Only specially ruggedised machines are stronger. The M6800s bass-heavy audio isnt good enough for truly satisfying music or movie watching after youve finished your work. Colour temperature, at 6,352K, isnt far from the 6,500K ideal, and viewing angles are decent.6kg, and its 40mm thick.SEE ALSO: Best Laptops Round-UpDell Precision M6800: Design & Build QualityThe M6800 is a function-over-form machine, which means that huge attention has been paid to the Precisions physical design.
11ac Wi-Fi, which is what we now expect from this class of system, and a welcome bit of future-proofing. The M6800 is a heavyweight machine that tips the scales at 3. The battery is removable, and the rest of the components can be accessed for quick replacements or upgrades. The black level of 0.
The system is built almost entirely from magnesium alloy and aluminium, and its as sturdy as any machine weve ever tested. We expect good quality from machines like this, but the Precisions panel offers surprisingly mixed benchmark results. Theres a trackpoint in the middle of the keyboard and a second set of mouse buttons below, as well as the trackpad and its own set of buttons.
Office-friendly touches abound. These are not the only steps taken to ensure this machines strength its also been tested in accordance with the MIL-STD-810G protocol.Dell has put more of a focus on its business hardware over the last couple of years, and the Precision M6800 is, arguably, one of its flagship products.SEE ALSO: Best Windows 8 Laptops and TabletsThe M6800 has a fantastic port selection.
On the right theres two USB 3.68, which means colours are consistently accurate.The Precisions main strength is colour accuracy. Those figures combine for a contrast ratio of 734:1 a decent figure, but worse than every key rival.
On the inside, theres the latest 802. That means other systems have better all-round panels but for work, the Precision is a worthwhile choice.26 is fantastic, easily beating the Toshiba Satellite P50t and Dells own Precision M3800, and it only deviates to a maximum of 3. Its non-touch and has a sensible, rather than ultra-high, resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 so no chance of Windows scaling issues and its got a matte finish, so office lights wont cause problems.
Its got every bit of hardware wed expect of a premium productivity device, and its got the price to match: this hefty notebook costs 2,075. That means this system is resistant to dust, its been tested in extreme temperatures, and its able to cope with humidity, high altitudes and sudden impact – not quite ‘take anywhere’ but ‘take to a factory or office anywhere’. Most of the screws are numbered in their order of removal, and its easy to get inside remove two screws beneath the battery and the base panel lifts away.0 ports, a pair of audio jacks, and a Kensington Lock connector.
4 is excellent – its in fact one of the very best scores weve seen. Its looks arent much cop, but the gunmetal grey exterior is smart and subtle rather than cheap and boring, and the numerous visible seams dont hint at any weakness. The left side serves up two more USB 3. The resolution, matte screen and incredible colour accuracy and coverage all mark the Precisions screen out as a serious work panel, though, even if the brightness and contrast arent the best.
The rear has D-SUB, HDMI and an eSATA port alongside an Ethernet socket, and the base has a connector for a docking station.SEE ALSO: Best Laptops for Students 2014Dell Precision M6800: Screen & Sound Quality Dell has fitted the M6800 with a practical display panel. Theres a slimline DVD drive, and SDXC, ExpressCard and Smart Card slots crammed in there too. Its also got an opportunity in the high-end notebook market, as Apple no longer produces the 17in version of its competing MacBook Pro.
SEE ALSO: Best Laptops Round-UpThe brightness of 257 nits is less impressive: fine for the office, but potentially irritating outdoors. The Delta E of 1.The speakers have huge volume, which immediately puts them ahead of those of most laptops, but they lack quality. Thats twice as heavy and thick as the Precision M3600, and it marks the M6800 out as a serious bit of kit youll need a sturdy bag to cart this system around.
You also get physical buttons for volume situated above the keyboard, a handy row of status lights, a backlit keyboard, and the lid secures firmly in place with a sliding clasp. Its the largest and most powerful workstation notebook the firm produces, and its designed for employees who cant compromise on power and versatility while away from the office. The sRGB coverage level of 93.The stunning versatility continues to the interior.
35 nits is good, but has been bettered elsewhere.0 ports, a DisplayPort output and a physical Wi-Fi switch, and a hard disk bay that can be easily removed for quick drive changes. The bass makes up for a lack of subtlety, but the overarching deep tones dont work work well with the muddy, flat mid-range and the indistinct high-end. Finally hope you guys enjoy it!