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Dell's new Skylake Precision laptops get smaller, thinner and faster

Gordon Mah Ung | Oct. 2, 2015
Dell's new Precision 15 5000 corporate laptop takes an important cue from its cousin, the XPS 13.

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The Precision 15 5000 uses a Microsoft Precision Trackpad.

Also new is the inclusion of a Microsoft Precision Trackpad that should offer, more, well precision. In a move I welcome: a larger keyboard over the XPS 13.

Finally, Dell said the new Precision will also be supported by its Dell Precision Optimizer and Reliable Memory Technology. Dell Precision Optimizer tunes the laptop’s performance for the professional, certified apps it’s running. For example, if an app is mostly single-threaded, the laptop could switch off Hyper-Threading in real time and boost the clock speed of the CPU. RMT lets the laptop detect and map out bad sections of main memory. 

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The Precision 15 5000 is about 6 percent thinner than its predecessor with the same size screen. Credit: Gordon Mah Ung

Other Precisions get a buff, too

The Precision 15 5000 isn’t the only new laptop. Dell has also announced a new, thinner, faster Precision 15 3000. It doesn’t get the treatment the 5000-series does,but the company said it’s 12 percent lighter and 26 percent thinner, with a CPU that’s 20 percent faster.

Dell has actually changed its lineup nomenclature, with the 3000-series at the bottom, the 5000-series in the middle and the 7000-series at the top. It’s a nomenclature that’s worked well for Intel with its Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 and was originally borrowed from BMW.

The Precision 17 7000 will deliver beastly power 

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The new Dell Precision 17 7000 doesn’t have the lines of the new 5000 series but it packs a lot of firepower. Credit: Dell

The Dell Precision 17 7000 will offer quad-core Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs. It will also take advantage of Intel’s push to get Xeon CPUs into laptops, with no fewer than four Xeon models available (including two models with 16MB of cache). WIth the larger footprint and thicker body, the Precision 17 7000 will run up to four SO-DIMM slots for up to 64GB of ECC DDR4 RAM. Besides offering standard JEDEC-speed DDR4/2133 modules, the company will also offer laptops with overclocked DDR4/2667 modules too.

The graphics menu will offer Nvidia Quadro M3000M through Quadro M50000M GPUs, as well as AMD FirePro W7170M and W517M GPUs. Like the Precision 15 5000, you can choose between a 1920x1080 IPS-like panel with a 72-percent color gamut, or a 17.3-inch UHD 4K display with 100 percent Adobe color gamut support.

In storage you can have it all, including two M.2 PCIe NVME SSDs plus a 9.5mm hard drive for up to 2TB. That means a topped10 out Precision 17 7000 can pack as much as 4TB of combined storage.

 

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