Dell M6500 laptop review
Original 2011 Review:
I have been using a M6500 as my primary workstation for a number of months. It is generally docked to a 30″ Dell & a 27″ Dell. In this capacity it works wonderfully. Likewise, when used on its own as a mobile workstation, with the 17″ display and keyboard with full numeric keypad, it is a wonderful machine :-). Overall this is one of my favorite laptops ever. I will be posting a detailed review with photos later, but for now I am starting to fill in some of the ancillary sections below…
[to be updated]
My M6500 has a NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M video card and it can drive two high-resolution displays with no problems. However, to use three displays you will need the AMD/ATI m7820 video card.
A note about power supplies: use 210 watt / 240 watt for best performance
Yes, you can connect the laptop to lesser power supplies in an emergency and it will generally keep the battery from draining further. Unfortunately though, while using the lower wattage power supply the laptop may throttle performance and the battery likely will not be charging… 🙁
So, for ideal performance I highly recommend you use a 210w or 240w power supply!
Previous model (M6400) and successor model (M6600)
Checkout this stellar M6400 vs M6600 comparison:
The Competitor: HP 870w