Dell Core 2 Duo Precision Mobile Workstation M65 Reviewed (Verdict: Excellent but Not as Fast as Intel Says)

Dell rolled out its workstation-class notebook packing a Core 2 Duo processor, where the latest Intel Meron mobile chip is nestled inside a ritzy form factor Dell calls the Precision Mobile Workstation M65. The guys at Digital Media Net were impressed, highly recommending the laptop, and digging its 15.2-inch screen and workstation-class NVidia Quadro FX350M graphics. The loaded $3288 laptop has the 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 processor on board, the fastest one released, and it blew through their benchmarks which are specially tailored for those glamorous content creation types.

All was not sweetness and light, though, where the rigorous testing revealed that even though the Core 2 Duo processors are faster than their Core Duo predecessors, they didn't score the full 20% speedup claimed by Intel. At the same time, battery life wasn't as robust as Intel had claimed, either. Even so, these are still the fastest mobile processors they've ever tested. Especially interesting are the comparisons between a Core Duo MacBook Pro running Windows XP and this Core 2 Duo notebook. Check out the full review after the jump.

Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M65: Intel Core 2 Duo Inside [Digital Video Editing]