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Dell Releases Monster Laptop

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Dell has released its new Precision M6400 mobile workstation featuring a 17-inch display, Intel quad-core processor and 16 GB of memory.

Dell’s powerful Precision M6400 was released on Wednesday, offering powerful workstation performance in a 17-inch notebook. The M6400 is more of a mobile workstation than a notebook really, especially considering the weight of the system, which starts at “just” 8.54-pounds. The first thing one might notice about the M6400 though is the display, which features 17-inches of LED back-lit 1920x1200 goodness, with edge to edge glass and full Adobe color gamut support. Such a beautiful display needs a powerful system to match of course and Dell made sure the M6400 is no slouch.

The M6400 is available in a configuration that features Intel’s Core 2 Quad QX9300 Extreme Edition processor, with a 2.53 GHz clock-speed, 12 MB L2 Cache and 1066 MHz FSB. The system can be configured with up to 16 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, although a 64-bit operating system is needed for that option. Two internal disk drive bays are available for up to 1 TB of storage configurable in RAID, although SSD drive options are also available. Lastly, no workstation would be complete without a discrete graphics solution ; the M6400 offers up to 1 GB of dedicated graphics memory by means of a Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M.

Other highlights of the M6400 include optional fingerprint reader, webcam with dual microphones, support for dual 30-inch monitors, built-in mobile broadband with GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11a/n, a slot-loaded DVD drive, UWB and a jog shuttle. The included AC adapter is rated for 210 W, hinting at the fact the included 9-cell 85 WHr battery will have its work cut out for it. The chassis of the M6400 is made of magnesium-alloy and the thickness of the M6400 ranges from 1.35-inches to 1.5-inches.

Pricing for the Dell Precision M6400 starts at $2,299, which comes configured with an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, 1 GB of DDR3 memory, an 80 GB HDD, a Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M with 512 MB and a 17-inch WXGA+ basic display. A full-fledged configuration starts at over $5,000.

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    mi1ez , 26 September 2008 03:49
    Wouldn't like to THAT burning a hole in my jeans! Looks like a beast though.
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    spuddyt , 26 September 2008 05:11
    well, I guess as a "portable" workstation it will function well.... I mean, its slightly lighter than a normal computer right?
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    excitedtechnologist , 29 September 2008 10:52
    I would like to know
    -what is the rated lifetime of the LED backlit displays?
    -What is the maximum area size that the LED can perform uniformly?
    -Can Thin-Film Electroluminescent displays be used instead?