Designed around performance and reliability, the 17.3″ Precision M7710 Mobile Workstation from Dell is powered by a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ Quad-Core processor that allows you to run multiple applications simultaneously. The system’s 32GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM, which may be upgraded to 64GB, allows the computer to quickly access frequently-used files and programs, as well as help to ensure efficient multitasking.
Small review of Dell precision 7710 mobile workstation
The Dell Precision M6800 predecessor’s case featured many good properties. Of course, we expect to see these in the successor, too. Apart from high stability, especially the good upgrade and maintenance options were convincing here. However, ill-fitting components and a significantly too small touchpad were not perfect. Moreover, the slightly unusual metallic brown of the case might not have met everybody’s taste.
The new case of the Precision 7710 appears slimmer and its gray aluminum combination might be appealing to the masses. Moreover, it features the same positive traits as its predecessor. The palm rests are stiff, the keyboard bed does not yield anywhere, and the hinges keep the display firmly in position. The base unit is very torsionally stiff and does not creak at all. Even the lid is very rigid overall and we could not find sharp edges. However, we found two spots where the finish is chipped off in our test model. Such flaws should not exist in retail-ready models; we put this down to the model being a test sample. Although the Dell Precision 7710 is not lightweight with a weight of 3580 g, it is in line with its category. Our Lenovo ThinkPad P70 test model weighed in at 3600 g and Schenker’s W706 weighed in at 3810 g.
As the front part of the underside is fixed without screws, you can quickly reach the battery and the 2.5-inch drive. However, you have to loosen two screws and remove the back part of the underside to get to the M.2 slots or two RAM slots. In general, Dell’s Owner’s Manual describes in detail how to get to each component. Thus, it is not a problem to reach the RAM slots beneath the keyboard or clean the fans.
Advantage of Dell precision 7710 mobile workstation
The touchpad features good gliding properties and reacts fast and precisely to inputs. The separate touchpad buttons work smoothly and very well. If needed, the functionality can be changed and / or combined with the trackpad’s buttons. The TrackPoint is not only a comfortable alternative to a touchpad when space is tight, it also allows precise control and ensures a good workflow after some time of getting used to it. In principle, the models from Lenovo, HP, and Dell can only be distinguished by shape and color of the rubber knob. Depending on your taste, it is also possible to pull it off and slip another one on.
Our test model comes with a combination of a fast Samsung M.2 NVMe SSD with a capacity of 256 GB and a conventional 1 TB hard drive, which works at a revolution speed of 7200 RPM. This makes for fast booting, fast opening of programs and files and high data transfer rates. We measured sequential read rates of up to 1886 MB/s. The write rate is significantly worse with a maximum of 626 MB/s, but in practice this is hardly a bottleneck.
On top of that, the big hard drive delivers a lot of space for documents, images, projects, and other files. In total, Dell’s Precision 7710 can house up to two M.2 drives and a 2.5-inch drive. Depending on the components, Dell also offers optional RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations. In contrast to Schenker’s W706 or even Lenovo’s ThinkPad P70, you have to do with one 2.5-inch drive less.
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Dell’s Precision 7710 can be very freely configured according to your individual needs. Currently, you can select from three different processors, five professional graphics chips, two displays, and many RAM options. If you choose Intel’s Xeon E3-1535Mv5, it is also possible to order ECC RAM.
This is especially useful if the RAM and processor are stressed and high error prevention is crucial. Incorrect data and calculations can also lead to crashes and affect the workflow considerably. Apart from servers, ECC RAM makes sense especially in workstations for e.g. construction, design, science and finance analysis.
Although our test model features the Xeon processor, it uses 16 GB of standard DDR4 RAM without ECC. Otherwise, the test model comes with AMD’s professional FirePro W7170M, a 256 GB NVMe SSD, a 1 TB hard drive and the already mentioned Full HD IPS display.
However, we are not completely satisfied with the connectivity, which could have been better in a completely revised 17-inch workstation. Older interfaces have been removed, but cutting-edge ports like USB 3.1 Gen.2, Thunderbolt 3.0 (only optionally available) or HDMI 2.0 are still missing. On top of that, you have to do without an optical drive or a second 2.5-inch drive slot. Moreover, it is not adequate for the test model that its graphics performance throttles heavily during the stress test and on battery. As mobile workstations are bought especially for computationally intensive use, this measure is actually contrary to the planned field of application.
