Dell Precision 7710 laptop Review


Introducing the Dell Precision 7710 laptop, which is undoubtedly one of the best in graphics and film editing.

As you know, the Dell DELL brand installs a variety of laptops for enthusiasts in various fields, and this has led to the brand leading the way in the production of laptops in the world, what is famous about this American brand is its power and quality.

In the whole family, Precision is mostly used for graphics and video editing and using Adobe software, especially Premiere.

Premiere and After Effects, which are for special effects and effects and film editing, and need a strong configuration to do so.

The strengths of this laptop include a powerful processor, RAM, and graphics, which we will talk more about the specifications of this laptop below.

The Dell Precision 7710 laptop has a powerful configuration that we will examine together.

The processor of this laptop is from Intel XEON series (professional) with the power to execute commands at 2.80 GHz / s and this speed can continue up to 3.70 GHz (GHz), the cache of this device is 8 MB, which is embedded in The whole makes the CPU and processor fit and powerful.

The RAM of this laptop is 64GB-DDR-4, A (64 GB of RAM), which alone shows the power of this laptop. 2TB H.D.D + 256GB SSD hard drive and graphics: NVIDIA QUADRO M5000M 8GB, 17.3 inch UHD screen, suitable for graphics and video viewing and editing.

Dell precision 7710 review and specs


The Dell Precision 7710 offers a choice of 6th generation processors. The base model has a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. The Skylake chip has 14nm lithography, 8MB cache, 45W thermal thermal power (TDP), a maximum turbocharged speed of 3.8GHz and adds $ 529 to its price.

Although this CPU includes the Intel HD Graphics P530, Dell also offers five different graphics cards.

The AMD FirePro W5170M is included in the base configuration, but our Precision 7710 comes with a superior NVIDIA Quadro M5000M series with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.

This GPU provides 100 watts (GPU), 1536 CUDA cores (single device architecture calculation), 256-bit interface, and 160 Gbps bandwidth.

There are also many memory options. The basic configuration with 8 GB of non-ECC memory is installed as DDR4-2133MHz DIMM (two-line memory module).

Storage options are also plentiful. In addition to 500 GB 2.5 inches. The 7200 rpm SATA drive offered in the base model, the Precision 7710, can accommodate one PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) or up to three PCIe SSDs instead of 2.5-inch HD.

Standard hard drives up to 2TB as well as various SSDs from 256GB to 1TB are available. Our configuration was just Samsung’s standard 500GB drive.

With multiple drives, the system supports RAID 0, 1, and 5. Increasingly common, there is no optical drive. You have to prepare yourself.

The Precision 7710 has a good selection of ports on the outside. To the right are a smart card slot, a combined headphone/microphone jack, three USB 3.0 ports with PowerShare, and a Kensington lock slot.

To the left are an HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort, and another USB 3.0 PowerShare port. The rear panel uses only one RJ45 mains port, an external power supply connection, and two large air vents.

Dell is easy to access – just slide a lock to remove the battery cover.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are a standard dual-band but can be removed. Mobile bandwidth is available as an option. Although the base configuration comes with a 72-watt six-cell lithium-ion battery with ExpressCharge, the Dell battery includes a longer 91-watt-hour battery.

The company also sells 91-watt lithium-polymer batteries

Battery replacement and 2.5 inches. Hard disks simply slide a lock to remove the battery cover.

Access to other components requires the removal of two screws to release the base cover. The dell Precision 7710 ran 5.5 hours thanks to a larger battery – very impressive for a mobile workstation.

Display


Dell offers Full HD IPS display and an IGZO UHD panel (3840×2160 pixels) as an option in online settings. Your choice depends not only on your personal preferences, but also on the operating system used and the context.

For example, high-resolution displays, depending on the application, still suffer from significant scaling problems under Windows 7.

You can still see very small pens, badly displayed symbols, or overlapping windows.

In addition, the IGZO displays are very high consumption, which has a significant effect on the available battery time.

If battery life is important to you, a Full HD display may be a better option.

Performance


Dell’s Precision 7710 is very freely configured according to your personal needs. Now, you can choose from three different processors, five professional graphics chips, two displays and many RAM options.

If you choose the Intel Xeon E3-1535Mv5, it is also possible to order RAM.

This is especially important when pressing RAM and the processor. Incorrect data and calculations can also lead to breakdowns and significantly affect the workflow.

Apart from servers, ECC RAM is especially logical in workstations, for example. Construction, design, science, and financial analysis.

Although it is a Xeon processor, it uses 16 GB of standard DDR4 RAM without ECC. Otherwise, the test model comes with AMD Professional FirePro W7170M, 256GB NVMe SSD, 1TB hard drive, and Full HD IPS display mentioned earlier

Input devices


Keyboard

The Precision 7710 keyboard has large keys in a 19 mm grid and a separate number block. As a result, the touch screen should move to the left as usual, which may not be suitable for all users. Instead, shredders will be happy with the easy way to enter numbers.

Key tags are rich in contrast, and our test model has a US / International QWERTY design. In Germany, the usual QWERTZ design is already selected. The keyboard light has two levels and makes it easy to work in low light. Shortcuts are highlighted by combining FN with a light blue pen.

