending on the demands, the runtime is less than the maximum runtime.

Power Consumption

Idle 25 / 32 / 34 Watt
Load 81 / 85 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 07min

Verdict

The Dell Precision M6300 scores points in all aspects which are important for a workstation. These are a number of available configuration options, many interfaces and an excellent performance.

The case is first of all a cover for the complex components, which protects the sensible parts inside. In order to cope with these demands Dell used high-quality materials like aluminium and magnesium. This also had a positive impact on the haptics. The design seems to follow the motto: 'Less is more'. Grey and grey again, that's the way this notebook looks, so, it does not attract envious colleagues. If they only knew....

A number of Intel processors up to a X7900 Extreme CPU with 2.8GHz are available for the M6300. Combined with a Quadro FX 1600M video card this notebook is fit for professional CAD and video applications.

Furthermore, it is equipped with a 17 inch display with non-reflecting surface, whereas you can choose either a WXGA+ (1440x900 pixel) or WUXGA version with a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. If this is still not sufficient, you can connect an external display to the Precision M6300's DVI port.

Due to a good fan control and a huge case, which leaves sufficient space for air circulation, this notebook is despite its excellent performance one of the quietest of its category.

Dell Precision M6300
Dell Precision M6300
Dell Precision M6300 Image
Dell Precision M6300 Image
Dell Precision M6300 Image
Dell Precision M6300 Image

 

Many thanks to the company Planet Notebook, which kindly provided us with the reviewed notebook. Here you can configure and also buy this notebook.

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Dell Precision M6300

Specifications

Dell Precision M6300

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel PM965
:: Memory
3072 MB, DDR2 PC6400 800MHz, 1024x2048MB, max. 4096MB
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M - 256 MB, Core: 625 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, GDDR3, 512MB with TurboCache
:: Display
17.1 inch 16:10, 1440x900 pixel, WXGA+ UltraSharp TFT Display, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
200 GB - 7200 rpm, 200 GB 7200 rpm ST9200420AS
:: Soundcard
SigmaTel STAC9205
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 6 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 DVI, 1 S-Video, 56k V.92 Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: microphone, headphones, Card Reader: 5in1, Smartcard Reader
:: Networking
10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit), Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (a b g ), 2.0+EDR Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632H ATA
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 40 x 280 x 390
:: Weight
3.77 kg Power Supply: 0.85 kg
:: Battery
80 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1V 7200mAh
:: Price
2326 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32 Bit
:: Additional features
36 Months Warranty

 

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The Precision M6300 is a huge workstation for demanding 3D applications.
The Precision M6300 is a huge workstation for demanding 3D applications.
Typing is user-friendly. Typical Dell the touch pad buttons have a long travel.
The 17 inch display with a resolution of 1440x900 pixels had average measurement results.
The 17 inch display with a resolution of 1440x900 pixels had average measurement results.
Dell also offers a WUXGA display (1920x1200 Pixel) for a bigger desktop size as an alternative.
Dell also offers a WUXGA display (1920x1200 Pixel) for a bigger desktop size as an alternative.
The hardware inside is worth a closer look: Core 2 Duo T9300 CPU with 2.5 GHz up to a Core 2 Extreme processor,...
The hardware inside is worth a closer look: Core 2 Duo T9300 CPU with 2.5 GHz up to a Core 2 Extreme processor,...
...and a nVIDIA Quadro FX1600M video adapter ensured top results in the benchmark tests.
...and a nVIDIA Quadro FX1600M video adapter ensured top results in the benchmark tests.
So, it's a surprise that the surface temperatures stayed always alright.
So, it's a surprise that the surface temperatures stayed always alright.
These perforations seemed to cover the speakers at first.
These perforations seemed to cover the speakers at first.
Quickly, it turned out that these are vent holes, which support the fans inside the case.
Quickly, it turned out that these are vent holes, which support the fans inside the case.
The Precision comes with two independent fans (video card, CPU).
The Precision comes with two independent fans (video card, CPU).
The speakers are at the front edge of the notebook. There sound is most of all loud.
The speakers are at the front edge of the notebook. There sound is most of all loud.
The 80Wh lithium-ions battery provides in spite of powerful components a good runtime.
The 80Wh lithium-ions battery provides in spite of powerful components a good runtime.
Furthermore, the integrated charge status display makes it possible to know about the left capacity at any time.
At the first, the missing extra numerical pad of the keyboard gets obvious.
Typing is user-friendly. Typical Dell the touch pad buttons have a long travel.
This desktop replacement notebook has a double hook transport lock.
At the first, the missing extra numerical pad of the keyboard gets obvious.
...however, there is a slight see-saw after adapting the opening angle.
This desktop replacement notebook has a double hook transport lock.
Although it is in general like the Precision M90, something is still completely different:
Although it is in general like the Precision M90, something is still completely different:
The identification plate uncovers: Made in Poland - from the green island to the European continent.
The identification plate uncovers: Made in Poland - from the green island to the European continent.
The case is solely made of high-quality materials.
The case is solely made of high-quality materials.
So, the robustness of the case is impressing and the workmanship is good.
So, the robustness of the case is impressing and the workmanship is good.
No surprise, the height of the case is 40 mm.
No surprise, the height of the case is 40 mm.
There is only one point of critique. The part above the keyboard is, typical Dell not absolutely tight.
There is only one point of critique. The part above the keyboard is, typical Dell not absolutely tight.
The Dell Precision M6300 is generously equipped with interfaces.
The Dell Precision M6300 is generously equipped with interfaces.
There are among others a total of 6 USB ports, a DVI-D port, S-Video and VGA port.
There are among others a total of 6 USB ports, a DVI-D port, S-Video and VGA port.
A security feature of the Precision M6300 is also the Smartcard Reader. A fingerprint reader is an option too.
A security feature of the Precision M6300 is also the Smartcard Reader. A fingerprint reader is an option too.
The M6300 provides a docking port, which is a mandatory interface for notebooks designed for professionals. It makes it possible to ideally integrate this notebook in your existing office environment.
The M6300 provides a docking port, which is a mandatory interface for notebooks designed for professionals. It makes it possible to ideally integrate this notebook in your existing office environment.
Each position is well supported by the huge hinges,...
Each position is well supported by the huge hinges, however, there is a slight see-saw after adapting the opening angle.
Furthermore, the integrated charge status display makes it possible to know about the left capacity at any time.

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Pro

+Robust, flexural rigid case
+High-quality materials used
+Good interface equipment and order
+Gigabit LAN, Draft-n WLAN, Bluetooth, and 3G/HSDPA available
+Comprehensive security features: TPM 1.2, SmartCard, and optional fingerprint reader
+Display with matte surface, high resolutions possible
+Many different configuration options
+Low noise and temperature emissions
 

Cons

-Business-like design
-No separate numerical pad available
-Moderate illumination and viewing angles of the display
-Big size and high weight

Rating

Dell Precision M6300
12/08/2007
J. Simon Leitner

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
98%
Weight
59%
Battery
84%
Display
80%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
98%
Temperature
87%
Noise
91%
Add Points
90%
Average
87%
89%
Gaming *
Weighted Average

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Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2008-03- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)