Pros

  • Great display
  • Scalable RAM--now up to 32GB

Cons

  • Weighs 8.5 pounds, not counting power brick
  • Speakers are a little soft and flat

At A Glance

The Dell Precision M6500 lives up to its reputation as one of the most powerful workstations on the market, and that's without even counting upgrades.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2000.0 MHz
Cache size 8.0 KB
Processor count 4
Display
Display size 17.1 inches
Display type Matte LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1900 x 1200 pixels
Storage
Drives included 2.0
Raid type RAID 0
Drive size 1000.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Other storage
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
General Information
UPC Code 778889268896
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Firewire 1
Available Interfaces eSATA
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n/b/g
Video Interfaces
  • DisplayPort
  • VGA
Slots
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Memory max 32.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 15.5 inches
Depth 11.2 inches
Height 1.6 inches
Weight 9.0 pounds
Weight with Accessories 11.2 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Included Software CyberLink PowerDVD DX; Roxio Creator DE
Other Features
Docking Station Port Yes
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Fingerprint Reader
Input devices
  • Keyboard (backlit)
  • Touchpad (multitouch)
  • TrackPoint/Eraserhead

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 118.0
Battery
Battery Life 2:04   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 265.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 347.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 177.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 360.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 316.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 312.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 195.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 289.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 181.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 184.01   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 180.98   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 162.44   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 109.09   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 107.45   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 107.38   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 54.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 48.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 33.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 97.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 91.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 68.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 97.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 91.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 61.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 123.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 119.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 73.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 38.2   Watts
Sleep power usage 2.3   Watt hours
Off power usage 1.3   Watt hours
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 320.0