Dell Precision 5520
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Precision 5520
Source: PC World Archive.org version
The Dell Precision 5520 is a capable work machine and can offer a stylish alternative to OS X or Windows 10 workstations. When a manufacturer provides drivers (either backported from a newer kernel or supplied for the PC in question), the seamless experience makes you want to lean back and enjoy the OS. Frankly, I wish more PC makers would do what Dell did and offer their hardware to consumers, prepared and equipped for a Linux experience.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/01/2017
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
The ThinkPad P50 has a better keyboard, but uses a last-gen processor and has 3 hours less battery life. If you want the best combination of mobile workstation power, portability and style, the Precision 5520 is a no-brainer.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80%
Describing the latest Dell Precision 5520 requires quite a number of superlatives. The US manufacturer claims that it is “the world’s thinnest, lightest, smallest 15" mobile workstation”. In fact, it could easily pass of as a premium ultrabook. On first sight, it is clear that the Precision 5520 is a well-built machine. Its 14-inch chassis is compact and the carbon palm rest exudes strength and durability. Dimensions of this laptop measures at 0.44” x 14.05” x 9.26” and it weighs merely 1.78kg. This slim and light profile makes this compact laptop a mobile power horse. Its 15.6 inch display will certainly blow users away as the InfinityEdge display, from the XPS series and Dell Premium display units has been brought to this ultraportable workstation. The display is constructed with very small bezels for virtually borderless viewing. Furthermore the incredible 4K Ultra HD resolution with over 8 million pixels is poised to deliver unbelievable detail on visuals and images. Dell PremierColor assures users of up to 100% AdobeRGB minimum gamut display for the quality and fine level of detail required. In terms of performance, this laptop is powered by the Intel Core i5-7440HQ and running on 8GB, DDR4 RAM. It is unquestionable that on these specs that this machine is capable of delivering maximum performance, even from demanding professional software. Internal storage consists of a 500GB hard drive, enough for media storage but probably not enough for something that is called as a workstation.
Connectivity is also adequately provided for with USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port and a Thunderbolt 3 port. The single cable docking modules makes multitasking a breeze and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity manages large file transfers at lightning speed. This laptop comes bundled with a 3-cell (56Wh) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge. This surely will appeal those who require the added battery juice for longer productivity and fast charging capability. Another feature of this Precision workstation is the Dell Precision Optimizer which automatically tunes the workstation to run the most popular Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications at a rapid pace. If there is any quirk mentioning about this laptop, it will be the position of its camera. It is high likely that the awkward position of its optics is compromised to maintain its virtual borderless viewing mode. Apart from this minor quibble, this machine certainly scores high on all fronts. Early reviews also affirm of its high ranks among its rivals. It is certainly a mobile work horse for performing professional tasks but don't expect it to give the real workstation experience. It is quite weird that Dell has made a workstation with specs that can be lower than its entry level Inspiron series.
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i5-7440HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 2.8 - 3.8 GHz without Hyper Threading (which is supported by the faster i7 CPUs). The chip also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU clocked at 350 - 1000 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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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.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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