updated 08:10 am EDT, Wed September 24, 2008
Dell Precision M6400
Dell on Wednesday acted on its early tease and launched the Precision M6400, the company's new flagship notebook for professionals. The 17-inch notebook is Dell's fastest ever by using both the Centrino 2 platform and the size to its advantage: the system is Dell's first to use Intel's quad-core 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme processor and carries four DDR3 memory slots that can each support 4GB of memory, pushing the system up to a desktop-like 16GB in the most extreme configurations.
The M6400 likewise matches some of Dell's other technology claims and optionally carries an edge-to-edge, LED-backlit 1920x1200 display which covers 100 percent of the Adobe color space; to match, Dell gives the notebook a top-end Quadro FX 3700M with a full 1GB of video memory. Dual hard drive bays give the notebook up to 1TB of storage either in separate partitions or a RAID array.
A base system starts at $2,599 with a somewhat modest configuration that includes a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, a read-only DVD drive and a 512MB Quadro FX 2700M for video. Dell itself doesn't allow configuring the notebook with 16GB of memory but charges $3,499 for a quad-core base configuration and provides options for DVD burners, solid-state drives and 3G cellular data from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Orders start today and deliver Precisions by late October.