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Dell Precision M4600 Features, Details and Specs

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Dell has just announced an update to the Dell Precision M4600 notebook, a 15.6″ mobile workstation designed to deliver a desktop replacement experience that travels wherever you need to go.

Precision M4600 Mobile Workstation

The Precision M4600 is the entry level Dell mobile workstation, but there’s nothing entry level about the specs and features. The bigger version, with more advanced graphics options is the Dell Precision M6600.

Dell Precision M4600 Processors

The M4600 makes use of the new Sandy Bridge, 2nd Generation Intel Core i Family of processors. The processor options include Core i5 and Core i7 options, including up to a Quad-Core i7 Extreme processor option. There are also options vPro options to assist with IT management.

Dell Precision M4600 Memory

The Precision mobile workstations can handle up to 32GB of 1333MHz RAM and 16GB 1600MHz RAM. The systems will support 32GB 1600MHz RAM when the larger DIM sizes are available. The 1600MHz memory is something Dell calls out as unique to the Dell Mobile workstations and is available on all Quad-Core processor options.

Dell Precision M4600 Graphics Options

The new Precision M4600 mobile workstations include NVIDIA QUADRO and AMD FirePro graphics options. The AMD FirePro M5950 has 1GB DDR5 and supports 3 displays with the included ports and can be extended further with a dock. There are also two NVIDIA QUADRO processors, the 1000M and 2000M which have 2GB DDR3 dedicated memory. The NVIDIA options include NVIDIA Optimus to intelligently switch to the integrated Intel 3000 HD graphics.

Dell Precision M4600 Display Options

The M4600 has a collection of 15.6″ displays which fit various use cases and needs. Included in the options is a Premier Color IPS RGB panel with support of over a billion colors. There is also a multitouch option with four finger touch support and a stylus. The base resolution is 1366 x 768, but you can also get a 15.6″ display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

The RGB screen option includes the ability to customize color settings for different applications.

Dell Precision M4600 Storage Options

The M4600 has a collection of storage options including up to 750GB 7200RPM hard drive and an increase in the size of the mini SSD department from 64GB to 128GB. The Mini SSD can be combined with the traditional hard drive or with a second SSD. If you have the same capacity SSD the Precision M4600 will support RAID setups.

If you need to use different hard drives for different clients or projects, the primary hard drive can be removed with a level action. If you keep your OS on the mini SSD, you can leave sensitive data at a client site or secured in a hard drive easily, without losing the ability to use your notebook.

Dell Precision M4600 Design

Dell Precision M4600 Mobile Workstation

The new M4600 has a new unique to the Precision line chassis which Mano Gialusis, Senior Product Manager of Dell Precision Mobile Workstations tells us is “unique from the ground up,” allowing for no compromises on the chassis in regards to thermals, CPUs and expandability that isn’t possible when you need to accommodate other notebook lines.

On the outside, the Precision M4600 has an anodized aluminum case and allows users easy access to the internals with a two screw base plate.

Dell Precision M4600 Features

The Precision line is designed to deliver a mobile notebook that doesn’t mean users need to give up any performance or rely on uploading data to a remote system. With the system options available Dell is aiming to deliver notebooks that can be used to work in Media or CAD and with Seismic Data to name a few.

For users that need to ensure that applications work with the Precision notebooks, the M4600 is ISV certified to work with numerous third-party apps.

The Precision mobile workstations are also compatible with the Dell Latitude E Family of docks.

Dell Precision M4600 Security

On the security side there is a fingerprint reader, TPM, Control Vault and there is the ability for a FIPS certified encrypted hard drive.

Dell Precision M4600 Durability

The Precision M4600 is durable as well as secure. The M4600 isn’t to the Dell XFR level, but it is MILSPEC 810G level.

Dell Precision M4600 Pricing and Availability

The Dell Precision M4600 will start at $1,678 and will be available on May 10th.

