Dell intros Core i7 Extreme Precision M6500 mobile workstation

By on December 1, 2009, 12:51 PM
Dell has introduced the Precision M6500, a new Core i7-packing mobile workstation. Prices start at $2,749 and include a 17" WXGA+ display, a 1.6GHz Core i7 720QM processor, 2GB of DDR3 1066MHz RAM, a 1GB ATI FirePro M7740 graphics chip, a 160GB 5400RPM HDD, an 8x DVD burner, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a nine-cell battery, and Windows 7 Professional.

Configurations scale up to a 17" WUXGA LED display, a 2GHz Core i7 920XM Extreme Edition, 16GB of DDR3 1333MHz, a 1GB Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M, dual hard drives for up to 1TB of storage (various RAID options are available), a Blu-ray drive, 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. This setup won't come cheap, of course. Prices rise above $9,000 with some high-end configurations.


The Precision M6500 isn't especially light at about 8.5lbs, and features your usual connectivity, such as Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, Firewire, VGA, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and eSATA. The system comes with a three-year "basic limited warranty" and next business day on-site service. Other, more expensive options include four-year end user support. Orders placed today have a preliminary ship date of December 22.




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Eddie_42 Eddie_42 said:

Thats an intense laptop. I did notice the HDD is a bit lacking though. Maybe for cost savings?? A 250GB SSD or a platter drive with at least 7200rpm (if not 10k) would be a great compliment to the other high stats.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This sounds like a total rip of as far as price is concerned. For example the

HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition series comes with the same processor, but base model includes blue ray, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M , 4 GB RAM, 320GB hd, n wireless, etc. . . for ~$1100.

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compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I guess the video card is more of a workhorse on the dell, but still for personal use i would never drop that kind of money when i can get something "better" in my mind for 1/2 the price. Maybe this makes sense if you are a video editing professional.

Heretic said:

For nearly 3000 dollars I better get more than a freaking brand name. For 3000 bucks, I could get a core i7, a sweet video card, a huge solid state hard drive, and 4 gigs of the same, if not better, ram in a similar laptop. What the hell, Dell?

Se7enVII said:

A powerful laptop for sure but definitely not worth the price. I'd rather have a kickass desktop instead, or as compdata mentioned, a HP quad-core laptop which costs much less.

wcbert said:

Nine grand for their top of the line model? Does that laptop come in gold?

claycc said:

I think people are missing the fact that this is a workstation laptop and isn't geared for gaming/home use. I did a quick check on the 1GB ATI FirePro M7740 graphics chip and I found one used on ebay for ~$450 so new it would cost even more. Workstation graphics cards aren't cheap.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

compdata said:

This sounds like a total rip of as far as price is concerned. For example the

HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition series comes with the same processor, but base model includes blue ray, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M , 4 GB RAM, 320GB hd, n wireless, etc. . . for ~$1100./url]

Totally different product, totally different target market, it's comparing apples and oranges. Look again at the video processors listed on this machine - this is intended to be a graphics workhorse, with hardware aimed at shear number crunching, not a general purpose gaming-ready GeForce card. And it comes with 3 years of support.

This is not a typical notebook for a general user, this is a targeted workstation, and the pricing is on par (or less) than a full-fledged desktop workstation. I know the knee-jerk reaction is usually brought on by sticker shock, but this is aimed at industries that throw big money at solid, reliable, well-backed equipment. Keep in mind that the license seats for the software this notebook would be purchased to run will probably add up to more than the cost of the computer. You probably never see a pimped out brightly painted version of this computer under Joe CollegeStudent's arm (unless he's an engineering student with a huge trust fund and an unhealthy love of finite element analysis).

ryan29121 said:

Great looking laptop with a ton of performance. I wish I had the money to afford one.

