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Dell Precision M4600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Dell Precision M4600. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and design are generally positive. The price and durability also get good reviews. Views about the keyboard and battery are different. Some have doubts about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Precision M4600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Joe Osborne (

Dell Precision M4600


The Dell Precision M4600 ($1,738.99 list) is a 15.6-inch business class laptop with an anti-glare LED and 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 2520M processor.

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May, 2011

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (

Dell Precision M4600 Review: Mobile Workstation Muscle


The 15-inch Dell Precision M4600 goes far beyond your typical business notebook. This impressively durable powerhouse is available with just about every high-end component you can imagine ... but is it worth more than $4,000? Keep reading to find out.

Great 1080p IPS display option ; Plenty of ports ; Extreme performance

Poor battery life ; Thick and heavy ; Weak backlit keyboard ; Expensive if heavily customized

Feb, 2012

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Dell Precision M4600


The Dell Precision M4600 is a 15-inch laptop with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Nvidia graphics with a dedicated 2GB of video memory. While it is touted as a mobile workstation, it is quite heavy and bulky, but it has many...

Expert review by : Christian Harris (

REVIEW: Dell Precision M4600


The Dell Precision workstation family caters for all types of designers and engineers, from those using entry-level 2D CAD, right up to high-end simulation software. But workstation-class performance and reliability doesn't end on the desktop. Ten...

However, it’s heavy, the 9-cell (97Wh) battery is good for just 3 hours, and the optional extras mean you’ll need deep pockets. We’d also have liked a bigger trackpad. It’s worth noting that its bigger brother, the Precision M6600, offers even better...

Apr, 2012

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Hardware Failure after only using for less than 2 months


Laptop shuts itself completely every time after 2 minutes of booting up the machine. I will get back on what might be the problem but this is very stupid.

Mar, 2016

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absolutely the best laptop ever


I bought this laptop for my son-in-law but after receiving it and using it for a while I was reluctant to give it away. I thought I would go ahead and give it to him which I did, thinking I would buy another one for myself but they were out of stock...

I cannot say enough good things about this laptop. This laptop is a computer in itself. I got a 7.5 and above to 7.9 in all categories of the Windows scores. This laptop look like it was brand-new off-the-shelf.

Absolutely no- cons

Feb, 2016

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Best Buy


Newegg and DELL, for a Best Buy Combo.

The Machine I ordered was upgraded to an M4700 @ no additional charge. More powerful CPU @ 2.6 GHz and a 1080P Resolution. DELL's support is awesome, updates everything on your computer: Bios, Drivers, and Software.

Absolutely None!!!!

Dec, 2015

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Very good product


A very clean looking product which has enough resources to be a mobile server.

They shipped me a M4700 and i loved the free upgrade and its new specs.

Just a minor ding on the front left and its barely noticeable for considering the free upgrade i don't care since its a refurb product

Nov, 2015

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Hard to beat for the money if the bulk doesn't bother you


If you're looking for a thin and light "ultrabook" this isn't it (look at the ThinkPad "X" series, Precision M3800, etc. if that is what you're looking for and be prepared to pay a healthy premium for "thin and light"), but if you need a powerful and...

-Very powerful/Fast (runs circles around the 1 year old mid-grade i5 Toshiba Satellite it replaced) -Excellent durability/build quality (Built like a tank) -easy upgradability (entire bottom panel removes with two screws allowing easy access to...

-Big and bulky, but that is pretty much expected of a desktop replacement class laptop and necessary for adequate cooling and to allow for upgradability and a durable chassis.

Oct, 2015

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Fast, rugged, heavy duty


Very fast, plenty of ram, very rugged. Great battery life. I bought this laptop because I needed a rugged high performance laptop. My previous laptop was a Sony that quickly fell apart under normal everyday use. So far my Dell M4600 been great. I feel...

The only con that I feel regarding this machine is that it is big and heavy. The laptop weighs 6.5 pounds and the formfactor is about 2 inches deep. Other than that it's perfect.

Oct, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:60
Battery capacity (Watt hours):60
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 9


Front Camera: Yes


Certification:CECP, CEC, WEEE / CECP, CEC, WEEE, GS Mark, Eco-label, Energy Law, Green PC / CECP, CEC, ЕС, WEEE, GS / RoHS, CECP, CEC, WEEE / WEEE, CEC
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes


Color of product:Black / Brown
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Magnesium
Product type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:180


Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD FirePro M5950 / NVIDIA Quadro 1000M / NVIDIA Quadro 2000M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard language:English / English, Italian / German
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):2


3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA
4G: Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX: Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0
Built-in Wi-Fi switch: Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:HD / Stereo
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC/DC
Security Features:FIPS
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:180


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel QM67 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):22 / 24 / 25 / 28
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel QM67 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-2520M / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / i7-2720QM / i7-2760QM / i7-2860QM
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.30 / 3.5 / 3.50 / 3.60
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.8
Processor front side bus:1333
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2520M / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / i7-2720QM / i7-2760QM / i7-2860QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2800 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1224 / PGA988 / Socket 1224 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:50067 / 52229 / 53464 / 53470 / 53474 / 53476
Processor code:SR00W / SR02Q / SR02R / SR02S / SR03R / SR048
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Bundled software:Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security 3.5
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDIO, SDXC, xD / MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA, Serial ATA II
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA, Serial ATA II
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 320 / 448 / 500 / 750 / 878

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):10.1
Height (front):1.29
Height (front) (imperial):1.29
Height (rear):1.45
Height (rear) (imperial):1.44
Width (imperial):14.8