Dell has decided to leave the physical features of its business laptops unchanged and instead focused on hardware upgrades. The result is today’s test model Dell Precision 5540, which is equipped with an Intel Core i9-9980HK and an Nvidia Quadro T2000 Max-Q. These components make it the workstation counterpart to the Dell XPS 15 with GeForce GTX 1650. The Precision 5540 comes with 32 GB of RAM and a 512-GB SSD.
The Dell Precision 5540 has proven itself to be a capable workstation. While the chassis is based on the same design and thus of the same high quality as the XPS 15, it is also the reason for the meager port selection. That said, the Thunderbolt 3 port offers a lot of flexibility and is able to make up for the missing ports with an appropriate adapter.
The Dell Precision 5540 is a good choice for users who are in the market for a device with mid-range performance and a high-resolution display. As usual, the chassis is solid and the battery life is good.
Unfortunately, the CPU does not perform quite as well as expected. Although the Nvidia Quadro T2000 reaches its expected performance level, the processor cannot quite keep up. Performance tends to steadily drop to be 15% slower at the end than the initial peak score in our test loop. Although the 4K OLED display looks fantastic, it comes at the cost of a significantly decreased battery life.