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Dell Precision 3551 Review – Is it really worth buying?

The Dell Precision 3551 is a practical work machine with a nostalgic style. However, just because the look is old doesn’t mean the inside of the laptop is also old. Equipped with a Core i9-10885H chip with 32GB of RAM, the Precision 3551 delivers fast performance for business people who need to perform demanding tasks. Combined with its massive profile of a screen with thin bezels and a full-size keyboard, the Precision 3551 points out that it is a workstation with impressive performance. In addition to the above strengths, the Precision 3551 has a few weaknesses beyond the old design. Let’s join Newyearzz to review the details of Dell Precision 3551 !

Design

The Precision 3551 is a workstation with a simple design. Bulky appearance, aluminum chassis creates a solid, reliable look.

Dell Precision 3551 Review- Design
Dell Precision 3551 Review- Design

Open the lid to reveal a full-size Chiclet-style keyboard with the space key slightly to the left and the touchpad centered right below. The fingerprint scanner is also included with the power button located just below the hinge of the screen. The machine has military standard MIL-STD-810 so it is very durable

Measuring 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches and weighing 1.9kg, the Precision 3551 is thicker but lighter than the competition in the same category.

Dell Precision 3551 connection port

This Dell laptop comes with a large number of ports for users to choose from. On the right side of the camera body, there is 1 microSD slot, 1 headphone jack, 2 USB 3.2 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, and 1 Noble lock slot.

On the left side of the body, there are 1 input jack, 1 Thunderbolt 3 port and 1 USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port.

Dell Precision 3551 monitor

The Dell Precision owns a 15.6-inch, 1080p display that does a decent job of displaying images. That said, the touchscreen, anti-glare screen is a bit outdated with pale colors and low brightness. This is not the right monitor for those who want to play games or do tasks that require the color shift on the screen.

Dell Precision 3551 Review- Screen
Dell Precision 3551 Review- Screen

When we measured the color reproduction of the Precision 3551’s display, the display gave a poor result with just 43.3% on the DCI-P3 color range test, which is a lot lower than the model average. workstation is 130.4%.

Sound

When I watch videos, listen to music or play games, the sound from the Precision 3551’s speakers sounds low and has no depth. When watching the movie, the sound from the characters’ voices is very shrill, the action scenes have almost no bass at all.

Keyboard and touchpad

Opening the Dell Precision 3551 reveals a full-size keyboard, with wide button spacing. The keys have deep travel and deliver firm feedback, for a pleasing typing experience.

The touchpad of the device is 2.9 x 3.9-inch in size, has good quality, completes the functions, the Windows 10 swipe gestures, from 3 or 4 finger swipe gestures to simple finger touch gestures. . The 2 buttons of the touchpad press firmly and provide quick feedback.

Performance

Possessing a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i9-10885H CPU configuration, 32GB ram and 512GB PCIe SSD in the top-end version, our review model has strong performance. The machine is easy to operate with 30 to 40 Chrome tabs with several tabs to open video.

On the benchmark test, the Precision 3551 scored 7350 in GeekBench 5.0, which is higher than the workstation average of 6661.

This Dell Precision took 9 minutes and 35 seconds to convert a 4k video to 1080p on the Handbrake test. This result is only slightly slower than the workstation average of 9 minutes and 4 seconds.

On the file transfer test, the Precision 3551 achieves an average speed of 988.7 mbps when transferring a file with 5Gb capacity.

Graphics and gaming

With an Nvidia Quadro P620 GPU with 4GB of VRAM, the Precision 3551 can play smooth games as well as edit video. It can play Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Gathering Storm at 1080p at 34fps. That’s well below our workstation average of 68fps, but well above our playable 30fps.

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When we ran the Firestrike 3D benchmark test, the Dell Precision 3551 produced bad results of 4382, which is a lot lower than the workstation average of 12615.

Battery life

The Dell Precision 3551 has an impressive battery life of 11 hours and 17 minutes on the battery life test, in which the machine will have to constantly surf the web over the wifi network at 150 nits of brightness until the power goes down. This result is much higher than the average workstation time of 6 hours 23 minutes.

Temperature

The Precision does a good job at cooling all day. In the temperature test (see 15 minutes of full screen HD video), the temperature measured at the touchpad is 22 degrees C, the temperature measured at the keyboard is 28 degrees Celsius. The temperature measured in the chassis is 35.5 degrees Celsius. Slightly higher than the comfortable 35 degrees Celsius heat level.

Webcam

The Dell Precision 3551’s 720p HD webcam fulfills its shoulders. Like most webcams, to get the best results you’ll need to sit in a room with adequate ambient light. Under ideal ambient conditions, the images produced by the webcam will be colorful and eye-catching. In darker light conditions, the Precision 3551’s webcam does better than most laptops, images retain color quality.

Overall if you’re only using the webcam for the purpose of calling Zoom, the Precision 3551’s webcam does very well, but if you want a higher video quality, you have to buy a separate cam.

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