When we rolled out the Dell Precision M6500 in December of last year, it was the world's most powerful mobile workstation. Fast forward four months and guess what? It's still the top performing mobile workstation in the world. This system, built with Intel Core i7 quad-core technology and NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics, offered creative professionals, designers, animators, engineers and research scientists the liberation from their desks without sacrificing performance. Industry feedback was resoundingly positive. Mark Schoennagel with Autodesk blogged about his experience and highlighted not only the performance ("It runs circles around pretty much anything you can buy in the workstation category - desktop or mobile!") but also the design ("I have to say it's the most incredible looking piece of technology I have seen.") Press coverage was equally impressive. For instance, in their review, AnandTech said, "If you want a mobile workstation, the Dell Precision M6500 delivers on all fronts."
Building on that success, this week we announced a new member of Dell's family of mobile workstations, the Dell Precision M4500. And true to form, this system is the world's most powerful 15.6-inch mobile workstation. In addition to offering the latest options from Intel, to include the Core i7 920XM Extreme Edition Quad Core processor and support for the next generation NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M, this system offers some additional exciting features.
The M4500 is one of the first mobile workstations to offer an optional SSD MiniCard for additional high-performance data storage. This gives the customer the option of having up to 2 internal storage locations without sacrificing their optical bay. The M4500 also provides near instant access to e-mail, calendar, contacts, or the Internet and virtual remote desktops, with a new innovative technology called Dell Precision ON. And for customers that rely on web conferencing and collaboration to conduct their business, the M4500 offers an optional 3MP camera and Gobi 2.0 mobile broadband connectivity. In terms of true mobility, the M4500 cranks out up to 7hrs and 40min of battery life, or even longer with the optional 12-cell battery slice, and is very easy to carry with a starting weight of only 6 pounds.
Gizmodo summed it nicely: "Remember the hardcore guts of the Dell M6500 workstation? The M4500 is just like that, except at 15.6-inches you've actually got a shot at carrying it around in comfort. It's also the most powerful of workstation of its size."
If you want to hear more, here's my discussion on the Precision M4500 mobile workstation with Lauren.
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Very interested in this model.
They are two graphical options offered - Quadro FX 880M and 1800M. I wonder:
Being on the road very frequently these options are important to me.
Would very appreciate some feedback to help making a decision choosing the most suitable graphical option for my needs.
When are these going to be available to purchase?
Will they have USB 3.0?
nice machine except the 16:9 screen. This is a business laptop, not a media laptop. Business users want MORE vertical real estate, not less!
There will be a large interest for this machine in my company plan on ordering quite a few.
A few notes:
Will there be switchable graphic support?
Personally disagree with the comments about screen aspect ratio.
I am a user of 3D applications (Alias, Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, Maya, Showcase), 2D applications (Photoshop, Illustrator), and the usual word processing, spreadsheets, email, internet, etc. and finding 16:9 to be a much more conformable format for any of these.
I would be curious to hear what applications people really prefer to run on a 4:3 monitor.
For me the 16:9 move is a real deal breake, and as it seems I'm not alone. firstname.lastname@example.org" plus the configurability was the reason why I started buying Dell a couple of years ago. Things are changing ....
The Dell Precision M4500 will be available for purchase very soon. Keep an eye out. :)
No there will not be support for USB 3.0 in the M4500.
Your feedback is totally understood. When it launches the M4500 will be complete. There might be an item or two that is delayed but these will be noted. There is no plan to have switchable GFX in the M4500.
Have you published the full specifications? I would like to compare it to the Latitude E6510.
Does the M4500 have...
GDDR5 graphics memory with the FX1800m.
Support RAID 1 & 0 for the optical bay HDD
Use the same optical bay enclosure as the M4400
when will the M4500 be released (in germany)? I need a laptop for my engineering study whithin the next 3-6 weeks.
Add me to the list of those who had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the M4500, but now left waiting for the inevitable refresh that'll include usb 3.0 & return to at least having an option of 1900x1200.
The business lines are expected to cost more and have a longer shelf life... M4500 made the necessary leap to the core i5 & i7 processors but fell short by moving to 16:10 and completely missed the mark by not including usb 3.0. In 18 months you won't be able to by a dell laptop with usb 2.0 - if I'm paying top dollar for a business laptop that I expect to last 3 years... it should have included that feature now.
Here's hoping there's a e6510 update that have core i, usb 3.0 & 1920x1200.
Some old comments / responses seem to have disappear from this thread such as battery life expectancy between NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M and 1800M...
Anyway - Are they any performance chart available to help choosing between FX 880M and 1800M? I checked the NVIDIA web site but the information available are of not much help I am afraid...