The Dell Precision 5520 Now Comes in an Amazing Ubuntu Developer Edition


I think I remember this, and I wonder if you do too. Back in 2012, there was a significant transition Dell went through into Linux hardware. This transformation among the two companies, which Dell dubbed Project Sputnik, occurred when the tech giant began offering Ubuntu pre-installed in some of its developer-class laptops. This gave a tremendous advantage to the makers and programmers out there, who greatly enjoyed Dell’s hardware and makeup, but preferred and thrived using Ubuntu as their primary software environment. Now 2017 is here, and Dell has widened the offering even further, to a larger array of PC and laptop models.

The 2017 Precision 5520, starting at $1,399 (yet easily configurable to the two and three thousand dollar mark), is available with Windows 10 Pro out of the box, and has been considered a head-turner since its release earlier this year. Along with its “thinnest” and “lightest” workstation entitlement, performance is also incredible, pre-installed with the best of Intel, meaning 7th Gen Intel Core, as well as professional-grade graphics, epic battery life, and a lot of storage.

So let’s dive right into what a 5520 Ubuntu Linux Developer Edition can offer. One thing that is without a doubt for certain, is the fact that Dell’s Project Sputnik computers are designed and developed for developers (duh?), and real workers. Another series, the Dell XPS 13 9360s, are also known for the same idea (pictured stacked on top of the Dell Precision 5520 laptop), and are highly comparable to these Precision models. Still, the brand new Precision series are proving to be even better for various reasons. They’re built with more RAM, up to 32GB compared to the 16GB on the XPS 9360, gobs of high-end power, and a battery life lasting an epic 11 to 12 hours.

Most importantly, or at least the main feature of these developer models, is the yummy software running along the top notch hardware you’re about to hear about. Running on the Dell Precision 5520 is Ubuntu 16.04, the long-term support edition; a far more secure OS than Windows, meaning, there isn’t room for any ransomware when you’re blinking (yes, even the ultimate Windows editions will spark random content in your face). Also more developer-friendly is the processing punch that comes along with the Precision, with an Intel Core i5-7440HQ by default, and all the way up to the super powerful Intel Core Xeon 3 GHz E3-1505 v6 CPU processor. The default model comes with an Intel 639 HD GPU, while the higher-end processors come with Nvidia’s Quadro M1200, alongside 4GB of video RAM. Other specs include up to 32GB of RAM, and an SSD card holding 512GB.

Have you noticed? Have you? These specs pretty much make for one of the fastest computers you could hold in the form of a 4.4 pound laptop. Oh yes, external physique and display. The 15-inch laptop features a machined aluminum lid, carbon fiber body, and a soft-touch wrist deck for the kind of keyboard comfort you could type on all day. Just like the original 2017 Precision 5520 model, the screen is bezel-free, featuring Dell’s very own InfinityEdge, with a 3840 x 2160 display. Finally, talk about generous connectivity, with a USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt, two USB 3.0 Type-A’s, an HDMI port, SD card reader, and a Kensington Lock. Oh, and if you’re interested in the latest Linux kernel, 4.12, it happens to be faster than lightning, compiling in just under 129 seconds total (the competing XPS 13 took a good 300 seconds for the same job). It’s obvious this workstation is meant to get serious business done- multi-tasking and accomplishing smoothly is rich and obvious here. The only thing is, are you one to put down up to $3,000 for the kind of power you want?

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