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Dell Small Business also has Dell Precision 7530 Mobile Workstation on sale for $989. Shipping is free.

Specs:
  • Intel Core i7-8850H Processor
  • 15.6" UltraSharp FHD 1920x1080 Display
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD
  • 16GB 2X8G DDR4 2666MHz Non-ECC Memory
  • Radeon Pro WX 4150 w/ 4GB GDDR5 Video Card
  • Qualcomm QCA61x4A 802.11ac Dual Band, 2x2, Wireless Adapter + Bluetooth 4.2
  • 4-Cell 64Wh Lithium Ion battery w/ ExpressCharge
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit)
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Dell Small Business has Dell Precision 5530 Mobile Workstation on sale for $799. Shipping is free. Thanks shur4u

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-8850H Processor
  • 15.6" UltraSharp FHD 1920x1080 Display
  • 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory
  • Nvidia Quadro P1000 w/4GB GDDDR5 Video Card
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 9260 802.11ac MU-MIMO 2x2 + Bluetooth 5.0 vPro Driver
  • 3-Cell 56 Wh Lithium Ion Battery w/ ExpressCharge
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit)

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Dell has some great deals for Precision mobile workstations. These are highly customizable machines built for professional development, fluid simulations, photo, and video editing, NOT GAMING. The screen comes with 72% DCI-p3 color gamut and Dell Premier Panel Guarantee. Not the prettiest or lightest of machines, but a monster of a workhorse. 3 years of basic warranty is included. The 5530 is a workstation in an XPS body, while the 7530 is clunkier with better thermals for sustained productivity. Some example base configurations are:


Dell Precision 5530 (15.6") . $799
Intel Core i7-8850H
Windows 10 Pro 64bit English
Nvidia Quadro P1000 w/4GB GDDDR5
8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4 2666MHz Non-ECC Memory
2.5" 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive 7mm
15.6" UltraSharp FHD IGZO4, 1920x1080, AntiGlare, NonTouch, w/Prem Panel Guar 72% Color Gamut
Intel Wifi 6 9260
Lots of customizations
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/s...530-laptop NLA

Dell Precision 7530 (15.6") $989
Intel Core i7-8850H
Windows 10 Pro 64bit English
Radeon Pro WX 4150 w/4GB GDDR5
16GB, 2X8G, DDR4 2666MHz Non-ECC Memory
M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD
Intel WiFi Link 9260 2x2 802.11ac
15.6" UltraSharp™ FHD, 1920x1080 Anti-Glare, Non-Touch, Prem Panel Guar 72% color gamut, IPS, Mic
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/s...530-laptop

Combine this with 5% cashback on Chase Freedom when paying through Paypal. That also adds an extra year of extended warranty. Newer Precision 5540 and 7540 models with 9th gen Intel H series processors are also available on sale. Anyone in the market for mobile workstations might find this helpful.
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TL-DR; Work uses for Engineering Solidworks CAD. Easily upgradable as SSDs/m2/nvme is getting way cheaper.

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My work uses these laptops (now onto the 7540s), do genuinely well in engineering realm with the P2000s. I believe there are 4 slots for RAM, 2 easily accessible and 2 underside of keyboard. SSD and m2/nvme slots are easily accessible on bottom of unit. Believe featuring (3x) PCle NVMe or (2x) and (1x) 2.5" HDDs (up to 6TB) which are easy to find parts to replace.

Resolution native resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4k), IMO color and images are pretty nice. Carbon fiber looking tops look great and feel grippy. Palm rest also has a grippy/velvety feel, which can easily attract grease or show sweaty palms.

Common issues we see with these units have been:
1) Swollen battery - can be replaced within warranty of machine (as long as you mention it to support or you're on you're own after 1st year).
2) I have seen 2-3 units of maybe 30-40? that had random BSOD errors unexplained but likely due to hardware issues. As long as under warranty, Dell reps will want you to TS and dance you around the table before replacing it outright or escalate if you feel like you're getting no where.


Two things to note:
1) Can throttle up and fan spin can get annoying for heavy use (Solidworks CAD projects 800MB-1.5GBs files) but if you tweak it enough and keep airways clear, room with cool air, and clean out the vents/heatsinks, it is a work horse and can get the heavy lifting done.
2) The TB18DC Dell docking stations suck. It's a dime a dozen to get a very solid unit and even if you do, it can crap out or give you weird issues like intermittent loss of video signal to dual monitor display. Another issue with the Dell docking station resides with the simple plug-n-play dual thunderbolt connecting to the unit - just nudge it and it'll lose signal to the setup (easily can get unplugged).
3) Another issue seen when a ton of USB's are attached to computer and Dell docking station - you may lose keyboard functionality, mouse or everything altogether. We've concluded that getting a external USB hub helps you avoid dealing with the issue at all.
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Thanks, I appreciate the posts for these pro-level units, and pointing out that it's not all gaming, some of us want high-quality commercial Dell laptops.

