Review Dell Precision 5520. Laptop workstation compact design, high build quality

Dell Precision 5520

Dell Precision 5520 is a laptop in the workstation segment. Underneath the laptop’s sleek metal exterior are high-quality components that deliver fast and efficient workflow performance for users. Today’s article will go into a detailed review of the Precision 5520, helping you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the laptop.

The Precision 5520 offers users a good level of performance and excellent build quality. Its Intel Core i5 chip and Nvidia Quadro graphics card allow users to work efficiently and accurately

CPU Intel Core i5-7300HQ
GPU Nvidia Quadro M1200
Memory 256GB SSD
Screen size 15.6-inch
Resolution 1920×1080
Mass 1.78kg
Size 0.86 x 14.1 x 9.2 inches

The version of the machine that we used to write the review is equipped with a basic configuration, including a 4-core Intel Core i5-7300HQ chip, clocked at 2.5GHz, which can be overclocked to 3.5GHz. This chip does not support Hyper Threading technology, so laptops using the i7 chip will have superior multitasking performance compared to the Precision 5520.

The machine is equipped with 8GB of RAM and Nvidia Quadro M1200 graphics card to bring great performance to the workstation laptop.

The device has a pretty good configuration for the price, but some of its competitors have more impressive configurations. Specifically, the HP ZBook Studio G3 with Intel Xeon chip, 32GB of RAM, 4K screen and higher capacity SSD. MSI WS63 is equipped with a newer Quadro card, Intel i7 chip and 16GB of RAM. Both of these laptops have a higher level of performance than the Precision, but with a slightly higher level of feeling.

The machine has a metal outer shell, with the body surface finished with a carbon fiber texture. This 2-tone design gives the laptop an impressive look. The machine has good build quality, specifically the palm rest area does not have the phenomenon of sagging during use

Dell Precision 5520

Dell has succeeded in producing a durable laptop without being too bulky. The machine weighs 1.78kg, much lighter than competitors in the same segment, but the 22mm thickness of the body makes the laptop a bit thicker in comparison. This is not a big deal because you can still bring the laptop with you every time you go to work.

The Precision has a body length of 350mm, slightly more compact than competitors in the same segment. To do this, Dell has reduced the bezel around the 15.6-inch screen, just enough to fit a 14-inch laptop.

Precision 5520 is equipped with 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 Thunderbolt 3 port next to the light strip showing the battery status and the memory card reader slot.

Dell is equipped with a keyboard that is illuminated by a white light system below. The buttons of the device have a moderate bounce, providing a good user experience. Although the travel of the buttons is not very deep, the sensitivity of the buttons has a solid tactile feedback.

Dell Precision 5520 . Keyboard

Due to its compact body size, the Precision 5520 does not have enough space to equip a numeric keypad. Some of the function keys are also reduced in size, namely the delete key and the arrow button cluster.

The touchpad of the device is supported by Precision driver, providing smooth and accurate navigation for users. The surface of the touchpad is smooth and flat, providing tactile feedback when pressed down.

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3DMark Sky Diver: 11816
Fire Strike: 3889
Time Spy: 1259
Cinebench CPU: 506
Graphics: 89.65fps
GeekBench 4004 (single core)
10404 (multi-core)
PCMark 8 Home Test: 3413
Battery life: 2 hours 40 minutes
Benchmark test results

The machine’s Intel Core i5 processor chip and Nvidia graphics card will give users just enough performance to perform well everyday tasks. The Precision 5520 that we used to write the review has a default configuration level, so the performance test results of the machine will be lower when compared to higher-end configuration models.

The Dell Precision 5520 achieved a single-core performance score of 4004 points when scored with Geekbench. However, the machine’s competitor, the MSI WS63, achieved a higher score of 4804 points thanks to its Intel Core i7-7700HQ chip, which supports Hyper Threading technology, which significantly improves multi-processing capabilities. duty.

Because there is no feature Hyper Threading, the Dell laptop struggled a bit in the multi-core performance scoring test, with an average result of 10,404 points. The machine’s competitors, thanks to being equipped with specific i7 chips, such as the WS63 and HP ZBook Studio G3, have measured results of 14,201 and 13,215 points, respectively.

Dell Precision 5520

The machine’s Nvidia card delivers improved graphics processing performance. In the graphics test Cinebench, the laptop achieved a result of 89.65 fps, lower when compared to the results of the MSI and HP.

The machine’s Core i5 processor chip has enough performance to perform basic daily tasks, but it will struggle a bit with tasks that require higher processing capabilities.

It has a pretty good battery life for a workstation laptop. In the battery life test with PCMark, the laptop powered off after 2 hours 40 minutes, surpassing the results achieved by HP laptops.

Throughout the test, the Precision 5520 maintained a stable body temperature, without experiencing thermal overload that affected overall performance.

The Precision’s 1080p IPS panel performed well in our technical tests. The screen of the machine has an impressive color contrast ratio of 1,718: 1, owns an impressive brightness of 320 nit.

The screen of the machine has a Delta-E color deviation index of 2.21 – the standard result of a laptop in the high-end segment.

The screen of the machine has a color coverage of 91.8% of the sRGB range but is only capable of displaying 66.8% of the Adobe RGB range.

Precision’s screen has not too bad specifications when compared to other models in the same segment, but it is not qualified to do graphic design jobs.

The speaker system of the machine is of average quality. The speaker of the device has a large volume and the voice is clear, but the mid range is not very clear.

The Dell Precision 5520 is a high-quality workstation laptop. This is a laptop with impressive looks, from the body surface finished with carbon fiber to the shell made of solid metal, the machine has excellent build quality and has a scientific design. The device is compact in size, allowing users to carry it around with ease.

The laptop’s quality exterior hides an impressive level of performance. The screen of the machine delivers good picture quality, and its Intel Core i5 chip and Nvidia Quadro card have enough power to do most of the user’s tasks efficiently.

It also has a good battery life for a workstation laptop, much longer than other models in the same price segment.

Dell Precision 5520

The Precision 5520 has certain limitations. The machine has a lower use value than competing models in the same segment. Specifically, the MSI WS63 is equipped with a higher configuration level even though it is sold at the same price range.

The screen of the machine, although brilliantly bright, does not have very high color accuracy, making this not the ideal laptop for doing graphic design work.

The Precision 5520 offers users a good level of performance and excellent build quality. Its Intel Core i5 chip and Nvidia Quadro graphics card allow users to work efficiently and accurately. It has excellent build quality, possesses a lightweight design, allowing users to carry the laptop easily and conveniently.

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total score

The Dell Precision 5520 is a workstation laptop. The machine has high build quality, good performance, compact design.


  • High build quality
  • Quality keyboard
  • Good graphics processing performance

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