Due to the medium key travel, good pressure, and relatively quiet sound, the keyboard is very good and should also satisfy most busy writers.

Touch screen

The touch screen has good glide features and responds quickly and accurately to inputs.

The separate touchpad buttons work easily and very well. If needed, the ability to change and/or combine with the buttons on the laptop screen. TrackPoint is not only a convenient replacement for a touch screen when space is low, but also provides precise control and ensures a good workflow after a period of habituation. In principle, Lenovo, HP, and Dell models can only be identified by the shape and color of the rubber button.

Connectivity

While the Dell Precision 7710 connector covers the most important applications, it is still better for a 17-inch workstation.

While older models such as ExpressCard, VGA, eSATA, or Firewire slots have not been offered by newer models for some time, you are working without an optical drive.

On the other hand, Dell does not have a Thunderbolt 3.0 port or USB 3.1 Gen by default. 2 Used in Precision 7710 models. At a minimum, Thunderbolt 3.0 is optionally customizable from this month (January 2016), which gives the device a much better future.

Otherwise, there’s an HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It looks like HDMI 1.4 because our Viewsonic VP2780-4k cannot move through HDMI 2.0 in the original image resolution (3840×2160 pixels) at 60 Hz. However, the screen works flawlessly when connected via DisplayPort.

The interface design is generally quite comfortable. The USB ports on the right are not too close together, the card reader is easily accessible, and the Ethernet port on the back is suitable for fixed use.

Some users may also want display ports or at least a USB port on the back to disassemble accessories without the need for a docking station. On the other hand, those who connect their laptops to different monitors may be comfortable that the display ports on the left are easily accessible.

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Pros


Excellent Linux support

The hardware is Ubuntu certified. This ensures that it will work well without the need for extensive planning. Ubuntu can even be selected as a pre-installed operating system.

Great for graphics work

Workstations are mainly used to run certain types of programs efficiently, such as 3D Max or AutoCAD.

The big difference between a workstation and a consumer laptop is the graphics card. They are optimized for stability rather than performance, so they are less likely to fail in busy conditions.

The higher-end hardware of the Precision 7710 achieves a maximum score of 96 frames per second in 3D frames using the SPECviewperf 12 benchmark program, proving that it is a mid-range and high-end workstation laptop.

Good battery with Full HD screen

When using the FHD screen, it can be idle for more than 13 hours and work with light consumption for approximately 7 hours. Selecting an Ultra HD display will naturally result in shorter battery life.

Both display options are good

There are two options for the 17-inch screen. Both of them can provide a clear image with the available color spectrum.

They take up almost 100% of the sRGB color space. And both have a wide viewing angle.

One is the Ultra HD screen with a brightness of over 400 nits. This display can be easily used outdoors in daylight, but not as much as direct sunlight.

Another is the Full HD screen. The average screen brightness is 300 nits, but with its distribution, it is quite uneven. The corners have less light.

Sufficient performance for modern games

Hardware can be very powerful, so naturally, laptops can also be used to play games. It depends on the configuration, but advanced hardware can run such highly detailed games as The Witcher 3 at 60 frames per second. But be aware that the screen has a larger than normal response time that can create a ghost. This is when the pixels cannot move between colors fast enough, resulting in a slightly delayed image.

Silent

It makes no noise when using light and keeps itself relatively quiet even when working hard.

Sturdy construction

For such a piece of equipment is expected to be a sturdy and sturdy bag that can withstand the test of time.

Cons


Expensive

Workstations are naturally more expensive than regular laptops, but the hardware capability and price ratio are simply not good.

You need to evaluate whether the price of the product you are buying is worth it.

Big and heavy

As expected from a powerful workstation, it is relatively large and heavy. Its dimensions are 41.7 28 28.1 3.5 3.5 cm, which is quite bulky and thick.

It weighs 3.6 kg. For comparison, most laptops weigh about 2 to 2.5 kg

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Specs

Processor

  • Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5 4 x 2.9 – 3.8 GHz, Skylake

Graphics adapter

  • AMD FirePro W7170M – 4096 MB,
  • Core: 720 MHz,
  • Memory: 1250 MHz, 15.201.1101.1003 WHQL Win7/ 64,
  • AMD Switchable Graphics it Intel P530

Memory

  • 16384 MB  
  • 2x 8192 MB DDR4-2133 Hynix, 2 slots free, no ECC

Display

  • 17.30 inch 16:9,
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel,
  • SDC8151,
  • VHN17_173HL,
  • IPS LED, 97 % sRGB,
  • glossy: no

Mainboard

  • Intel Skylake-H

Storage

  • Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e,
  • 256 GB,
  • in addition a HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630,
  • 1 TB,
  • 7200 RPM

Conclusion


The Dell Precision 7710 is not a bad workstation, but it is not a distraction after that. Competition is fierce even at this end of the market with existing challenges (Lenovo and HP) and new ones (MSI).

The Precision 7710 feels like a compromise solution that does not deliver goods perfectly. Sure, it’s very powerful, has good battery life, and has great out-of-the-box sales.

There are a handful of workstations (Lenovo ThinkPad P50, HP ZBook Studio G3) that can offer 64GB of RAM, Xeon CPU, and GPU workstation class.

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