Dell Precision 7530: Best Mobile Workstation for Engineers

If you need a mobile workstation the packs as much performance punch as possible. You probably want to peruse the dell precision 7530. This is a 15.6-inch laptop that offers better specs than most competitors in the 15-inch class. That means if top-notch specs are your bottom line this might be the laptop for you. But enough preamble let’s take a peek at the precision 7530.

Spec and Configurations

The specs of the precision 7530 are this laptop best. Feature the top CPU is an intel Xeon e 2186 m with six cores, a 12-megabyte cache and a base clock speed of 2.9 gigahertz. The top GPU is an Nvidia Quadro p 3200 with 6 gigabytes of VRAM, the max memory is a dizzying 128 gigabytes. And the max storage capacity is a substantial 6 terabytes SSD.

In our review unit, we had an intel core i9 8950hk, the Quadro 3200, 32 gigabytes of memory and 512 gigabytes of storage. The configuration options are great but just to be clear you can find them in other mobile workstations. You can get a Xeon e2186 m and a hp zbook x360, you can get a Quadro p 3200 and 128 gigabytes of memory and a ThinkPad p 52. And you can even exceed the 7530 top specs and many 17-inch mobile workstations. But among 15-inch laptops, the precision 7530 is unique in offering these high specs across-the-board. Cpu, GPU, memory, and storage spect out this thing are pretty crazy.

Ports

The 7530 also has a great selection of connectivity ports. On the left side, there are two USB c thunderbolt ports, an sd card reader and an optional smart card reader. To the right, there’s a security lock slot, 2 USB 3.1 ports, and a headphone jack. And on the back, there’s an ethernet port, a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI port and the power plug.  You can also get the 75 30 with a contactless smart card reader and a fingerprint reader. Both of which go below the keyboard.

Display

Our 75 30 review unit had a 15.6 inch 3840 by 2160 display which had a few shortcomings. For one it’s not a touchscreen if you want a touchscreen with a 7530. You have to step down to the 1080p display option that’s a trade-off that doesn’t feel necessary. But that’s the way it is the display we had was also on the dim side with an average 100% brightness of 226.7 nits. That’s lower than other workstations we’ve looked at.

But it was never a problem for me and if I hadn’t tested the monitor with the color image I wouldn’t have market has that much dimmer than the competition but it is. The color on our display was quite good hitting 99% of both the srgb and Adobe RGB color spaces. And as for accuracy, we measured an average delta e of only one point one six.

To put it simply the colors on the 7530 are pretty much spot-on. And pretty much all the colors you need they are there. That said if you drop down to a lower resolution display maybe you want that touchscreen. You’ll have to settle for fewer colors as only the 4k display is made to cover a hundred percent of Adobe RGB.

Performance

In the precision 7530 lend themselves to a high-performance work station. And our benchmark tests bear that out for graphics performance. We ran the spec view perf 13 benchmark which tests the performance of 3d view sets from a variety of industries. And cad applications the seventy-five thirty did great in most view sets. Easily outperforming workstations with Quadro p2000 and p 1000 graphics cards. Except for Maya if you’re a Maya user the seventy-five thirty does not seem to have your back.

We also ran a spec workstation three a benchmark of the computer’s general workstation capabilities. Across different industry segments such as media and entertainment and product development. The 7530 crushed it again scoring particularly high in product development life sciences and GPU compute. Although it did falter in the general operations segment that foreshadowed.

Our next benchmark PassMark performance test which is another general-purpose probe into a computer’s performance. The seventy-five thirty came out with a lower pass mark rating than I would have expected. Based on his high specs and it struggled the most in the disk mark and 2d graphics mark subtests. So it seems the 7530 real strength is in his optimization for those pro applications.

Battery

Another weak point for precision 7530 is its battery life. We always run tests to find the lowest battery life possible and the highest battery life possible. And the 7530 doesn’t have a great range when we ran our power heavy tests. We got 2 hours and 35 minutes of use and when we ran our light efficient tests. We got only 4 hours and 47 minutes so even in the best case it’s far from all-day battery life.

Final Notes

Some final notes I like the keyboard on the precision 7530. It’s very comfortable to type on and it’s great that there is a Numpad on the side. The trackpad is not the best I’ve ever used but it does come with three mouse buttons. That comes in handy for certain applications and there’s a pointing stick on the keyboard as well if you’re into that.

I’m not crazy about the body of 7530. One it’s a bit bulky and it’s on the heavy side add a little over five and a half pounds. The design is also a bit plain compared to other laptops we’ve looked at but it’s not bad just nothing special.

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Conclusion

Overall I’d say the dell precision 7530 is a solid choice for engineers. Looking for a little more power in their mobile workstation if you’re set on a 15-inch form factor and you plan to spec your workstation to the max.

The 7530 is probably your best bet but if specs are negotiable. And you want a mobile workstation with a little more mobility, a brighter touchier display, and maybe a bit more panache. You should look elsewhere.