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M6600 Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by tomcom2k, May 23, 2011.

  1. tomcom2k

    tomcom2k Notebook Evangelist

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    Got IT! 1 week from ordering!

    Initial Impressions are good.

    For M6500 owners its very similar, but because of the 16:9 it seems a lot wider.

    Non IPS HD screen seems very decent.

    Build quality seems to be as good as the M6500.

    The keyboard has nasty keys compared to the M6500 and moderate flex.

    Alps touchpad :( Synaptics > Alps

    BIOS comes set to RAID even with one HDD.

    NO OPTION OF SANDY BRIDGE INTEL GRAPHICS ONLY ON ATI MODEL :(

    Power brick is the same size as the Slim adapter of the M6500, very wide.

    Machine comes with 2nd HDD bracket when ordered with only one HDD, but no extra screws.

    Mechanical HDD is a TOSHIBA MK5061GSY 500GB

    Changing Hard Drives is easier than the M6500 the Primary bay slides right out.

    Power on to end off POST and OS start is remarkably quick

    There is a UEFI only boot option which i'm not going to test a legacy BIOS is more than sufficient.

    The money shot [​IMG]

    Uploaded with ImageShack.us

    More info coming soon!
     
  2. Althernai

    Althernai Notebook Deity

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    That is really fast assembly and delivery. It's a pity about the lack of switchable graphics -- we knew it from what havoctex said in the other thread, but it's still disappointing since AMD does have this implemented in other laptops. Looking forward to further info.

    Also, what do you mean by "nasty keys"?
     
  3. tomcom2k

    tomcom2k Notebook Evangelist

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    The key is beveled so the surface area of the key is only 1cm, just feels strange on the fingers.
     
  4. seb87

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    Photos?? :D
     
  5. tomcom2k

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    Added internal shot to original post. More shots when I get home
     
  6. ksna

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    Very cool, looking forward to the pictures. Mine is still in production :(
     
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    thanks! very clean inside! :)
     
  8. m4600

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    Thanks a lot for the quick first-look comments. Looking forward to your detailed review!

    Please elaborate on the feel of the keyboard and the Alps touchpad. I use the internal keyboard and the touchpad 90% of the time, so that would be very important. Thanks!
     
  9. m4600

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    By the way, is that the backlit keyboard or the standard one?
     
  10. Aikimox

    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    @Tomcom2k,

    Congrats!! More pics please! And could you also check load temps in Prime95+Furmark?
     
  11. Macpod

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    and what is that 'performance boost' option i keep hearing about
     
  12. tomcom2k

    tomcom2k Notebook Evangelist

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    The touchpad is actually really nice. First ALPS pad that's actually decent. Multitouch gestures rival if not beat the synaptics pads.

    The keyboard has grown on me but the flex and feel is not as good as the M6500. It's the non backlit version.

    Fan noise is good, but I've got too many work deadlines to benchmark the machine to death.

    I've got no idea what the performance boost feature is.

    Trying to install reference drivers for the firepro

    WEI:
    CPU: 7.5
    RAM. 7.6
    Both GRAPHICS: 6.0
    HDD: 7.9

    To see if i can improve the WEI score.

    In the lenovo w520 the HDD scored 7.4 so i'm happy with the SATA Controller.
     
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    VERY easy to open.

    Battery latch, remove battery.

    Two screws (like the M6500)

    Side off whole bottom panel.
     
  15. m4600

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    Thanks!

    And how about that hard drive bay? Supposed to be tool-less. Is there a latch of some sort?

    The DVD drive is not modular. So you have to unscrew it to replace. Correct?
     
  16. tomcom2k

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    The hard drive bay is supposed to be tool-less, but the latch to open it has a screw in it and you then have 4 screws holding it in place.

    I think in fact its only the bay as a whole that's tool-less and there are no screws holding the hard drive in the bay

    DVD drive is unscrew as well.
     
  17. Dell-Mano_G

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    The HDD carrier and the latch have screws in them for shippment and for customers who have security concerns. Once you remove the screws the HDD carrier will stay in the slot without screws. This allows you to quickly remove and swap if you wish.
     
  18. tomcom2k

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    Oooh thats great news, means I can use those screws to hold the second HDD in its bay :)
     
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    I noticed you got the slot-load drive. What's the make, model, and height of the drive? Thanks!
     
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    I'd love to hear about battery life.
     
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