Just shy of a year ago my company upgraded our development laptops to Dell Precision M6600’s with the following specs:
- CPU: Intel Core [email protected]
- RAM: 16Gb
- HDD1: 256Gb SSD
- HDD2: WD 750Gb HDD
- GPU: NVIDIA Quadro 3000M
- Screen: 17″ 1920×1080 LED
The machines came with Windows 7 preinstalled which I removed and replaced with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V as this is purely a development machine. My overall impression has been one of high build quality, solid components and outstanding performance. Using Hyper-V as a virtualization platform to run a domain of development machine using dynamic RAM is the best development experience I have had, the machine is comfortable capable of running a Win Server 2008 Domain Controller, SQL Server 2008 DB Server, SharePoint Server 2010 and K2 BlackPearl Workflow server simultaneously.
This may be starting to sound like a bit of a fanboy review but there are a couple of down points to the machine, the first is the weight it is outstandingly heavy if you do need to transport it any distance. Second the battery life you can get a solid 4 hours+ while running VM’s and developing but with a lot of new machines claiming 10+ this can appear low, on the flip side, it does run two drives and has a 17″ screen so you need to be realistic about it. Finally the cost it may be hard to justify what seems ridiculous at first glance, but how long do you spend each day waiting for a build to finish when developing a large solution and what does that add up to over the course of a year in lost time?
In summary if you want one of the best, most productive laptops on the market you may want to consider the Precision 6600 (did I mention you can upgrade the RAM to 32Gb 😉 )