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Dell Precision Laptop Gets Core i5, USB 3.0

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Dell is updating its Precision M6500 laptop systems with Intel's Core i5, USB 3.0, and a few other new options.

Dell is throwing new options into its Precision M6500 pro notebook, making it the first Dell PC to receive the new 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports. While the laptop already ships with Intel's quad-core i7 CPU for $2,750 (the "Value Package" starting price), the M6500 is also receiving an option for the newer dual-core i5, giving consumers a much wider choice and a lower pricetag.

Electronista points out that the laptop sports other new choices that will be available later this month. These include a 3.2-megapixel webcam and a 64 GB SSD mini card. As for the current list of options, consumers can sort through a variety of goodies such a 17-inch RGB LED display, a 160 GB 5400 rpm HDD, a 1 GB ATI FirePro M7740 GPU, up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, and more.

In addition to the $2,750 Value Package, Dell also offers the Precision M6500 Advanced Package starting at $2,869 (after an instant savings of $501), and the Precision M6500 Covet starting at a meatier $4,219. We're curious as to how Dell will price the rigs using the Core i5-- perhaps they'll be listed in the Precision M6500 "Economy" Package.

Correction: Max memory corrected to 16 GB of DDR3.

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    frozenlead , February 5, 2010 9:39 PM
    Looks like a cross between the HP business series, a Macbook, and a Clevo M57RU chassis.
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    endorphines , February 5, 2010 9:42 PM
    up to 2gb of ddr3! OMG!
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    freddysanchez , February 5, 2010 9:56 PM
    lmao ^^^^ =P
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    SneakySnake , February 5, 2010 9:58 PM
    up to 2 GB of DDR3 ??? pardon?
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    mmahoney , February 5, 2010 10:09 PM
    Wow. The 2GB DDR3 max is pretty lame, really. My netbook has a 3GB DDR3 max!
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    mr_tuel , February 5, 2010 10:17 PM
    yawn
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2010 10:24 PM
    From the Dell USA website "Up to 16GB of fast 1333MHz DDR3 memory for large data sets". I believe 2GB is the minimum.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2010 10:30 PM
    my friend has been telling me that usb 3.0 isn't standard... does anyone have any concrete proof that it will be a standard?
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    apache_lives , February 5, 2010 10:39 PM
    Already stock ASUS laptops with USB3 at my shop - old news.
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    Shadow703793 , February 5, 2010 10:46 PM
    a questionmy friend has been telling me that usb 3.0 isn't standard... does anyone have any concrete proof that it will be a standard?

    Why wouldn't it? Granted, it won't be mainstream at least by end of this year.
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    mianmian , February 5, 2010 10:53 PM
    Should be "up to 16 GB of DDR3", according to engadget.com
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    jlyu , February 5, 2010 11:38 PM
    lol...2gb yea right it says 16gb..unless they just edited it
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    jn77 , February 6, 2010 12:41 AM
    so I guess Dell is still over priced.... when will all this be standard in the XPS Series? USB 3.0? 16gb ram? and what happened to the blu ray burners? I am not paying double to purchase their "business line" ...
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    jlyu , February 6, 2010 12:44 AM
    lol..this has a firepro in it..meaning it most likely is a workstation..you know how expensive workstation cards are, and plus that with a i5? haha pretty expensive..and the m7740 is one i havnt seen before.id definiley buy..except if i could upgrade to an i7..and if i was limitless with money
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    jn77 , February 6, 2010 12:50 AM
    I really could care less for the FirePro... I am looking for a 5970 w/ 2gb ddr5 and 6 display ports to connect to my dell monitors for photo and video editing.

    And I do not want to haul my tower around in the van
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    jlyu , February 6, 2010 12:54 AM
    haha..im not sure if a 5970 has come out for mobile platforms..i guess your going to have to wait..
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    seraphimcaduto , February 6, 2010 1:08 AM
    $4000 eh? and they say apple is expensive.....dude im NOT getting a Dell.
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    jrharbort , February 6, 2010 1:52 AM
    And this... is why I love to shop ASUS. Great reliability, excellent warranties, and awesome prices.
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    jlyu , February 6, 2010 1:55 AM
    ASUS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    jn77 , February 6, 2010 2:46 AM
    jrharbortAnd this... is why I love to shop ASUS. Great reliability, excellent warranties, and awesome prices.


    The one thing I don't like about Asus Laptops, is I want to configure it to order, they don't have a web site setup as well as Dell for configuring the options you want. You are stuck with what they give you.
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