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Latitude vs. Precision

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Rich.Carpenter, Jun 1, 2008.

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  1. Rich.Carpenter

    Rich.Carpenter Cranky Bastage

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    Ok, I've read the threads addressing the differences. There seems to be a concensus that the differences are in the system/video BIOSes and that's pretty much it. However, in spec'ing them out individually, I saw that only the Precision model offers a webcam and expresscard slot. Those two features alone could be well worth the $100-ish difference in cost to many (including me).

    So, that said, just how different *are* the system/video BIOSes? I understand the video BIOS is supposed to cater to CAD systems and the like, but what exactly does that mean? Will that make it better or worse for other applications than the Latitude graphics subsystem?

    Also, I've heard that the Dell business lines are offered a higher level of service and support than the consumer lines? Are the Latitude and Precision lines equal in that regard?
     
  2. facula

    facula Notebook Enthusiast

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    The Precison does not have a webcam. The Latitude D830 does have an expresscard slot, though the other ones don't.

    Previous threads have said the Precision has a slightly different construction -- namely a nicer lid.

    Also, keep in mind the Latitudes start with 3-year mail-in service, with on-site service for $99 more. The Precisions start standard with 3-year on-site service, so that's something else that might not make the price difference as high.

    From what I understand and from some personal experience, the small business support offers a higher level of service. From the Dell site, both offer North American based service. The Precision techs are trained in "workstation applications". I imagine the level of support between the two offices is about the same other than some specialized applications, but I could be wrong.

    The Latitude screens are all matte, while the Precision line has a glossy WSXGA+ if you're into that, although it is the notorious SEC 3350 screen (the Latitude WSXGA+ might also be a 3350, just a matte version? I'm not sure). I'm not sure if the screen quality has gotten better for these lines -- it's hard to find much information out there.

    The M6300 is the only 17", and offers some higher level components. But if you're just comparing the M4300 and D830 then there aren't many differences from what I understand.

    I've had a D830 at work for a month or so. I ordered an M4300 off the outlet last week but I'm still waiting for it to arrive.
     
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    Rich.Carpenter Cranky Bastage

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    I'd appreciate some feedback on your M4300 when you get it, facula. Are you sure the Precisions have the glossy displays? I can't seem to find anything on their site that specifies that. I really prefer matte.

    I was comparing the D630 and the M2300 for my needs. Could have sworn it was the Precision that offered the webcam. My mistake.
     
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    antskip Notebook Deity

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    The Precisions are put together specifically for CAD and other high graphics use (not games). However, they can also be great for other uses - but you pay the extra. You need to look at specific machines, but for most business users, the Precision is top-of-the-range in every way, from build to support. As far as I know, the screen surface is matt. Glossy screens will be called "truelife" on the Dell product descriptor.
     
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    nizzy1115 Notebook Prophet

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    Also precisions generally have better motherboards that are designed to last longer. Remember they are dells best of the best. If you can afford one, by all means get one.
     
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    facula Notebook Enthusiast

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    It's just the WSXGA+ resolution that is glossy, which as antskip said is called TrueLife. The other ones are matte.
     
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    Rich.Carpenter Cranky Bastage

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    Ugh! That would be my preferred res, but I do *not* like the glossy screens. :(

    Is it safe to assume it's the same with the Latitude?
     
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    facula Notebook Enthusiast

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    No, the Latitude screens are all matte. Also, not all of the Precision screens are glossy -- just the M4300 WSXGA+ and one of the M6300 WUXGA options. If it doesn't say "TrueLife" then it's not glossy.
     
  9. CEHansen

    CEHansen Newbie

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    Generally, the only downsides to the Dell Precision line is the added cost and the fact that they're HEAVY. This web site is good testimonial to their reliability. Please note; you don't see any M4300/6300 complaints posted here do you?
     

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