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Dell Precision 7540 15.6" Mobile Workstation (2019)

NEX score 80%

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Product Overview

Dell Precision 7540 is a powerful 15.6-inch mobile workstation. Available with 9th-gen Intel Core or Xeon CPUs and ISV-certified NVIDIA Quadro graphics, the Precision 7540 boasts a full set of I/O options as well as 4 DIMM slots that support up to 128GB of ECC memory.
Compared to the larger Precision 7740, the 7540 loses one USB port but adds a FHD touchscreen option. Otherwise, the two are virtually identical but for the display size.
For those who demand accurate color reproduction, the Precision 7540 is available with 4K IGZO IPS display that covers 100% of sRGB color space. The 7540 is also Ready for VR and AI work tasks thanks to its premium GPU options, including up to Quadro RTX 3000 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM. With DisplayPort 1.4, this powerful mobile workstation can also support external monitor in 8K and HDR.
Naturally, the Precision 7540 comes with a large set of full-size ports, including dual Thunderbolt 3 and full-size HDMI and mini-DisplayPort; it can also be configured with WiFi 6.
Alongside the 7540, Dell also unveiled the Precision 7740 and 5540 at Computex 2019.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful Intel Xeon CPU and Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card
  • Excellent 4K HDR display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Expensive for a workstation

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid performance
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Sleek design
  • Powerful CPU and GPU
Cons
  • Poor webcam performance
  • Poor webcam quality
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Short battery life
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
4K
IPS
IPS IGZO

Connectivity

Ports
3x USB 3.1 Gen1 + 2x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x SD + 1x mini-DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x HDMI 2.0 + 1x RJ45 + 1x Headphone + 1x Smart card reader
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 or WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 4.2 or Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
64 Wh or 97 Wh
Camera | Front
Optional HD or IR camera
Material
Aluminum or carbon fiber display cover
Microphone
Dual integrated high quality speakers and optional dual integrated noise cancelling

Dimensions

Size | Depth
251.3 mm / 9.89 inch
Size | Height
29.95 mm / 1.17 inch
Size | Width
337.6 mm / 13.29 inch
Weight
2.53 kg / 5.57 lbs

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
TN, IPS, or IGZO
4KGamut
100% Adobe RGB
IPSResolution
FHD (1920x1080)
IPS IGZOResolution
4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Audio
MaxxAudio Pro by Waves
Chipset
Intel Mobile CM246
Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 630 or P630 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 4GB GDDR5, or NVIDIA Quadro T1000 4GB GDDR5, T2000 4GB GDDR5, or RTX 3000 6GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, or RedHat 7.5
Processor
Intel Core i5-9400H, i7-9750H, i7-9850H, i9-9880H, or i9-9880HK or Intel Xeon E-2276M or E-2286M
Touch Screen
Available in FHD

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 128 GB DDR4 2666MHz, or Up to 64 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666MHz ECC or Non-ECC, or DDR4 3200MHz Non-ECC
Power Supply
180 W
Storage
Up to 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD + 2TB 2.5" HDD

Production

Debut
Computex 2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Dell Precision 7540 is the very definition of a high-end laptop workstation. With a vibrant 4K display, it excels with all kinds of work. The 720p webcam is affixed front and center in the top bezel. While the webcam technically performs without issue, the quality of the photos and videos taken using the camera are grainy.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Poor webcam quality
  • Poor webcam performance

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Between its superabundant speed and gorgeous screen, the Dell Precision is a great platform for content creation. With its powerful components and sunny 4K display, even a hefty 97-watt-hour battery couldn't get it through half a workday. Any of the three leading 15.6-inch mobile workstations will serve you well—in fact, superbly.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Powerful CPU and GPU
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Dell Precision 7540 Workstation review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/dell-precision-7540-workstation. 2020-04-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Dell Precision 7540 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-precision-7540. 2020-02-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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