Hands-On Review: Dell Precision 5760

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Dell’s latest generation of Precision workstations includes a 17-inch, slimline workhorse, the Precision 5760. The 5760 is fairly unique, because you don’t see many 17-inch laptops that offer this much power in such a lightweight form factor. We spent a few weeks with the Precision 5760 to see how it faired as a daily driver and where it might fit into various workflows. This is our review.

Dell 17" Precision 5760 Mobile Workstation
Dell 17" Precision 5760 Mobile Workstation

The New Dell Precision

At first glance, the latest iteration of Dell’s 5000-series 17-inch Precision laptop doesn’t look dramatically different from its predecessor. The new model features a strikingly similar—if not identical—aluminum chassis. It offers the same size touchscreen and resolution, the same caliber webcam, and roughly the same port configuration: four USB-C ports, a headset jack, and an SD card reader.

In fact, to locate a conspicuous difference between the Precision 5760 and its predecessor, you’ll need to look under the hood. There, you’ll discover multiple internal upgrades, including an updated Intel® Core™ processor, a significantly improved NVIDIA RTX GPU, and upgraded storage that now supports PCle4 NVMe.

Of course, those aren’t the only updates—just the most impactful. Support for the next generation of certain technologies is also onboard. For example, the USB-C ports we mentioned earlier now support Thunderbolt™ 4 and DisplayPort 2.0, a slight bump up from the previous generation, which “only” supports Thunderbolt™ 3 and DisplayPort 1.4.

Ports & Slots: 1. 2x Thunderbolt 4.0 Type-C | 2. SD card reader | 3. Headphone jack | 4. Lock slot | 5. 2x Thunderbolt 4.0 Type-C
Ports & Slots: 1. 2x Thunderbolt 4.0 Type-C | 2. SD card reader | 3. Headphone jack | 4. Lock slot | 5. 2x Thunderbolt 4.0 Type-C

Performance: Is the Dell Precision 5760 Good?

Before we talk about the Precision’s performance, let’s quickly go over our demo unit’s specs. Our rig featured an Intel® Core™ i7-11859H 8-core processor, an NVIDIA RTX A2000 graphics card, and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. As with most of its computers, Dell lets you spec the Precision to your liking, so the build you walk away with could be different than in ours. That’s something you want to keep in mind when considering performance.

After several weeks of testing, we can confidently say the Dell Precision 5760 is an all-around great performer, capable of handling all but the most demanding workloads. We ran it through a combination of real-world and simulated applications, focusing primarily on content creation.

The 17-inch display is great for digital artwork and post-production. Our unit featured the standard 1920 x 1200 panel, but colors still looked great, and the 500 cd/m2 brightness levels were more than enough to edit photos and video.

Speaking of photo work: The Precision 5760 absolutely shredded our Photoshop tasks, much quicker and with less fussing than our M1 Mac mini—which, if you weren’t aware, is really, really fast. To verify those results, we ran PugetBench benchmarks for Photoshop on our M1 Mac mini and the Precision 5760. Both scored well, but the Precision 5760 was faster, outpacing our Mac mini 951 to 887.

The Precision 5760 also scored marginally higher than the reported benchmarks of many of its peers, including best-in-class options like the HP ZBook Fury 15 G8 and the Gigabyte Aero 17.

Moving on to more demanding tasks like 3D rendering, the Precision 5760 held its own, either outperforming or keeping pace with other top-of-the-line mobile workstations. However, there is a cap to how much the Precision 5760 can reasonably handle. Once we started testing more extreme rendering tasks, it was clear that you would likely be better served by the more-powerful, less-mobile, beast-of-a-laptop Precision 7760.

Extreme workloads aside, the Precision 5760 offers outstanding performance that will allow most users and content creators to blaze through their workflow.

Value: Is the Dell Precision 5760 Worth It?

In general, mobile workstations tend to cost more than your average laptop—which makes sense. Workstations are typically more powerful. To function as a true desktop replacement, they tend to require more premium components and materials than a conventional laptop. It makes sense that they would carry a higher price tag. The Precision 5760 falls into that category of costing more than your average laptop, because it’s much more capable than your average laptop.

With that in mind, we think the Precision 5760 delivers great value and plenty of bang for your buck. Considering its portable design, excellent 17-inch display, and performance benchmarks, the Precision 5760 is a legitimate desktop replacement that can travel anywhere and tackle just about any workflow. That’s not something you can say about many 17-inch laptops.

Verdict: Is the Dell Precision 5760 Right for You?

Objectively speaking, the Dell Precision 5760 is an excellent laptop and a premier mobile workstation. It’s powerful, surprisingly portable, and unless you’re working with graphically intense applications like hardcore CGI rendering or large-scale VR, it can tackle whatever workflow you throw at it.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the Precision 5760 is the best option for everyone. If you’re looking for a work laptop that can also support more than just casual PC gaming, for example, the Precision 5760 isn’t your best option. Likewise, if you need a laptop that can handle the type of intense workloads we mentioned earlier, you’ll probably be better served by a beefier workstation like the beastly Precision 7760.

However, if you’re a content creator looking for a mobile workstation that travels light and packs some serious punch, then you should definitely consider the Precision 5760. We think it would also make a great daily driver for anyone in need of a reliable workstation or mobile business computer.

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