Processor info: this is a 14nm from 2018, $395 "retail" CPU. Definitely a high-end unit.
https://ark.intel.com/content/www...0-ghz.html
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Thanks, I appreciate the posts for these pro-level units, and pointing out that it's not all gaming, some of us want high-quality commercial Dell laptops.

Processor info: this is a 14nm from 2018, $395 "retail" CPU. Definitely a high-end unit.
https://ark.intel.com/content/www...0-ghz.html

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Thanks for the additional info. The 8th gen H series processors are almost equivalent in performance to their 9th gen counterparts.
https://www.techspot.com/review/1847-intel-core-i7-9750h-vs-8750h/

I have been looking for a moderately high-end workstation and comparing the Precision, Thinkpad P series, while also weighing my options on some of the gaming rigs. With the Dell price drop and it's added benefits this became a no-brainer.
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LINK: https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/s...op5530hwus

Select Palmrest, 80 KYBD layout, with fingerprint reader for $7.94 extra (Total $806.94).
6 Cell 97 WHr battery upgrade is $27.79

This is one of the cheapest price for a powerful Dell Precision Workstations. I did not update the Ram or SSD from Dell's site as they cost way more. This can be very easily upgraded and will be far cheaper.

SPEC:
  • Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
  • 15.6" UltraSharp IGZO4 1920x1080, AntiGlare w/Prem Panel Guar 72% Color Gamut, Platinum Silver
  • i7-8850H 6 Core/12T 2.6 GHz (4.3 GHz Turbo, 9MB Cache)
  • 8GBx1 DDR4 2666 MHz Ram (64GB Max)
  • 500GB 2.5" 7200 RPM HDD + Empty M.2 Slot
  • nVidia Quadro P1000 4GB GDDR5 Graphics
  • Intel 9260 WiFi AC (2x2) + Bluetooth 5.0
  • PORTS:
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C /W Thunderbolt 3
    • 1x HDMI 2.0
    • 1x SDXC Card Reader
    • 1x Audio Combo Jack
  • 3 Cell 56 WHr Battery
  • 3.93 lbs
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This is an extremely good deal. This is basically a xps 15. The top cover is more glossy finish compared to xps15's more matte finish. The graphic card is a bit slower than 1050 but has 4GB ddr4, which placed it in between 1050 and 1050ti.

You can put in a 1Tb ssd by yourself and upgrade to 6 cell battery and still manage to spend less $900 before tax.

It is very quiet and can sustain long time spiked cpu power. Weighs less than 4lbs. If you are a power user I highly recommend this laptop.
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This is an extremely good deal. This is basically a xps 15. The top cover is more glossy finish compared to xps15's more matte finish. The graphic card is a bit slower than 1050.

You can put in a 1Tb ssd by yourself and upgrade to 6 cell battery and still manage to spend less $900 before tax.
Yes, the GPU is a bit slower but it uses the certified Quadro drivers and should perform better than GTX 1050 in workstation optimized applications due to the optimization like CAD, DCC, medical, prospection, and visualizing applications.
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Finally!!! I was hoping for some workstations would eventually popup on here.Highly reccomend you upgrade the graphics card to a p2000 for 58 dollars.
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Is there a slot for m.2 for the 5530??
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5530 is basically a XPS 15 for business
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Just wanted to point out, your $799 setting DOES NOT include 3 years of basic warranty. It shows 1 year and have to add $69 for 3 year of basic warranty. IMO it's worth paying extra to get the prosupport as Dell's prosupport is a completely different experience from their other warranty service.


And my goodness, this is so tempting to buy but I already have a fully functional laptop. With Amex's 10% cashback it'll just make the deal so much nicer.
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5530 is basically a XPS 15 for business
The 7530 is slightly thicker. Is it because its GPU needs more cooling space? Thanks hug
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Is there a slot for m.2 for the 5530??
There is an additional m.2 slot in the 5530. There are a total of 4 m.2 slots in the 7530.
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The 7530 is slightly thicker. Is it because its GPU needs more cooling space? Thanks hug
The 7530 uses the extra internal space to manage the thermal output for sustained loads. So it will have significantly less throttling, if at all, than the 5530. But for users who won't be capping out the Cpu for long periods of time, the 5530 would be a sleeker unit.
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