ColdPreacher said:

Vrmithrax said:

compdata said:

This sounds like a total rip of as far as price is concerned. For example the

HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition series comes with the same processor, but base model includes blue ray, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M , 4 GB RAM, 320GB hd, n wireless, etc. . . for ~$1100./url]

Totally different product, totally different target market, it's comparing apples and oranges. Look again at the video processors listed on this machine - this is intended to be a graphics workhorse, with hardware aimed at shear number crunching, not a general purpose gaming-ready GeForce card. And it comes with 3 years of support.

This is not a typical notebook for a general user, this is a targeted workstation, and the pricing is on par (or less) than a full-fledged desktop workstation. I know the knee-jerk reaction is usually brought on by sticker shock, but this is aimed at industries that throw big money at solid, reliable, well-backed equipment. Keep in mind that the license seats for the software this notebook would be purchased to run will probably add up to more than the cost of the computer. You probably never see a pimped out brightly painted version of this computer under Joe CollegeStudent's arm (unless he's an engineering student with a huge trust fund and an unhealthy love of finite element analysis).

I agree, these workstations are geared towards WORK. Companies that need there employees or even employees that work at home could benefit from this laptop.

harby said:

I'd expect more than 2GB or RAM for almost $3k

Afenix said:

Damn this laptop looks great. No matter its a DELL one. Too bad i live in a "second-level" country so we don't even have QUAD laptops!! I'll be going to Germany to get this baby

vangrat said:

My question is that with all the troubles they are having with their warranty service agreements at the moment, how do they plan on bringing in customers to buy this?

ken777 said:

The pricing on some of the options is crazy. Switching from dvd to blu-ray costs $502! Most people who buy this aren't going to pay the prices on the website. They're going to get a discounted price through their sales rep.

Serag said:

A mobile monster..but pricing is not fair esp when upgrading..

lfg18 said:

It is a very nice laptop, but despite the targeted market I think it is still pricey, and the options to get improvements in the hardware are ridiculously expensive, I agree with compdata, the HP offers more value, I know that the graphic processor is not that wonderful but it is not a bad laptop, and in HP online store you can get it for $899

tonylukac said:

Gee, $9000 perhaps to surf Techspot. You can get a car in India for $2000 now.

Razerblade said:

Wow that is a bit expensive! It looks like a great laptop but Some of those components do not seem worth that kind of money! The wireless card is only b/g, what about N standard?

kaonis92 said:

Why buy a laptop if you want something at this level of performance ??? $9000 is way to much...

swilllx2p said:

"Prices rise above $9,000 with some high-end configurations"

I think i'll have to pass on this one . I'm trying to think where this would actually be useful...maybe someone needing to do lots of CAD and ProEngineering on the go..a video editor of some sort needing to encode lots of video at once on the go quickly? And even then as freedomthinker said...overkill.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Again, people seem to be missing the point of this laptop. It is NOT an everyday laptop, it is NOT for the general user. The hardware is specifically tied together and optimized for peak performance and reliability, as this will be a number-crunching juggernaut that the technical professionals using it will rely on for their livelihood. @lfg18, you can't compare an $899 HP laptop to this, they are not even remotely connected - the mobile workstation video card in this Dell laptop alone is more than most standard laptops, and you need to understand that these workstation laptops are often purchased exclusively BECAUSE of that high end video processor, the consumers in this target market will not settle for crap mobile gaming or integrated GPUs.

As for why the options are so much, it's because they are all top of the line components that are guaranteed to be solid and reliable, not the bargain "cheapest crap we could find that works" components you usually get in everyday laptops. Your $899 HP laptop has the lowest cost components that can be found, which are even cheaper as they are bought in huge lots, while these workstations have more brand-name type components that are bought in smaller lots, since there will be much fewer sales of these workstation laptops than mainstream units.

If you still think the price disparity is ridiculous, try looking at true desktop workstations vs. standard PCs. The prices on decent workstations often dwarfs even the top-of-the-line gaming rigs.

