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Dell Precision M6500

Specifications

Dell Precision M6500
Dell Precision M6500
Processor
Intel Core i7-720QM 4 x 1.6 - 2.8 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
Display
17.30 inch 16:10, 1440 x 900 pixel, glossy: yes
Weight
3.9 kg ( = 137.57 oz / 8.6 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
2000 Euro

 

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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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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: Tech Advisor English Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dell Precision M6500 - nekompromisní DTR
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN Archive.org version
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.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» 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.


17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.9 kg:

Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight. 


Dell: Dell is a U.S. manufacturer (based in Texas) of computer hardware founded in 1984 and is one of the largest international manufacturers in terms of both market share and notebook models. Its product line includes desktops, notebooks, storage systems, monitors, servers, printers, consumer electronics and peripherals. Dell offers laptops that are suitable for various applications, such as business laptops, gaming laptops, ultra portables and workstations. Dell's business laptops from the Latitude and Precision series are an option for professional users and businesses.

In 2023, Dell had an approximate 17% market share of global PC sales, ranking #3 after Lenovo and HP.

For gaming enthusiasts, Dell's Alienware brand is for gaming notebooks.


80.75%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.


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

 

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