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Dell Precision 5540 15.6" Mobile Workstation (2019)

MSRP 2509 USDNEX score 70%

Product Overview

Dell Precision 5540 is an ultra-thin 15.6-inch mobile workstation that shares its chassis with the XPS 15 7590. Like the consumer-oriented model, the Precision 5540 offers 4K OLED display and 4K IGZO touchscreen options.
Under the hood, the Precision 5540 is powered by 9th-gen Intel Core H-series or Xeon E processors as well as NVIDIA Quadro graphics up to Quadro T2000. It also supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and up to 4TB of PCIe SSD. As a workstation, the new compact 15.6-inch Precision comes with Thunderbolt 3 and WiFi 6 connectivity options.
All of these are packed inside a slim chassis just under 2/3 of an inch thin. The InfinityEdge display allows the Precision 5540 to fit a 15.6-inch display in a chassis of a 14-inch device from yesteryear. With the 97Wh battery option, the Precision 5540 also offers a level of portability rarely seen in a mobile workstation.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Slim, slim design
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the XPS 15

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good system performance
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Decent battery life
  • Strong performance
  • Low energy consumption
Cons
  • Lackluster graphics performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Specifications

Variants:
IPS
IPS IGZO
OLED

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 or WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 4.2 or Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
56 Wh or 97 Wh
Colors
Platinum Silver or Titan Gray
Material
Aluminum

Dimensions

Size | Depth
235.47 mm / 9.27 inch
Size | Height
16.82 mm / 0.66 inch
Size | Width
357.23 mm / 14.06 inch
Weight
1.78 kg / 3.93 lbs

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 in
Display Type
IPS, IGZO touch, or anti-glare OLED
IPS IGZOGamut
100% Adobe RGB
OLEDGamut
100% DCI-P3
IPS IGZOResolution
4K UHD (3840x2160)
OLEDResolution
4K UHD (3840x2160)
IPSResolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Chipset
Intel Mobile CM246
Graphics
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 4GB GDDR5 or T2000 4GB GDDR5
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Processor
Intel Core i5-9400H, i7-9750H, i7-9850H, i9-9880H, or i9-9880HK or Intel Xeon E-2276M
Touch Screen
4K IGZO only

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 64 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666MHz, Non-ECC
Power Supply
130 W
Storage
2x Up to 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD

Production

Debut
Computex 2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Dell Precision 5540 has an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor and 32GB of RAM. It transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in just 8 minutes and 30 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark. Dell's 512GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in just 7 seconds, translating to 727 MBps.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Strong performance
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Lackluster graphics performance

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Dell has equipped the Precision 5540 with a 512-GB SK Hynix SSD. While we were able to record good read and write speeds in our storage benchmarks, it cannot quite keep up with the storage solutions of competing models. During daily use, the workstation offers smooth system operation and fast application start-up.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Decent battery life
  • Good system performance
  • Low energy consumption
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Dell Precision 5540 review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/dell-precision-5540. 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Dell Precision 5540 in Review: Workstation Doubles as a Hand Warmer. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Precision-5540-in-Review-Workstation-Doubles-as-a-Hand-Warmer.443886.0.html. 2019-11-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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