updated 09:10 am EST, Tue March 9, 2010
Dell M4500 packs M6500 speed in smaller body
Dell continued its pro notebook updates this morning by launching a new mid-range Precision model. The M4500 replaces the M4400 and, despite a much more common 15.6-inch display, has many of the performance features of the 17-inch M6500. It can run up to a quad-core 2GHz Core i7 for a processor and supports the larger system's 64GB SSD mini-card, a $220 option that gives the M4500 a fast OS drive without sacrificing room for a regular hard disk.
The system also has options for dual-core i7 and i5 processors as well as up to 1,333MHz DDR3 memory and dedicated NVIDIA workstation graphics, albeit less ambitious than for the M6500 with either a Quadro FX 1800M or 880M. Extras bring a color-accurate display that can show 100 percent of the sRGB space as well as a 3-megapixel camera and a Gobi multi-network 3G modem. A fingerprint reader is common.
Dell has handed out fewer details than it did for its Vostro updates today and says only that the new Precision should be available to order within the next few weeks.