If you like your laptops big and powerful then Dell’s latest iteration of its mobile workstation range could be just the thing you’re looking for.
The Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 mobile workstations claim to be the only laptops in the world that come with the second generation Intel Core i7 processor Extreme edition and along with up to 32GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, 256GB SSD, IPS and four-finger multi-touch displays and nVidia’s new Quadro mobile GPUs certainly seem to have the potential to handle whatever challenges you throw at them. The 15.6in M4600 and 17.3in M6600 will go on sale around the world on 10 May with the M4600 starting at $1,678 while the M6600 starts at $2,158. Looking at the graphical grunt of these desktop replacements, the M4600 comes standard with a 1GB AMD FirePro M5950 which can be upgraded to an nVidia Quadro 2000M with 2GB. The larger M6600 starts with a 2GB FirePro M8900 with options all the way up to a whopping 4GB Quadro 5010M. Both models sport two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, as well as an eSATA jack, and an IEEE 1394 port.
The 2.85kg M4600 has been redesigned from the ground up with a new workstation chassis, no longer using the Latitude frame. Other new features include HDMI video-out port and Raid 0/1 support (via SSD MiniCard). It also offers 15.6in HD and FHD display options, including a PremierColor 100 percent colour correct RGB LED display with IPS technology. Looking at its larger brother, the M6600 has increased the performance and power over it predecessor, the M6500, but at the same time managed to decrease the weight to 3.4kg. It now offers three storage options, keeping the optical drive but adding an optional second HDD and 128GB SSD mini card with RAID 5 support, HDMI video-out port, and HD and FHD 17.3in display options.
There definitely seems to be enough power here to make the M4600 and M6600 very capable desktop replacements and they will offer some serious competition for Lenovo’s new ThinkPad range which were announced earlier this year.