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Dell Brings Dual SSD, sRGB & Quad Core Options to 15.6in Precision

Gordon Kelly


Dell Brings Dual SSD, sRGB & Quad Core Options to 15.6in Precision

Remember the power-packed 17in Precision M6500 unveiled last month? Well, Dell is at it again in a slightly smaller form factor.

For those who prefer their performance in 15.6 inches, the company has unveiled the 'M4500' the little brother of the M6500 though in almost every sense its equal. This starts immediately with the 1920 x 1080 Full HD 16:9 display and is followed up by either Core i5 or Core i7-920XM Quad Core CPUs plus a choice of Nvidia Quadro FX 1800M or Quadro FX 880M discrete graphics.

The option of an sRGB LED backlit screen should also please image specialists since it promises to display 100 per cent of the colour gamut, while there's a 64GB MiniCard SSD to couple with the internal HDD for dual drive configurations. Integrated 3G, a multi-touch trackpad, backlit keyboard and 3MP webcam are also noteworthy additions, though the absence of USB 3.0 as seen on the M6500 is a shame.

Still, back to the positive and battery life can apparently stretch to a hugely impressive seven hours 40 minutes with a nine cell battery and a 12 cell battery is also available should you decide its 6lb weight is something you'd regularly like in your backpack. Meanwhile you get the choice of Windows 7, Vista, XP and Red Hat Linux 5.4 64bit OSes.

In the US prices begin at $1,700, but scale quickly after that and a "coming weeks" release date is mentioned, so expect it to land soon on this side of the channel as well.

In related news Dell has breathed some new life into its Vostro 3000 series as well with a redesigned aluminium shell, bronze, red and silver finishes and Core i3 and i7 support. Graphics also benefit with the Nvidia 310M and 330M now on the menu. Availability is from 16 March, so if you were just about to hit that buy button... WAIT!



Peter 20

March 9, 2010, 10:30 pm

In a world where 1TB external disk drive can be picked up at your local grocery store for a puny 100$ and a digital copy of your favorite HD movie is about 6GB in size the fact that laptop manufacturers sill force you to use USB 2.0 when there is a much better alternative out there is just unacceptable. With that in mind I personally describe the above mentioned laptops as peace of CRAP!


March 10, 2010, 3:43 am

Peter the problem there is that Intel chipsets don't currently support USB3 (yes even the brand new core i3, i5 and i7), so you need to add a third party chip on the board and wire it directly to a PCI express slot to get some decent speed. Obviously this is fine in a desktop but is quite a lot trickier in a laptop, especially the smaller Vostro 3000's. So yeah.. Intel messed up, douche bags!


March 10, 2010, 12:24 pm

Surely rather than USB3 the most important connection would be eSATA anyway since that is the native connection. It's starting to be found even on some quite affordable laptops now but not Dell's most affordable.

Do the Latitudes and Vostros feature eSATA?

Peter 20

March 10, 2010, 6:50 pm

eSATA is nice unfortunately not too many external HDDs come equipped with it or at least not the portable kind.

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