New laptop workstation
I upgraded my (old) workstation several months ago and sold most of the monitors and desktop components.
Inspired by working in a corporate setting where much of the work is conducted on laptops in dynamic environments, I decided I didn’t want to be locked down to a desktop set up anymore. I wanted something that had the power and beast-like attitude of a desktop PC, but was fully portable and could be taken anywhere.
The XPS 9560 was just released, there was an eBay sale + Dell coupon available (giving me a 30% discount off RRP) so I decided to go for it!
After months of use… I have not been disappointed!
- 7th Gen i7-7700HQ Quad Core
- 20GB DDR4-2400Mhz RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- 15.6” FHD (1920x1080) InfinityEdge display
I decided to go for the FHD as opposed to the 4k screen, despite this being a tough decision. I’d mostly be using them with 2 x external U2713HM monitors anyway, so the resolution didn’t bother me too much. I’d rather save the cash and have battery life advantages.
The InfinityEdge (extremely thin bezel) is simply beautiful. I don’t think I could go back to a thick bezel again after using something as wonderful as this.
The TB16 dock allows for multiple monitor configurations and ports, extra USB ports, ethernet and some other stuff that compliments a desktop workstation quite well. It seemed a nature fit and I’m glad I dished out the extra cash on it.
I’m also using a Rain Design mStand which is adds to the aesthetics of the whole set up. Levelling the laptop screen with the monitor screens is also a nice touch. Looking down at desk-height can be bothersome.
I can’t forget the keyboard either ― the Dell WK717 Bluetooth/Wireless keyboard. Weighing about 400g, it’s very light. The typing is incredible. Really quiet, feels good to type on. Probably one of the best keyboards I have owned. Each key press feels lovely and pushy! It has never missed a beat (a key, in this circumstance) and the Bluetooth performance is rock solid. The function keys even translate for different operating systems (even MacOS in a virtual machine!)