Dell Precision 5550 laptop review


The Dell Precision 5550 laptop is Dell’s latest addition to the premium line of mobile workstations. The 5550 (which is a 15-inch 5000 series model) is powered by 10-core Intel Core or Xeon vPro processors, has a 4K display and professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics.

The Dell Mobile Workstation is for businesses or professionals who need a portable and functional solution as well as manageability and security. Ideal for people who use high-end software such as CAD and Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

Dell Precision 5550 Review


Like all precision models, the 5550 can be customized with both basic and high-end components, allowing it to fit a wide range of budgets. Although not the most powerful workstation, the 5550 can still be equipped to meet most needs.

For example, users can use an Intel Xeon W-10855M (6 cores, 12 MB internal memory, 2.80 GHz to 5.10 GHz), NVIDIA Quadro T2000, or T1000 GPU, up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz ECC memory, and 2 2TB memory Use M.2. NVMe PCIe SSD for fast storage

Most high-end structures of this type cost more than $ 4K, but those with a lower budget can greatly reduce the price if they sacrifice performance.

Low-end components include the Intel Core Processor i5-10400H, Intel UHD 630 graphics processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and small memory / SSD class. Budget-friendly construction may reach $ 1,600. Users can also choose between Windows Home edition or Pro version as well as UltraSharp FHD + 1920 × 1200 or UHD + HDR400 3840 2400 touch screens.

Those traveling will find the Dell’s ExpressCharge feature very useful. The technology uses artificial intelligence to increase battery performance by adapting to power consumption and users’ charging patterns. With ExpressCharge Boost, Dell claims that you will receive 35% extra charge in approximately 20 minutes, while one hour automatically charges 80%.

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People who do not have time to charge can still see the improvements, as these settings are automatically adjusted to increase battery life, including dimming the screens and turning off Bluetooth if not in use.

One of the biggest highlights of the 5550 is the heat management technology, as Dell seems to be very excited about its capabilities. Its advanced thermal designs include dual fans and dual heat pipes to hot air with a hidden exhaust hinge that helps keep the mobile workstation cool and quiet during heavy workloads.

Dell Precision 5550 Design and construction


At less than half an inch thick for the base, and just over 13 inches wide, the Precision 5550 is a very thin mobile workstation, as Dell shows a size reduction of 6% over the previous generation. It’s also quite light for a mid-range, performance-based mobile workstation, starting at just over 4 pounds.

The components will not be too heavy when adding other components, so it is definitely a great option for moving professionals.

The build quality is what you usually expect from a Precision line, with a glossy aluminum, “gray titanium” design. It’s not a big workstation at all, but it still has a pretty strong chassis.

The surface around the keyboard and touch screen is smooth but with a textured appearance.

The touchpad is larger than most workstations we’ve seen. Although some people may enjoy the extra space, those who are accustomed to desktop keyboards find it a bit awkward, as you have to use the top of the touch screen to type.

As far as the display goes, Dell has put a significant focus on the comfortable viewing experience with the 5550. It has a 92% body display for a modern look and easy viewing.

You can also use TUV-licensed blue light panels to help reduce eye strain.

In addition, we found that the screen resolution is higher than most, its vertical height is x2400 versus the x2160 resolution used by most 4K screens.

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All connections are located on the side of the Precision workstation. To the left are a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, an SD card slot, and a universal audio port. To the right are the locking slot and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 ports.

All 55 USB ports can be used to power the 5550, which makes it very useful for wire management when you want to set up your workplace.

Dell Precision 5550 Display


This is not OLED, but the Precision 5550 has a 4K HDR display. While our ultra-portable equipment typically tests excellent color coverage of sports in the sRGB color space, workstation laptops, especially high-end models, should aim farther away. Photographers working with print and film editors need more color gamut to accurately edit their media.

The Precision 5550’s clear display not only achieved 100% sRGB coverage, but also 100% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 coverage. This means that even professional media editors need to make it lively enough to edit their content.

Brightness Peak 433 The screen easily overcomes the reflection of overhead lights. Dell has put an anti-reflective coating on the glass, but still shows a little dazzling light.

This screen is also compatible with Dell pens for those who need precise touch. But since the page does not bend backward, it is limited to making minor adjustments and signing digital documents.

Keyboard and touchpad


The Precision 5550, a 15.6-inch laptop, has plenty of room for a comfortable keyboard and wide touch screen. Seriously, the trackpad is bigger than my Pixel 4XL.