Dell Precision M4600 Specifications

Dell Precision M4600 Technical Specifications
Processors 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors, up to Core i7 Extreme Edition, with Intel vPro™ advanced
management; smart security and manageability on every chip.
Operating Systems • Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate (32-Bit or 64-Bit)
• Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (32-Bit or 64-Bit)
• Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate (32-Bit or 64-bit)
• Genuine Windows Vista® Business (32-Bit or 64-bit)
• Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® version 6 (select regions)
• Ubuntu Linux (select regions)
Chipset Mobile Intel® QM67 Express
Memory3 4 DIMM slots: up to 32GB 1333MHz; Or up to 16GB 1600MHz memory
Graphics2 • AMD FirePro M5950 Mobility Pro with 1GB GDDR5 dedicated memory
• NVIDIA Quadro 1000M with 2GB GDDR3 dedicated memory
• NVIDIA Quadro 2000M with 2GB GDDR3 dedicated memory
Display Options • 15.6″ HD(1366×768): anti-glare, LED-backlit
• 15.6″ HD(1366×768): multi-touch (supports stylus / four finger simultaneous touch), LED-backlit
• 15.6″ FHD(1920×1080): UltraSharp™, wide view, anti-glare, LED-backlit, Premium Panel Guarantee5
• 15.6″ FHD(1920×1080): UltraSharp™ with PremierColor technology, IPS, wide view, anti-glare, LED-backlit,
Premium Panel Guarantee5
Storage Options6 Dell Fast Response Free Fall Sensor standard; Support for one 2.5″ SATA drive:
• 7200rpm hard drive from 250GB up to 750GB; 7200rpm 320GB FIPS Certified Self Encrypting Drive
• Solid state drive (SSD) from 128GB to 256GB; 512GB coming soon
Optional 128GB Solid State Mini-Card secondary storage device
Optional RAID 0 or RAID 1 (when configured with 2.5″ drive and solid state Mini-Card)
Communication Options Wired: Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless LAN and WiMax:
• Intel Centrino® Advanced -N + WiMAX 6250
• Intel Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 3×3
• Dell Wireless 1501 (802.11 b/g/n 1×1)
Mobile Broadband & GPS:
• Dell Wireless™ DW5630 Multi-mode HSPA-EVDO Mini Card (Gobi™ 3000) with A-GPS
• Dell Wireless™ DW5550 Single-mode HSPA Mini Card with A-GPS
Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth® 3.0
Multimedia • Dual integrated high quality speakers and dual integrated noise cancelling digital array microphones
• Optional, integrated, light sensitive HD video webcam with Dell Webcam Central software
Optical Storage Options DVD-ROM; Slot load DVD+/-RW; Blu-ray Disc™ writer
Standard I/O Ports Left Rear Right
1 – Lock Slot 1 – VGA 2 – USB 3.0
2 – USB 2.0 1 – RJ-45 1 – DisplayPort
1 – IEEE 1394 1 – eSATA / USB 2.0 1 – Wireless switch
1 – Microphone 1 – HDMI
1 – Headphone
1 – 10-in-1 media card reader
1 – SmartCard reader
1 – 54mm ExpressCard slot
Chassis Materials: aluminum and magnesium alloy
Dimensions (HxWxD): 1.29″-1.44″ x 14.80″ x 10.08″; 32.7mm-36.8mm x 376mm x 256mm
Weight7: starts at 6.15lbs; 2.79kg
Power: 180W AC adapter
Slots: 1 full and 2 half Mini-Card slots
Battery Options 6-cell (60Wh) with ExpressCharge™; 9-cell (97Wh); 9-cell (87Wh) 3 Year Limited Hardware8 Warranty battery
Input • Anti-microbial keyboard with number pad: standard or optional backlit
• Multi-touch touchpad with three buttons; track stick with three buttons
• Four finger multi-touch and stylus display option
Docking Options Port Replicators: E-Port Plus port replicator; Simple E-Port port replicator; E-Legacy Extender legacy port replicator
Stands: E-View Laptop Stand; E-Series Basic Monitor Stand; E-Series Flat Panel Monitor Stand
Security Lock slot; Trusted Platform Module 1.2 (TPM 1.2); Setup/BIOS Password; I/O Interface Security; Intel Anti-Theft
Protection option (iATP); Optional Contactless SmartCard reader; standard or FIPS certified fingerprint reader; Dell
ControlVault; FIPS certified hardware-based full disk encryption
Environmental Environmental standards (eco-labels) include: ENERGY STAR® 5.0, EPEAT Gold; China – RoHS, CECP, CEC; EU -
and Regulatory RoHS, WEEE; Germany – GS Mark; South Korea – RoHS, Eco-label; Japan – RoHS, Energy Law, Green PC
Other environmental options: Dell Energy Smart settings (select configurations); Dell Asset Recovery Service

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

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