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Dell Precision M6300  (Source: Dell)
Dell's latest business notebook features Intel's new Core 2 Duo X7900 Processor

Dell is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Precision lineup with the announcement of the Precision M6300 notebook. The new notebook replaces the old Precision M90 and is aimed at the business market.

The M6300 features a 17" "Road Ready" chassis design (magnesium alloy). The use of lightweight materials has allowed Dell to trim the weight of the M6300 to 8.5 pounds compared to 9 pounds for the older M90. The M6300 also makes use of a metal display backing to aid in rigidity and durability.

When it comes to hardware specs, the Santa Rosa-based M6300 doesn't disappoint. The notebook features NVIDIA's Quadro FX 1600M with 512MB of TurboCache (256MB dedicated). Dell offers the M6300 in WXGA+ (1440x900) and WUXGA (1920x1200) screen resolutions with TrueLife or anti-glare screen coatings. Unfortunately at this time, LED backlighting will not be available for the M6300 although company representatives note that the option could be made available at a later date.

On the processor front, the M6300 will make available Intel's new Core 2 Duo X7900 processor which clocks in at 2.8GHz (800MHz FSB). As is standard fare with most Santa Rosa notebooks today, the M6300 supports up to 4GB of DDR2 memory. Dell notes that the M6300 can support the full 4GB (rather than 3GB) due to 36-bit addressing when paired with a 64-bit capable operating system.

Storage options abound for the M6300. Dell offers traditional HDDs up to 200GB in size with a 7200RPM spindle speed as well as a 120GB encrypted HDD. Dell will also make available a SanDisk 32GB solid-state disk (SSD) for those that crave the ultimate in performance and durability. Optical drive options include an 8x DVD, 24x CD-RW, 8x DVD+/-RW and a Blu-ray drive (2x writeable).

For those that need wireless connectivity, Dell offers its branded 802.11a/g/n network solutions as well as competing solutions from Intel. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and the Dell Wireless 5510 HSDPA (AT&T) card are optional.

Other features include six USB 2.0 ports, DVI, VGA, S-video, FireWire, 5-in-1 media reader, Express Card slot and an optional UPEK fingerprint reader.

Dell claims that the M6300 will operate for up to four hours on its standard 9-cell battery and is Energy Star 4.0 compliant in all of its configurations.

When it comes to operating systems, Dell will offer Windows XP, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. RedHat Linux 5.1 will also be made available in October.

"Customers buy workstations because they need maximum performance to get a job done, said Dell Product Group VP Vivek Mohindra. "The M6300 is ideal for customers who want to run demanding professional applications no matter where they are."



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Still lacking... IMO
By Eurasianman on 9/4/2007 12:34:16 AM , Rating: 3
My company got me the Dell Precision M90. It is a good laptop. However, I would have liked to see Dell upgrade the keyboard to include the number pad as well as a secondary hard drive bay. I'm also not quite sure if the graphics card is DX 10 or not. Overall, the laptop is pretty durable. However, mine came a bit unbalanced. The middle riser is thicker than the rest of the feet. Overall, solid product.

Lastly, they should make it to where the fan is spinning 24/7 when in use. When the fan is off, the laptop gets quite warm. I've been running Folding@Home on it and it causes the fan to run the entire time at a moderate speed. Therefore, the temps of the laptop overall are a lot cooler.




RE: Still lacking... IMO
By enlil242 on 9/4/2007 8:10:50 AM , Rating: 2
That's interesting, thanks for the mini review ... Just wondering why someone would mark this down?


RE: Still lacking... IMO
By Eurasianman on 9/4/2007 9:30:12 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry, I don't understand the rating system and why I got a -1.

@ John: There are vents on the side as well for the fans. My M90 is in a docking station and the lid is always closed, therefore, making the top vents inadequate. On idle, using Everest, CPU idles around 30C, GPU 52C, and HD 40C. Also, the DVD Drive on my M90 rattles, but that's partially my fault. I don't think the sides of the M90 are very rugged. That or Dell mounted the DVD-RW drive in a way that the door case sticks out a little to much.


RE: Still lacking... IMO
By TomZ on 9/4/2007 11:44:30 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sorry, I don't understand the rating system and why I got a -1.

Probably because you were complaining about a different Dell model than the one discussed in the article.


RE: Still lacking... IMO
By Johnmcl7 on 9/4/2007 4:47:37 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't rely on the upper vents for cooling, if your M90 is sitting in a standard Dell dock it's raised off the ground and should have sufficient cooling underneath.

However if the underside of the laptop is blocked it can pull some air in above (it doesn't seem to push hot air out of there).

As for the optical drive, not sure what causes that - I had the same vibration on a Sony DVD/CD combo on the older XPS 2 but it seemed more to be the drive rather than the chassis.

John


RE: Still lacking... IMO
By Johnmcl7 on 9/4/2007 9:21:43 AM , Rating: 1
I'm glad they've kept to his keyboard, you'll notice there's two vents either side of the keyboard - while they're small the do allow air through, I find the M90's cooling system to be the best I've used on a 17 inch machine.

I don't like the look of the XPS M1730 at all, glad to see Dell have kept with this design for the M90 replacement.

Not sure why the fan on yours doesn't run all the time - it does on the models I've used (XPS and Precision), one fan idles on low most of the time and as the temp goes up it turns on the second fan as needed.

John


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