Dell Precision 17 7770 review – its cooling needs a revamp

Design and construction

As this is a 17.3-inch workstation, it didn’t come as a surprise, when we found out its dimensions. Its profile is 25.95-26.7mm thick, while its weight is 3.02 kg. Overall, not too bad.

However, we can’t help but note the clunkiness of the device. We think that the only thing that “saves” this product is the fact that it will rarely be moved away from the office table. On the bright side, both the lid and the base are extremely rigid. The outer body panels are made out of aluminum, while the base uses an undisclosed material, which appears softer and warmer. This indicates either plastic or carbon fiber.

So, the lid here can be opened with one hand. Not only that, but it also goes all the way to a flat position. The bezels around the matte display might be a bit thick, but the top one houses an array of sensors, including a Full HD Web camera, an IR face recognition scanner, a privacy shutter, and others, which allow you to use the Awake and Log out functions.

Moving to the base, we find a backlit keyboard, which has a Number Pad. The latter features full-sized keys, which is great. Overall the typing experience is more than decent, thanks to the longer-than-average key travel and clicky feedback.

While the touchpad looks pretty small in the images, you shouldn’t be deceived. This is because of the large surface area of the laptop. In fact, the touchpad has a size of 80 by 115 mm. Its gliding is relatively smooth, while the tracking is very accurate.

Now, if we turn the laptop upside down, we will find the speaker cutouts, as well as the ventilation grill. Respectively, the exhaust vent is placed on the back of the device, and it is pretty big itself.


On the left side, you get a power plug, a LAN port, an HDMI 2.1 connector, USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, and a Smart Card reader. And on the right, a security lock slot, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port with a DisplayPort 1.4, an Audio jack, and an SD card reader.

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11 hours ago

despite the common verdict of the Precision 7770, and I agree their performance and design flaws aren’t worth their workstation price premium., but still I ordered one, and didn’t end up returning it. Why? Because on Dell’s Outlet store got one with i9, 64GB RAM, and 16GB A4500 GPU for a relative steal by combining discount codes totaling -81% off, paying $2,100 when sticker price was $9,865!!!!
It has met the needs of my academic research analyzing and training models on large engineering datasets, can even play Forza Horizon 5 at Ultra setting on 3440×1440 widescreen monitor at 60-75 FPS!