It is advertised by Dell as the world’s most powerful 15.6-inch laptop, and after one detailed look at it, not many would differ in their opinion. Featuring support for such powerful processors such as the Intel i7, the Precision M4500 aims for the top, and let’s see what it actually has to offer. Tested and reviewed here is the Dell Precision M4500 featuring the following specifications: Intel Core-i7 620M, clocking in at 2.67 GHz, Nvidia Quadro FX 1800M graphics with 1 GB of dedicated memory, and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. Additional features are introduced later on.
The Precision M4500, at first look, appears as if it has dropped in from another generation. With old fashioned industrial looks, the M4500 is a very durable workhorse, enclosing loads of hardware and awesome computing power in its heavy, 3.2-kilo frame. The first thing that is visible to the eye is a fingerprint scanner, right next to the keyboard. The keyboard, by the way, is backlit. The fingerprint scanner, which is optional, can be used to disable hardware as well, adding the highest levels of security to the business user. The M4500 was also designed keeping the business user in mind, and just by removing five screws, you can have access to the RAM, hard drive, SSD MiniCard, and wireless cards that are available inside. The other parts, however, are not user-serviceable and are not accessible. Well, not intentionally, at least.
The backlit keyboard (again, an option), is an absolute beauty, with evenly-spaced keys, and with no jitteriness or any kind of sound at all. The excellent keyboard is complemented by an equally good mouse, with just the perfect amount of lag during rapid movements. It uses proprietary Dell touchpad drivers and is just as good as the keyboard. Coming to music, the M4500 includes a pair of 1-inch speakers that are placed on either side of the keyboard, and direct music towards the user, and are of very good quality, with decent bass capability. Watching movies and playing games won’t be any problem. The other physical functionalities include both a PC Card and an Express Card slot that can be used for expansion and attaching external peripherals, plus 4 USB ports. Storage is provided with a 500 GB hard disk, and the DVD writer is a Blu-ray disc drive, thus ensuring easy playback and recording of high definition content.
The operating system is the 64-bt version of Windows 7 Ultimate, with option for Windows XP Professional downgrade, intended solely for business users who prefer XP. Webcam and microphone are integrated, and so is Bluetooth. Networking is convenient thanks to speedy Gigabit Ethernet, 02.11 Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), 802.11i (WPA2), Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 802.1x with EAP modes and all of these are compatible with CCX 4.0. It looks like every kind of connectivity is supported.
The Dell Precision M4500 can be a mean machine when handled the correct way, and with availability for the optional Intel Core i7-920XM Quad Core processor Extreme Edition, it leaves little doubt regarding its “world’s most powerful 15.6-inch laptop” status. There is also an option for a 3 MP camera! All said, this is one laptop that is worth every pence, and definitely the wisest choice for a user who is looking for awesome features, amazing capability and performance all combined in one.
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