Dell Precision 17-7720
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Reviews for the Dell Precision 17-7720
Source: Laptop Mag
The Precision 7720's brilliant display is delightful, its lengthy battery life is better than most workstations' and its performance is more than adequate for 3D graphics work. The only major downside we found is that its SSD was far slower than others we tested.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Dell’s new Precision 17-7720 is not exactly your average battlestation-grade workstation, so what is different from its last iteration, the 7710? Before getting down to the actual meat of this beast, let us talk about battery life. Despite its size and the hardware it packs, the Precision 7720 was actually able to score 9 hours on a single charge, which is impressive for a 17-incher. Because the Precision is designed to be a mean business workstation, it is not surprising that the chassis design sports a much more industrial look. With a weight of 3.5 kg and a thickness of 35mm, this hefty beast feels like carrying a mini anvil around. As a 17-inch system, the Precision 7720 is also loaded with a slew of up-to-date IO, such as 3 USB-3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI out, a mini DisplayPort, and a SmartCard Reader, which will be more than handy. Because the Precision lies between your average business-user and workstation platforms, Dell is also offering the option to increase security with a fingerprint reader or an NFC sensor. And if you configure the notebook with a compatible CPU, it will also provide Intel’s vPro remote management technology. Moving on to the actual hardware, the Precision 7720 is equipped with Intel’s Xeon E3-1535M v6 mobile server processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB of Solid State PCIe storage, and an Nvidia Quadro P3000 graphics processing unit, although Dell will also offer AMD FirePro variants. The installed FHD panel is unfortunately TN based, which means viewing angles might suffer, although the panel scored quite well in sRGB ratings with a score of 126 percent, which seals the deal on it being professional grade. In terms of brightness, with a brightness level of 317 nits, the TN panel is actually brighter than its average counterparts. Next is the user input experience: The keyboard remains quite comfortable to type on with excellent key travel and feedback, although it should be noted that light typists might find the keys a little harder to accentuate with 69 grams of force needed.
As for the touchpad, it is quite accurate and able to accept 3-finger navigation gestures in Windows 10 quite reliably, though one major gripe is that the touchpad could be slightly bigger to take advantage of the space afforded by the notebook’s size. The top and bottom click buttons are quite solid and crisp to the click. Users can also take advantage of the fact that Dell has decided to include the mouse nubbin usually found on business notebooks as opposed to workstation notebooks, removing the need to carry a mouse along. In the audio department, Dell has actually taken the time to fine-tune the speakers so they produce enough volume to fill a conference room. The bass is surprisingly satisfying; usually, notebooks irrespective of class tend to either have lackluster bass or none at all. Of course, if you are inclined to tune the audio even more, Dell offers a software solution called “Waves MaxxAudio Pro”. Being equipped with a Quadro-based GPU does not necessarily mean the Precision 7720 is incapable of gaming, far from it, it is actually able to run most modern titles on high to maximum settings. However, do not be fooled by its VR certification, the base model just barely scores on the SteamVR test, despite the badge. Because of that, you are better off either choosing the mid-spec variant or go big with all the bells and whistles. The bottom line is: If you are a professional whose work involves high graphic editing or modeling, the Precision 17 is a very good choice.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA Quadro P3000: High-end workstation graphics card based on the 16nm GP106 chip (similar to the consumer GTX 1060) from the Pascal architecture. 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.
E3-1535M v6: Professional quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 3.1 - 4.2 GHz. It is the top model of the Kaby Lake H-series in the beginning of 2017 and therefore also the fastest mobile processor. The chip also integrates the professional HD Graphics P630 GPU with certified drivers clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
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. In 2014, the global market share of Dell laptops was 12.3% and it is 14% in 2016.
70%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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