Dell makes up for this with a low system noise at low load and an overall low heating. The battery runtimes are outstanding despite being equipped with the smaller 72 Wh battery and ensure use away from an outlet for an adequately long time.
|Processors||Intel Core Xeon E3-1575M v5 Quad Core Xeon 3.00GHz, 3.90GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W|
Intel Core Xeon E3-1545M v5 Quad Core Xeon 2.90GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W
Intel Core Xeon E3-1535M v5 Quad Core Xeon 2.90GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W Intel Core Xeon E3-1505M v5 Quad Core Xeon 2.80GHz, 3.70GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W Intel Core i7-6920HQ Quad Core 2.90GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W Intel Core i7-6820HQ Quad Core 2.70GHz, 3.60GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W Intel Core i5-6300HQ Quad Core 2.30GHz, 3.20GHz Turbo, 6MB 45W
|Operating Systems||Windows™ 7 Pro (64-bit)|
Windows™ 8.1 Pro (64-bit )
Windows™ 10 Home (64-bit)
Canonical Ubuntu 14.04 SP1
|Chipset||Intel Mobile CM236|
|Memory||4 DIMM slots: up to 64GB DDR4 NECC 2133MHz Up to 32GB DDR4 2667MHz SuperSpeed memory Up to 64GB ECC DDR4 2133MHz|
|Graphics||AMD FirePro W5170M w/2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory AMD FirePro W7170M w/4GB GDDR5 dedicated memory Nvidia Quadro M3000M w/4GB GDDR5 dedicated memory Nvidia Quadro M4000M w/4GB GDDR5 dedicated memory Nvidia Quadro M5000M w/8GB GDDR5 dedicated memory Intel® HD Graphics P580, P530, & 530|
|Display Options||17.3″ UltraSharp™ FHD IPS (1920×1080) Wide View Anti-Glare LED-backlit with Premium Panel Guarantee (72% color gamut) 17.3″ UltraSharp™ UHD IGZO (3840×2160) PremierColor Wide View Anti-Glare LED-backlit with Premium Panel Guarantee (100% Adobe color gamut)|
|Storage Options||Support for three storage devices: two M.2 PCIe solid state drives and one M.2 PCIe/2.5” SATA drive: Dell Fast Response Free Fall Sensor standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD): 2.5” 500GB, 1TB 7200RPM up to 2TB 2.5” 5400RPM SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSD): 256GB, 512GB, 512GB SED, 1TB 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive (M.2 SSD): 256GB, 512GB, 512GB SED, 1TB SSD|
|Communication Options||Wired: Integrated Intel 82580 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Wireless LAN & Bluetooth: Intel® 8260 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11 ac (Miracast) Bluetooth® 4.1, Dell DW1820 2×2 801.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1, Mobile Broadband & GPS: DW5811e (Gobi 4g/LTE – FMC)|
|Multimedia||Dual integrated high quality speakers and optional dual integrated noise cancelling digital array microphones MaxxAudio® Pro by Waves Optional integrated light sensitive HD video webcam|
|I/O Ports and Connectors||1 x SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, supporting up to 64GB); 1 x Thunderbolt® 3 (optional) 4 x USB3.0 with PowerShare; 1 x mDP; 1 x HDMI; 1 x Headphone and microphone combo jack; 1 x SmartCard Reader (optional)|
|Security||Intel® Platform Trust Technology, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2/2.0, Chassis lock slot support Support for optional Computrace and Optional SmartCard Reader, Contactless SmartCard Reader/Fingerprint Reader or FIPS Fingerprint Reader|
|Dimensions||Width: 16.42”/417.04mm x Depth: 11.08”/281.44mm x Height (front-Rear): Front 1.12”/28.5mm – Rear 1.36”/34.49mm|
|Battery||72Whr Lithium Ion polymer battery; 91Whr Lithium Ion polymer battery; 85Whr long life cycle Ion Polymer battery|
|Weight||Starting at 3.42kg (7.55lb) with SSD|
|Power Adaptor||240 Watt AC adapter (7mm barrel)|
|Regulatory and Environmental Compliance||ENERGY STAR 6.1; EPEAT registered|
|TAA Configurations available||YES|