I bought the M65 from Dell Outlet in order to replace an e purchased about four months ago. Yeah, sure, external speakers or headphones offer some real improvement in sound quality, but a little bit of tinny sound never hurt anyone, and bass is just generally overrated. A WUXGA option was, and is, available in the e, but I knew without a doubt that this would be too high a resolution for me. In the end, my main reasons for making the switch to the refurbished M65 were as follows: Design and Build The look and feel of the M65 are exceptional, just as I expected from the Precision line of notebooks. I find the businesslike appearance of the M65 nearly as fetching as that of the aforementioned ThinkPad T-series notebook, though the M65 is a tad flashier.

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Design and Build The look and feel of the M65 are exceptional, just as I expected from the Precision line of notebooks.

The look and feel of the M65 are exceptional, just as I expected from the Precision line of notebooks. Although a 6-pound, Both machines, however, are OpenGL compliant and presented by Dell as capable of handling demanding graphics work, such as CAD, 3D modeling and video editing. The Precision M65 offers an excellent combination of workstation performance including OpenGL compliancesolid build and businesslike appearance, in a The main differences between the two models are portability and graphics performance, with the M65 holding a significant advantage in the former category and the M90 being far superior in the latter, due to its top-of-the-line NVIDIA Quadro GPU options.

As long as there are no serious flaws and everything is sharp and easily viewable or readable, the main issue when it comes to using a notebook screen is simply the resolution, and I find x to be ideal with a Excellent performance Very sturdy Tasteful no-nonsense design Reasonably cool and quiet Great keyboard and built-in pointing stick Nice screen OpenGL graphics 3-year on-site warranty Cons: Dell Precision M65 Specs: Most of this review, at least where general usage and benchmarks are concerned, is based on the original notebook, which performed flawlessly, chassis imperfections notwithstanding.

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Yeah, sure, external speakers or headphones offer some real improvement in sound quality, but a little bit of tinny sound never hurt anyone, and bass is just generally overrated. Service and Support As indicated above, I have been in touch with Dell customer support regarding the damage mjcrophone the case of the first M65 I received. The replacement M65, received very dll, is essentially flawless.

As indicated above, I have been in touch with Dell customer support regarding the damage to the case of the first M65 I received.

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Left side of Dell Precision M65 view large image. Back side of Dell Precision M65 view large image. My first reaction after unwrapping the M65 was that it should perfectly meet my computing needs and desires.

Pictures, however, are of the replacement notebook. It might also be worth adding that I sent photos of the damage right away, as a follow-up to an initial email, and tried to be careful to reply only to those emails that actually invited replies. Conclusion The Delp M65 offers an excellent combination of workstation performance including OpenGL compliancesolid build and businesslike appearance, in a At one point there was a little confusion regarding return shipping of the original order, but that was fairly minor and easily sorted out.

The refurbished Precision M65 seemed as good an option as any, so as soon as I saw the right configuration, I bought it.

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Dell Precision M65 Review (pics, specs)

When I originally purchased the now departed e, I worried that x resolution might not suit me, and that turned out to be the case. Intel Yonah Core Duo T 1. It almost looked as if someone had tried to force out a cable lock with a screwdriver and microphoje damaged the case. Aside from the bottom of the unit, which is fairly warm on bare skin, the M65 is nice and cool.

As I looked everything over more carefully, however, I noticed that a small piece of plastic had been gouged out of the side of the chassis, next to the cable lock slot beneath the left LCD hinge, and the adjoining air vent was bent inward and missing a fin. The decision was made almost immediately to replace the M65, but I have contacted Dell multiple times to ask questions regarding return miccrophone, billing and order status, and my experience with people from different Dell support locations mainly India and the U.

The 3DMark05 scores are plenty for me, but would probably disappoint serious gamers: Dell Precision M65 screen view large image.

In addition to a slight CPU downgrade, from 2. Right side of Dell Precision M65 view large image. In short, I had no trouble listening to, and enjoying, music and video on the M65, which has good 6m5 and decent clarity.

Zero dropped connections as of this writing, using the Intel management utility, which was active upon first boot. Front side of Dell Precision M65 view large image.