Its size makes sense because editors and designers sometimes have to edit with very little mouse sensitivity. A large touchpad can reduce the number of times your fingers are lifted. These are the small details that matter.

There is nothing to complain about when it comes to accuracy. Whether at the edge or in the center, my mouse pointer never twists and always stays on target. Its left and right-click buttons are touch and silent.

The keyboard has its ups and downs. On the one hand, it is responsive and has a very key journey. On the other hand, the plastic keyboard feels weak and thin. But with the full ANSI design, soft backlight, and no key shake, this marginal shortcoming can be ignored.

Battery life


The Precision 5550 managed 9 hours in the UL PCMark 10 battery test, a respectable score for a workstation laptop. Although the PCMark 10 battery test provides a combination of web browsing, general productivity, and editing loads, it does not simulate the personal workload that limits the laptop to the day. For those in this group, keeping it electrified is a safe bet.

Pros

  • Stunning 4K HDR display, wide color coverage and brightness.
  • Powerful hardware that will not become brittle under heavy loads.
  • Relatively quiet even under stress.
  • Solid battery life for a workstation.
  • Compact for a 15-inch laptop and easy on the eyes.
  • Long front speakers

Cons

  • When the laptop is not large, the keyboard area becomes hot.
  • Superior performance and superior design have a reasonable price tag.
  • Webcams can be better.

Dell Precision 5550 laptop Specifications

Processor10th Generation Intel Processors
Operating SystemMicrosoft® Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Microsoft® Windows 10 Pro for Workstations 64 bit Microsoft® Windows 10 Home 64 bit Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64-bit RedHat 8.3
ChipsetIntel Mobile WM490
Memory8 GB, 1×8 GB, DDR4, 2933 MHz, Non-ECC SDRAM 16 GB, 2×8 GB, DDR4
GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics P630 (on Xeon Only) Intel® UHD Graphics 630 NVIDIA Quadro® T1000 w/4GB GDDR6 NVIDIA Quadro® T2000 w/4GB GDDR6
Display OptionsGorilla Glass, 15.6-inch, FHD+ 1920 x 1200 InfinityEdge, 60 Hz, anti-glare, low blue light, non-touch, 500 nits, sRGB 100% min, wide-viewing angle Gorilla Glass, 15.6-inch UHD+, 3840 x 2400 InfinityEdge , 60 Hz, anti-reflective, low blue light, touch, 500 nits, 100% AdobeRGB, wide-viewing angle
Storage OptionsSupport for two M.2 storage devices with RAID
Communication OptionsIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2×2 (Gig+) + Bluetooth 5.1 Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2×2 (Gig+) (No Bluetooth)
MultimediaDual integrated high-quality speakers and dual integrated noise-canceling digital array microphones standard MaxxAudio® Pro by Waves Integrated light-sensitive IR video webcam
I/O Ports and ConnectorsThunderbolt 3 type C Thunderbolt 3 type C (Power Delivery) USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Display port Universal Audio port SD Card reader FingerPrint reader on the power button
SecurityIntel® vPro™ Technology (iAMT 12) (optional
DimensionsWidth X = 13.56” (344.4mm) Depth Y = 9.07” (230.3mm) Height Z = front 0.30” (7.7mm) – rear 0.46” (11.6mm)
Chassis colorAluminum – Titan Gray
Battery3 Cell, 56 Whr Lithium-Ion Polymer, ExpressCharge™ Capable Battery 6 Cell, 86 Whr Lithium-Ion Polymer, ExpressCharge™ Capable Battery
Weight1.84kg (4.06lb) with FHD non-touch panel and SSD
Power Adaptor90 W AC adapter, USB Type-C 130 W AC adapter, USB Type-C
Regulatory and Environmental ComplianceRegulatory Model: TBA Regulatory Type: TBA ENERGY STAR  EPEAT Registered.
TAA Configurations availableYes
Dell Precision 5550 laptop Specifications

Result


The Dell Precision 5550 strikes a good balance between portability and great performance. With a powerful processor and Nvidia Quadro T2000, it offers a lightweight laptop for easy transport to professionals.

Starting at $ 1,999, laptops are not cheap, and our review model with Intel Core i7-10850H internal storage and 1TB is not available on the Dell website. But at Dell’s U.S. , A configuration costs US $ 3,969, or approximately US $ 5,070.

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