Remodeled full-fat workstations Dell Precision 7550 & 7750 have been announced
Mobile workstations are not a big market with many different categories of devices. Essentially, there are just two: Full-fat workstations and thinner, lighter ones.
Dell Precision 7550 & 7750 redesign: No more pointing stick, upward-firing speakers
With no doubt. the Dell Precision 7000 series belongs in the first category. Still: Even though they are full-fat mobile workstations, Dell is attempting to make them a little bit smaller, lighter and thinner as well. Case in point: The new Dell Precision 7550 and 7750 are 19 % smaller than their predecessors Dell Precision 7540 and Precision 7740. This entails smaller screen bezels, especially to the left and right of the LCD panel.
While the Precision 7000 laptops get smaller in one way, they get bigger in others: The size of the touchpad has been increased. On the other hand, the new models do not sppear to be sporting a pointing stick anymore, a standard feature on older Dell Precision workstations. Like the touchpad, the keyboard has been reworked: The formerly dedicated PageUp/Down buttons are now only accessible as FN functions and the power button has been integrated into the keyboard deck as well. Rounding out the design-changes to the keyboard deck, Dell shifts the speakers to the position above the keyboard.
Intel Comet Lake H meets Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 in the new Dell workstations
Inside of the newly designed Precision 7000 series, Intel Comet Lake H CPUs with up to eight cores and Xeon-options are powering the mobile workstations. Alongside them are Nvidia Quadro chips, going up to the Quadro RTX 5000 – a new option for the Dell Precision 7550, as the Precision 7540 only offered the Quadro RTX 3000 as the fastest GPU.
Compared to the thinner Dell Precision 5000 models, the Precision 7000 offers more RAM (up to 128 GB) and storage options, with up to three M.2 SSDs on the Precision 7550, up to four on the Precision 7750. That also means that these are the first models of this series without a 2.5 inch HDD option. Unlike the slimmer Precisions, the Precision 7550 and 7750 still keep legacy ports like HDMI and USB A around.
While those are advantages for the full-fat workstations, the available screens are more of a disadvantage compared to the thinner Precision workstations: Unlike Precision 5550 and 5750, the 7000 series does not adopt the taller 16:10 aspect ratio, leaving larger bezels beneath and below the screen.
Pricing & Availability Dell Precision 7550 and Precision 7750
The Dell Precision 7550 will be available on May 28, starting at $1,709. Its larger brother Dell Precision 7750 will not go on sale till June 6 and it will cost at least $1,999.