BlackIrish said:

Not worth it... it's not like you will be traveling the world everyday and doing intense computer work while at it

Heretic said:

@Vrmithrax

I don't care if it IS a bunch of high quality parts. That price tag is mostly the brand name. I could just as easily put together a really nice laptop with top notch quality parts at ibuypower.com and come up with a comparable laptop that would serve me just as well. And I'd be getting a LOT more for my money. Besides...there's only so far a laptop can go in terms of reliability. It's not like this thing is running a RAID setup or anything fancy.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Mmmm, beefy! Although I would never spend this kind of money on a workstation laptop. A gaming one perhaps... if I have money to throw away, but not many people need this kind of processing ability on-the-go.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Something like this would be great for working on AutoCAD or any other 3D rendering/design program, and you can take it with you where ever you go. A perfect gift for the workaholic in everyones families! Just maybe opt for at least 4GB of RAM, design programs can eat up a lot of RAM when things get complicated.

ununpentium said:

About time too! A new dual-drive core i7 mobile workstation (and RAID-able too) !!

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Heretic said:

@Vrmithrax

I don't care if it IS a bunch of high quality parts. That price tag is mostly the brand name. I could just as easily put together a really nice laptop with top notch quality parts at ibuypower.com and come up with a comparable laptop that would serve me just as well. And I'd be getting a LOT more for my money. Besides...there's only so far a laptop can go in terms of reliability. It's not like this thing is running a RAID setup or anything fancy.

Oh, I don't doubt you could. So could I. But, again, missing the point of what market sector this product is aimed at. You (or I) could PERSONALLY build such a killer machine, but not come close to the workstation efficiency and optimization unless we could get our hands on those workstation quality mobile GPUs, which are expensive as hell. But, even with that in mind, consider this... Yes, you can build a nice notebook. But that's yours. Now, are you going to build 100 of them? A thousand of them? And ship them all over the country (or world) to your engineers who need them? And then drop everything and fly to each and every one of those engineers when they have an issue, within 24 hours? Still think you can do it cheaper?

Yah, some of the price is brand, but Dell is usually pretty competitive compared to many other common brands. What you are really paying for is reliability and the support structure behind the product. These workstation laptops will be in situations where they are the bread and butter for the person using them, their entire job will be done on them every day. If it breaks, they can't just send it off to some service center and wait for a week or two to get it back. It has to be fixed NOW, or they are often completely and utterly screwed. Which is why the companies in these situations will pay big money to know that they are covered in such events. Pay up front and have some peace of mind, or save some initial build costs and end up costing you much MUCH more at the back end when things go wrong. I've seen it happen many, many times in my experiences with big IT departments where accounting got their noses into the process and decided to go the cheap route, and it ended up costing them far more in the long run than it would have if they had bought the premium stuff up front. And, ironically enough, the IT department usually got the blame for the whole fiasco, even though they were overridden on their preferences.

Guest said:

Yes.. Most people don't realize that the software meant to run on these machines run about $5000 per seat and will cost you $1500 per year to keep license current. An small company will usually have 2-6 seats and will average about $10,000.00 a year to maintain them. On top of that, the average salary of someone using a machine like this is between 45 - 70K. So the cost of a machine like this gets justified pretty easily. This not intended for gaming or personal use. It's made to work!

SWUser said:

Built to Work

I agree with guest and vrmithrax.. this is a workstation.. not a pc or gaming machine. Meant for 3D design software. Solidworks, Solidedge, Maya, 3d studio max .. etc.. Very expensive software packages. Can't run the cart without the horse. These computers are work horses.

Guest said:

Just bought this is the uk . Very hi end use CAD engineering work bought though a sales rep with 30% off list price, 16gb of ram 128 ssd 500gb harddrive i7 core processor

Guest said:

9000k? I maxed the options for mine up on Dell.au and was around $8000 off call my Australian Dell account manager and got it $5700...

Setup a business account with Dell and deal with a local account manager, not only do you get a better deal, but you can spec things that arn't shown on the web lists.

I use mine for solidedge ST2

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