Dell Precision 7730 Review:
One of the latest workstations from Dell is Dell Precision 7730. If you are seeking a workstation with the best performance and gorgeous design, Dell Precision 7730 is one of those workstations. Along with the best performance, Dell Precision 7730 features a 4K display which makes it more desirable. You may find its design a bit traditional but the sturdy exterior of Dell Precision 7730 is appealing.
It is definitely one of the best laptops out there but it is not the perfect one. It has its own low points. The price of Dell Precision 7730 does not do justice to the word “affordable”. The battery life of this laptop may disappoint you as well. However, you can only make a decision after carefully considering all its specs. Let’s have a deep look into the features and specifications of Dell Precision 7730.
The design of Dell Precision 7730 may not strike you like the best design out there. It is definitely not as slim as you might expect. Its design is more like the traditional designs from Dell. With a simple hinge mechanism and thick bezels, its design is much similar to the laptops which were released by Dell almost a decade ago.
With its sturdy exterior, it is not a light-weight laptop either. If you are not a fan of a bit heavy laptops then you are not going to like it. It weighs 7.5 pounds with dimensions of 16.3 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches. Well, it is obviously clear that weight and design are not the strong points of Precision 7730. However, if it makes you feel any better, there are heavier laptops in the market right now than this one as it is lighter than ThinkPad P71 from Lenovo which weighs 8 pounds.
Precision 7730 has a metallic chassis and carbon fiber is used for the lid. The smooth surface of the deck is comfortable to rest your palms while typing or doing any other productive work on this workstation. The combination of light silver and black color on this laptop seems good enough. An elegant “Dell” logo is crafted right in the center on the back side of the lid.
Finger Print and Camera:
You will find a fingerprint reader on the right side below the keyboard. The webcam sits above the display on its usual place. The quality of webcam is good enough for video calling as it features a 720p lens.
Ports and Slots:
When it comes to ports, Precision 7730 has all the necessary ports. You will find 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports on the right side. On the right side, you will also find an SD card slot and smart card reader. Dell has not abandoned the USB Type-A just yet as it features 2 USB 3.1 Type-A ports on the right side along with a headphone jack and security lock slot. As Dell has made this design more like a traditional one from Dell in the past, this laptop has slots and ports on the rear side too. You will find the power jack on the rear side along with with one more USB 3.1 Type-A port, an HDMI port, a mini-Ethernet port, and a mini display port.
On top of all this, Dell Precision 7730 definitely can take a few hits to some extent. The laptop is durable enough to survive a fall. As Dell claims, it can withstand some extreme conditions including shock & vibrations and high & low temperatures.
As you might have imagined its size while reading about its dimensions above, it has got a 17.3-inch display and not just any display but a stunning 4K display. The colors on this display are vibrant. It is a non-touch anti-glare panel which is perfect for enjoying HD videos and movies. You will not miss any details as the colors are so bright on this display. My overall experience with this display was magnificent.
Touchpad, Keyboard, and Pointing Stick:
Dell Precision 7730 features a 3.9 x 2.1-inch touchpad. Dell has not placed the touchpad right in the middle instead you will notice that it sits slightly on the left side. The touchpad is not that large. However, it works fine enough and its surface is very smooth. Left and right click buttons are also present below the touchpad. You will have no issue in getting used to this touchpad and multi-touch commands.
The keyboard of this workstation is backlit and key travel is 1.6 mm. the keys are slightly smaller in size still good enough for a smooth typing experience. A separate numeric keypad is also a part of this keyboard.
Dell precision also features a pointing stick. A black colored pointing stick sits at its usual place among the G, H, and B keys. It is a good addition for those consumers who love to use the pointing stick. Well if you are not a fan of pointing stick there is no issue as it most likely will not bother you.
Audio and Graphics:
Precision 7730 has two speakers on the front bottom. The speakers are definitely loud. You will not require an external set of speakers to enjoy the music in a large-size room. Even though these speakers are loud, the sound quality is not that great. You might enjoy some songs but upbeat songs are not going to sound good. So if you are a fan of good speakers, you might have to buy a separate pair to use with this laptop.
You can choose this workstation with the optional graphics card. You can choose from Intel HD GFX, NVidia Quadro, and Radeon Pro. Graphics are the strong points of this machine. The NVidia Quadro P5200 Graphics card with 16GB GDDR5 will fulfill all your graphics needs. With this graphics card, you can easily enjoy doing complex graphics work and play games. As per benchmark scores, Precision 7730 scored surprisingly well enough.
Now the performance of Dell Precision 7730 is, no doubt, beats a lot of premium laptops. You can choose this workstation with Intel Core i5, Core i7, or Core i9 processor. You can also go for the Intel Xeon processor in this laptop. Dell Precision 7730 packed with the 8th-Gen Intel Core-i9 processor with 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD will definitely blow you away. You will find no delay in its response and enjoy the smooth experience even with dozens of open tabs in the browser and streaming music or videos.
You can rely on this powerhouse with all your work-related complex requirements like running AutoCAD software and video encoding. You will not be disappointed by the performance of this workstation. The SSD storage is very fast. You can experience 565 MBs per second speed with its fast enough SSD.
When it comes to battery, you get options here too. You can choose a 4-cell 64Wh battery or 6-cell 97Wh battery. You can also get your hands on a 6-cell 97Wh Lithium Lon battery with a 3-year warranty. But the important thing about this battery is that even with a 6-cell 97Wh hour battery you will not get enough battery life to go through the whole day on a single charge. On average brightness, you will barely get a little more than 4 hours of battery life while surfing the web over Wi-Fi.
To be honest, this is far below than my expectations from this machine. It is highly likely that you too might feel disappointed by its battery life. Short battery life may have a direct connection with one more issue which I found out. If you are going to carry out a little complex task on this workstation or play HD videos for a slightly longer time, it will heat up. So this heating might have a direct influence on battery life. If it wasn’t for the heating problem, I still would be disappointed by its battery life