Dell upgrades Precision M6500 'beast' with USB 3.0, Core i5

Dell upgrades Precision M6500 'beast' with USB 3.0, Core i5

Summary: In addition to revealing its slim little Latitude 13 laptop, Dell also upgraded its Precision M6500 workstation -- or what it calls "the beast" -- with USB 3.0 and an Intel Core i5 option.

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In addition to revealing its slim little Latitude 13 laptop, Dell also upgraded its Precision M6500 workstation -- or what it calls "the beast" -- with USB 3.0 and an Intel Core i5 option.

It's only been three months since Dell first announced the 17-inch business-minded system, but the Dell folks told me that they wanted to incorporate new hardware as soon as possible into the 1.35-inch barnburning rig.

The business blazing comes courtesy of an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, choice of ATI FirePro M7740 or NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics, support for up to three storage devices (encrypted, free-fall sensor, SSD, optional RAID) and a 1920 by 1200 LED-backlit display, along with the aforementioned USB 3.0 and Core i5 option.

Otherwise, we're talking a smart card reader, optional fingerprint reader, TPM 1.2, Wave Embassy Trust Suite, 802.11a/g/n, optional dual-array microphones, optical drive (DVD-ROM, RW or Blu-ray) and an 8.5-lb. weight that will pull your arms right out of their sockets. (See the full specs here.)

The starting configuration will cost you $2,749, with a full-blown rig with edge-to-edge glass costing $4,219 -- but you'll be expensing this killer, right?

Topics: Dell, Hardware

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  • Pretty Nice

    My Work Dell laptop just turned 3 years old in January...maybe it is time to hit up the boss for a new one. ;)
    bobiroc
    • Get a desktop

      This thing must weigh a ton and you can get much better performance for the same price.
      jorjitop
  • RE: Dell upgrades Precision M6500 'beast' with USB 3.0, Core i5

    Okay so when does all this i5/i7 goodness filter down to the Latitude and the rest of the Precision line?

    I've been waiting for the announcements for the new Latitude E6510 and/or the Precision M4500 to come out since CES.

    We already know they're on the horizon.

    Will they have USB 3.0 too?

    And what's the biggest i7 they will run?

    Now THAT would be news!
    mikg@...
  • RE: Dell upgrades Precision M6500 'beast' with USB 3.0, Core i5

    I ordered an M6500 Covet on December 17, 2009. It was supposed to arrive 1/4/2010. They cancelled the order once because of incompability. Currently the estimated arrival date is 2/16/2010, but they have been pushing it back a week at a time for a month now. They say it is failing in testing. It might be a beast, but I'm not sure they can tame it and ship it.
    jamesglewisf