Dell Precision M6500 Laptop Review

If research in nuclear physics is a subject you’re passionate about,
then you need a powerful PC for your simulations. And if mobility is a
necessity for you, then you need a laptop. For these professionals, Dell
has released its Precision M6500, a monster of power in a 17 inches
laptop and less than four kilograms.

Fully coated metal, the M6500 mocks the tenor of the segment, Lenovo,
one of the few manufacturers to offer such beasts. Judge for yourself:
Intel Core i7 Mobile QX920, a professional Nvidia Quadro FX3800 M
graphics card with two hard drives of 250 GB with the possibility of
RAID. Whereof to collect the most demanding applications, video editing
HD multitrack through the professional 3D modeling applications, thanks
to the certification of graphics card drivers. Not a machine for fun
although its more than 12000 points in 3D Mark 2006 allows engineers to
gamers more about to leave the base side of the force – the video game.

High heat dissipation

Surprisingly, with such components, the Precision M6500 might heat. We
measured 35°C on the right palm in idle and not less than 55°C on full
load, which takes not less than 210 W load. Temperatures suggest that
the heat dissipation could be improved. The camera becomes unusable many
a times and so just do not put it on your knees with 3D. However it is
anyway absurd to take almost 4 kg on knees when you have a perfect
device in your office.

Excellent screen

If the format 16/9 is adapted to the general public, which consumes a
lot of videos on its machines, the 16/10 offers more space to work
professionals. That is why the panel of this laptop is 1920 x 1200
pixels and not 1920 x 1080 as the majority of Full HD panels. A slab, in
its high-end version, is simply to fall: providing a coating halfway
between matte and gloss, it delivers pleasant colors, deep blacks, while
not prone to problems with reflections. As for the accuracy of color
the ultimate option allows to cover the gamut Adobe RGB. A must for
photographers and imaging professionals.

For workers

Aimed at the professional world, M6500 is the perfect choice: exit the
memory card reader to empty his vacation photos or HDMI port to watch
the videos on the TV, here is the world of the 6-pin FireWire jack,
output Display Port and eSATA. This time, Dell was a bit stingy: a SD
card reader had been genuine, especially since the DS is now a standard
also used by professional tools – audio recorders, cameras, etc. It may
however be back on a Express Car drive since a 34 mm port of this type


Unparalleled Performance

  • Meet the most powerful mobile
    workstation. The Dell Precision M6500 comes into its own just as other
    mobile workstations start to fade.
  • Offering specifications that some desktop workstations might
    struggle to deliver, the flagship mobile workstation from Dell makes an
    ideal choice for the most demanding users.
  • Discover virtually unlimited creative power with optional Intel Core
    i7-920XM Quad Core Extreme Edition processors and Genuine Windows 7
    Professional 32-Bit, which work in harmony with 1333MHz or 1600MHz DDR3
    memory and stunning ATI FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics to support
    your talent.
  • Designed as a fully operational workstation, the M6500 has the
    performance headroom to deliver the Independent Software Vendor
    (ISV)-certified ISV- application interactivity you expect from Dell

Application Empowering

  • A perfect match for your
    professional applications. As one of the world’s leading workstation
    vendor, Dell partners with strategic Independent Software Vendors to
    certify system and application compatibility so that your applications
    can run gracefully on Dell Precision Workstations.
  • Through rigorous testing, Dell also targets guaranteed compatibility
    and optimized performance in demanding work environments such as
    computer-aided design (CAD), animation, engineering and architecture.
  • No matter how demanding the task, the M6500 offers an exceptional
    platform for extremely demanding workstation users who need to be

Massive Scalability

Amazing expandability and flexibility. Raw performance is one thing, but
the Dell Precision M6500 also has the ability to manage huge amounts of

  • With support for four memory DIMM slots, the M6500
    enables memory scalability up to 16GB. With two dedicated hard-drive
    bays and an additional SSD mini-card, the storage capacity of the M6500
    can scale up to over 1 terabyte, and can be configured in RAID0 or RAID1
    mode to operate with high performance or redundancy.
  • Numerous options give you the flexibility to configure the
    Dell Precision M6500 exactly the way you want. Choose an optional RGB
    LED edge-to-edge 17-inch screen with 100% Adobe user selectable color
    gamut support, an optional 2MP camera, or a multi-touch touchpad with
    jog shuttle, and operate your workstation as you dream.

