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This large 17-inch Dell workstation is well-equipped và offers plenty of space for further customization. But is it enough to compete with the smaller Dell Precision M4800? Find out in our in-depth review.
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For the original German review, see here.

Dell is aheavyweightin the workstation market. In the last few years, thePrecision series has always delivered high performance combined with low emissions. Buyers no longer have to lớn worry about the basic qualities a work notebook should have when they purchase from Dell: high workmanship quality, a sturdy case, extensive service and upgrade options và typical business features. In short, you can find all you need in a Precision, but sometimes you have khổng lồ pay a little more for it. Business customers và large firms canindividually configuretheir models and even express any extra wishes they might have. However, the options available lớn private buyers are severely limited, as we experienced when getting out thử nghiệm model. Dell instead offers pre-configured models that cover the needs of what most buyers want.

As a buyer, you currently choose from three Precision M6800 configurations. It is possible to lớn fine-tune some of the software, the warranty period & the service packets, but on the hardware side the user has khổng lồ stick to the preset configuration. As such, other storage devices, RAM or similar changes are not an option, unlessyou bởi it yourself.

At the time of purchase,our demo modelcost2,030 Euros (~$2727) (total: 2,420 Euros/~$3251) và it includes anIntel chip core i7-4800MQ-CPU, a 750 GB HDD, theNvidia Quadro K3100M graphics, 16 GB RAM, a matte Full HD display and Windows 7.


In contrast to lớn theDell Precision M4800, thelarge 17-inch workstation on our test bench is built around the familiar base case (now in its 4th generation). Over time, the ports may have been rearranged or some details on the inside may have changed, but overall Dell has stayed true lớn their original design. Sturdiness & user-friendly maintenanceare at a very high level and ensure that the Precision M6800 scores full points in the maintenance test. A disadvantage of the sturdy, yet large case is its weight: 3.8 kg (~8.4 pounds) is not light. Furthermore, the model measures 41 x 27 centimet (~16.1 x 10.6 inches) and requires a slightly bigger notebook bag than one is used to.


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The well-known case of the Dell Precision M6800 ...
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... In its 4th generation.

Connectivity


The ports placed on the sides & on the back of our test mã sản phẩm are identical to those on theDell Precision M4800.In fact, it seems that even the positioning has been kept the same. We are provided with 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0/ eSATA, HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, card reader and Gigabit-LAN. TheDell Precision M6700has a FireWire 800 interface, but this is not to lớn be found on our model. Unfortunately, despite the reduction inconnectivity, the manufacturer has not optimally utilized the (now larger) space available for ports on the left side. For example, theUSB 3.0 ports and the audio jacks are quite close together, which means the use of thick DVB-T, memory or WWAN sticks will block the neighboring ports (or they are harder to access).Additional portscan be procured using theExpressCard 34/54 slot or via a docking station.


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Front: no ports.

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Left: Kensington, 2 x USB 3.0, Audio in/ out, DVD burner, thẻ reader, Smart card reader, ExpressCard 34/54.
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Rear: VGA, LAN, HDMI, eSATA/USB 2.0, power nguồn outlet.
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Right: WLAN switch, HDD slot, 2x USB 3.0, DisplayPort.

Communication

The Dell Precision M6800 is equipped with a Dell Wireless 1550 802.11ac module. It uses two antennas and includes bluetooth không dây 4.0. We did notfind any issueswith the connection quality. Furthermore, the antennas for a WWAN module are already included, which makes upgrading quite easy.A Crucial M4 mSATA SSD with a capacity of 64 GB was not recognized in the WWAN slot, which seems khổng lồ be reserved only for mobile broadband use. A Gigabit LAN port & a 720p webcam round off the connectivity.

Security

Like in the Dell Precision M4800, the large workstation lacks afingerprint reader. The pre-configured models available in the online cửa hàng do not offer the option of adding one. However, our test mã sản phẩm includes a Trusted Platform module 1.2, a Smart card Reader, various BIOS & system password options and is prepared for the Computrace service.

Accessories

Dell offers a bounty of universal accessories. There are also system-specificdocking stations forsale. TheAdvanced E-Port II port replicator is compatible with the predecessors & costs around 280 Euros (~$376 total) in the shop. The wireless alternative is the Dell D5000 Wireless docking station, which will phối the buyer back about 270 Euros (~$363). This may be cheaper, but it includes fewer options & seems only accessible with the Dell 1601 WiGig card.

Maintenance

The large maintenance flap on the bottom can be taken off by taking out the battery và removing two screws. Beneath, the user will find all thehardware components và upgrade options. An mSATA slot is unoccupied và can be used to địa chỉ cửa hàng an mSATA SSD. A second 2.5-inch drive slot offers the user the option of adding a traditional 2.5-inch SSD or HDD. For even more storage, the user can replace the optical drive with a caddy, which will accommodate an SSD / HDD. This design offers the user a plentitude of options lớn choose from. Furthermore, the Precision M6800 is equipped with a quad-core CPU & has four RAM slots. Two of the slots can be found in the bottom while the other two are khổng lồ be found under the keyboard. In our chạy thử model, all four slots are filled with 4 GB RAM modules. As expected, the fan is easily accessible and can be cleaned / swapped out.

Warranty

The Dell Precision M6800 includes a standard3-year basic on-site serviceon the next workday. Extending the warranty or adding service packets is optional. 5 years ProSupport with on-site service on the next workday will cost the buyer 460 Euros (~$618).


Keyboard

The keyboard is installed securely and offers a modest stroke distance combined with a quiet impact. All keys are sufficiently large and the separate numeric pad should delight number crunchers. The mã sản phẩm even offers keyboard lighting, which is lacking in thePrecision M6700.Overall, we believe that typists will enjoy workingon this keyboard.

Touchpad

The 80 x 45 milimet (~3.1 x 1.8 inches) touchpad has very good base properties, but is abit small for multi-touch gestures. We like the separate touchpad keys, which can be individually configured & the precise TrackPoint.