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
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
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
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."