Total Control of Ownership

  • Compatible, manageable and
    secure. Dell Precision Mobile Workstations are part of the Dell E-Family
    product line, which means they are compatible with E-Family
    accessories, including port replicators, notebook stands, display and
    monitor stands, and external storage modules.
  • Equipped with TruManage technology and featuring Dell ControlPoint
    software to help manage your mobile workstation and lower your total
    cost of ownership, the Dell Precision M6500 also embeds Dell
    ControlVault security, FIPS fingerprint reader and optional contactless
    smart card reader for a comprehensive set of offerings that help
    strengthen and simplify security.
  • Dell Services, such as Dell ImageDirect CFI, Dell ProSupport or
    life-cycle services, are also available on Dell Precision mobile
    workstations, making these systems easy to manage, support and deploy.

Technical Specification

Processors: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition Quad Core, Core i7 Quad Core

Operating System:

  • Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit
  • Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
  • Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service
    to Windows XP Professional
  • Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service
    to Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
  • Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
  • Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service to
    Windows XP Professional
  • Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service to
    Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business 32-Bit
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business 64-Bit
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business with Downgrade Rights Service to
    Windows XP Professional
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business with Downgrade Rights Service to
    Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS v.5.3 EM64T


  • 17" WXGA+ UltraSharp LED Display (1440×900)
  • 17" WUXGA UltraSharp LED Display (1920×1200) Resolution
  • 17" WUXGA RGB LED Back-Lit Display (1920×1200) Resolution
  • 17" WUXGA RGB LED Edge To Edge Back-Lit Display (1920×1200)
    Resolution (Covet only)


  • Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
  • Available DIMM Slots: Four Memory slots offering up to 16GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: 1066MHz, 1333MHz & 1600MHz

Primary Storage:

  • Support for up to 3 storage devices with
    optional RAID0 or RAID1 configuration
  • 7200RPM Free Fall Sensor Hard Drive up to 500GB
  • 7200RPM Encrypted FFS Hard Drive up to 160GB
  • Solid State Hard Drive up to 256GB

Optical Drives: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW slot load, Blu Ray

Graphics Cards:

  • ATI FirePro M7740 Graphics with 1GB dedicated
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Graphics with 1GB dedicated memory
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M Graphics with 1GB dedicated memory


  • WLAN
  • Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 2.1 and Ultra-Wideband (UWB)
  • Next Generation Mobile Broadband, GPS
  • Wireless:
    • Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Mini-Card
    • Dell Wireless 1510 802.11 a/g/n 2×3 Mini-Card
    • Intel Wireless 5300 802.11a/g/n 3×3 Mini-Card
  • WWAN
    • Dell Wireless 5620 HSPA – EVDO Rev A7


  • Physical Security: Steel-reinforced Cable Lock
    Slots, Media Module and Hard Drive Locks.
  • User & System Security:
    • Smart Card Reader and optional
      Contactless Smart Card Reader
    • Fingerprint Reader (optional)
    • FIPS Fingerprint Reader (optional)
    • TPM 1.2 (where available)
    • Wave Embassy Trust Suite
  • Network Security: 802.11 WiFi Protected Access (WPA), 802.11i
    (WPA2), Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 802.1x with EAP modes and
    compatible with CCX 4.0


  • 2 speakers, optional dual array microphones
  • Optional 2MP camera, 3MP (Coming Soon!)


  • Slots: 8-in-1 card reader; ExpressCard 54;
    PC Card
  • Docking: Advanced E-Port, E-Port, Legacy Port Replicator, Ergo Flat
    Panel Stand, Basic Monitor Stand, E-View Notebook Stand
  • Modular Options: E-Family modular media dock: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW,
    Second Hard Drive


  • Aluminum LCD back and base
  • Dell Precision industrial design

Weight & Dimensions:

  • Preliminary weight starting at:
    8.5lbs/3.86kg with WXGA+ panel, DVD-ROM, 9-cell battery.
  • Width: 15.4"/393mm
  • Depth: 11.0"/280.5mm
  • Height: 1.35"/34.5mm(F), 1.5"/38.5mm(B)

Ports: 1394 Powered 6-pin, USB 2.0 (x4), VGA, Display Port, RJ-45,
Audio, eSATA

Power Supply:

  • 210 Watt AC adapter
  • 9-cell extended life primary batteries


From the independent producer who needs a portable device for editing a
film, the photographer who handles a large volume of files, up to the
engineer or architect that model things on the go. With such prices, the
typical person will spend his way, but it is a machine of choice for
pros. It loses a star due to a very high heat dissipation.


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