Dell’s new Skylake Precision laptops get smaller, thinner and faster – PCWorld

Dell’s new Precision 15 5000 corporate laptop takes an important cue from its cousin, the XPS 13. Arguably the best consumer laptop of the year, the XPS 13 crammed a 13-inch screen into a laptop no bigger than ones that packed 11-inch panels. 

Dell does the same trick with its new Precision 15 5000, shoehorning a 15-inch panel into a surprisingly svelte laptop. At first glance, you’d think it was an XPS 13, just scaled up a bit.

The Precision 15 5000 features an “infinity display” that lets Dell shrink the size of the laptop up to 17 percent over its direct predecessor with the same-size panel. Two panels are available: Both are wide-viewing-angle models, which is code language for IPS-like (Sharp doesn’t like it when you call anything other than its own panels IPS, even if the technology is the same.) The lower-resolution screen is a 1920×1080 panel with a 72-percent color gamut. The higher end of the spectrum nets you a UHD 4K panel (3840×2140) with 100-percent Adobe color gamut and 10-point touch.

Why this matters: Dell’s proven its laptop mettle, and it’s clearly sharing its best ideas across product lines. I believe this is as close as we’ll get to a preview of the upcoming XPS 15, which is also expected to get the infinity bezel treatment. 

Skylake and Xeon CPU options

Despite being fairly thin, the new laptop will support 45-watt Intel CPUs including the Core i7-6820HQ, the Core i5-6300HQ or the Xeon E3-1505M v5, plus another unnamed Xeon model. All of the CPUs will be based on Intel’s latest Skylake family. They’ll bring DDR4 memory to the table, as well as Thunderbolt 3 through a USB-C port. The Xeon offerings will support ECC DDR4, for those who are simply anal about their memory errors.

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The new Precision 15 5000 on the right next an older Precision M3800 also with a 15.6-inch screen. Note the lack of a bezel on the new model.

For graphics, the laptop will feature either a Quadro M1000M or Intel Pro Graphics 530 and P530 graphics.

Storage also is fairly beefy, with full support for NVMe m.2 SSDs up to 1TB in size, as well as a second 7mm, 2.5-inch hard drive up to 1TB in size. For those who opt for just the M.2 drive, the 2.5-inch battery bay can be put to work with additional batteries, which will increase the “gas tank” capacity from 56Whr to 84Whr.

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The Precision 15 5000 uses a Microsoft Precision Trackpad.

Also new is the inclusion of a Microsoft Precision Trackpad that should offer, more, well precision. In a move I welcome: a larger keyboard over the XPS 13.

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