By Andrew Binstock Computerworld US | on February 22, 2010
Price When Reviewed: 2281
Pros: Very powerful; outstanding screen.
Cons: Expensive; heavy.
The graphics system consists of the just-released Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M adapter, with 1GB of dedicated RAM and a 650MHz internal clock – the fastest model of mobile graphics cards currently available.
Our benchmark tests show that the Nvidia card in the Dell Precision M6500 matches the performance of the desktop Nvidia Quadro FX 3800 card. That’s quite an achievement for a mobile graphics adapter, which operates in much tighter thermal, spatial, and power constraints.
The display, as we mentioned earlier, is huge. It’s an amazing RGB LED display with a colour depth that covers over 100 per cent of the Adobe RGB colour gamut – so colours in Adobe apps should appear perfectly.
Storage – a frequent limitation of portable workstations – is capacious. There’s space for two 500GB hard drives and one 64GB solid-state drive (SSD), though our test unit had two 160GB hard drives.
The Dell Precision M6500 comes in a brushed-metallic case that passes US military tests for robustness. The keys are backlit – another chassis feature that we like. The nine-cell battery provides roughly two and a half hours of usage – enough for a quick out-of-studio excursion, but no more.
With the fastest mobile x86 processor and the fastest mobile graphics card on the market, there’s no doubt that the Dell Precision M6500 deserves a top mark for power – it’s the speediest notebook available today. At this price, prospective buyers need to be certain they need the mighty firepower of this system. If you do, you can’t do better.