Dell Precision 7530 (8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review

The Precision series is a mobile workstation line up which released by Dell to provide the best option in term of performance and portability. This series itself is divided into three different lines up included the 3000 series as the cheapest one, the 5000 series as the middle one, and the 7000 series which becoming the most expensive model. Today, we are going to take a look into Dell Precision 7530 that powered by Intel’s most powerful Core series processor. Inside, they put of Intel I9 8950HK processor, a VR ready and powerful Quadro GPU, 1080p display and big battery capacity.

By having all of good stuff above, there is no way the price would be really cheap. The system itself costs for nearly 4500 dollars and considered as very expensive for many users. Well, as long as you are looking for a laptop for heavy professional usage like doing CAD and some related stuff, I think this price is still very fair considering how powerful the performance we have here. Let’s take a look inside at it further and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

Comparing to its last generation series, the new Precision 7000 series comes with smaller and lighter chassis than ever. The chassis is built from magnesium alloy material and has been certified with MIL STD 810G durability certificates. But like I said before, the chassis feels so light despite carrying such a powerful hardware and having a pretty good stability and rigidity. The build quality is truly excellent as both of lid cover and center base feel really rough and not going to disappoint you at all here. However, its matte surface becomes a fingerprint magnet very easily, so make sure to always clean it after using it for a while.

Moving into its portability aspect, both of its weight and size are comparable with Thinkpad P52 that also being in the same price point here. The weight is just slightly heavier than the Thinkpad P1, but I find it as normal case as the hardware inside is more powerful here. As for the connectivity, there is no proprietary port and Dell swaps it with dual Thunderbolt 3 port and also dual USB type-A standard ports. Then, there are of HDMI, Ethernet, SD card reader, mini display port, and 3.5 mm audio jack. The quality and design are expected like a premium notebook.

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Display and Input

Dell Precision 7530 2 The manufacture offers of 1080p and 4K resolution display and for this review I decide to get the 1080p model because the 4K model price is very expensive and at the top of it, I don’t really need of 4K resolution at all. The same case should happened to you considering you are not going to see any big difference between of 1080p and 4K panel in this small size screen. In matter of quality, the panel looks incredibly crisp, but somehow looks dimmer than I thought. The panel can cover of 99 % SRGB color coverage, but only getting of 295 nits brightness. I expect at least of 350 nits brightness here, but the thing is far from my expectation.

As for the input method support, the keyboard feels satisfying and comfortable in my opinion. The layout and keys size are comparable to Dell XPS 15, but coming with deeper or better travel and keys stroke. I prefer of this keyboard over the XPS and should accompany you during your heavy work as long as you want. I just hope some keys sizes are bigger, but that is just a smaller matter here.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:13:08

Dell Precision 7530 15 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I9-8950HK 6 Cores 2.90 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro P3200
Display Size15.6 Inch IPS FHD
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 32GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 1TB M.2 SSD

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Performance and Battery

It’s just impossible to make a complaint about its performance because the I9 8950HK processor and P3200 graphic card are easily considered as the highest end hardware you can afford right now. This processor itself features of 6 cores CPU and clocked at 2.9 GHz. Unfortunately, the chassis just won’t manage to hold its temperature and making the CPU is not capable to deliver its top performance. I really hope Dell will bring of BIOS update like what Apple did to their new Macbook Pro 15 2018. However, the current performance is more powerful than the I7 8750H processor. As for the GPU, the P3200 graphic is a solid companion. It’s comparable with GTX 1060 in gaming and should do both of work and gaming without any issue.

By having those high end hardware, Dell is aware the battery going be an issue if they don’t put of bigger battery capacity. For this case, they add of 97 Wh battery and only lasts for 5 to 6 hours in heavy usage. Keep in mind, this result is already good especially considering the system takes so much power consumption. The thing should be worst if the battery capacity is just around 50 to 60 Wh. Fully charging the battery is done in around 20 hours and it has of fast charging technology.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:13:08
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Final Thought

The Precision 7530 does not disappoint us at all in matter of performance, but the current thermal issue really hold everything to get its maximum level. The CPU reaches of high temperature level, but I am sure this just a matter of BIOS issue. The thing should be fixed in the upcoming update. If you are searching a truly powerful workstation, I guess this could be one of your best options. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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