Dell Precision 5770 

In March, Dell quietly announced their new 70 series precision laptops, including the 5470, 5770, and 7770 with units slated to ship in mid to late June and July. I was fortunate enough to get to test out one of these units (the 5770 pre-production release) before they actually released to the public. Boy oh boy was I surprised with just how impactful this year’s refresh actually was.

I’m not sure why there hasn’t been more buzz for these laptops but there definitely should be! My first impression of the 5770 was one of amazement and awe. Dell has come such a long way over the past 5 or 6 years and has really delivered a professional-level platform that performs precisely as it should with today’s advancements in technologies. The new 5770 uses the new Alder lake Intel i9 16-core series processor (which tops out around 5GHz) and the newest version of the Nvidia RTX A3000 which now boasts an impressive 12GB of VRAM (coupled with that of up to 64GB of new DDR5 memory). The new processor uses efficiency cores during less processor intense use and then switches to performance cores when you really need the power and juice. This combination allows for a much more seamless transition from simple web browsing and word processing to being able to process ultra-high resolution video in programs like Davinci Resolve, Above Premiere Pro, and Cinema4D. 

As a content creator, cinematographer, and editor having a laptop that is ultra-lightweight and powerful on the go are a must-have. I’ve been using the Precision line for the last 3 years almost exclusively for my business and have taken them across the globe for multiple feature film productions and commercial advertising work. I wouldn’t be able to leave home without them because I couldn’t do my job without their power. 

So how’s performance in real-world situations? 

Simply put, Dell keeps pushing the boundaries on what’s possible to achieve in a small, lightweight package. While I can’t share specific benchmarks of the unit, I can say I was able to throw incredibly complex high-resolution content (full-res 8k to 12k resolution), view it all back in real-time and on a true 8k timeline with absolutely no stuttering or playback issues. I was also able to view those files back on the Windows 11 desktop natively without having playback issues in 8k, which I’ve never seen from any laptop I’ve ever used. When I compare it to the previous versions of the Dell Precision lineup I can say with complete certainty that these laptops are the fastest on the market, for both Windows and MacOS systems. Without saying a specific number, I can easily say that the new Gen4 technology allows you to do more and experience more in almost every application that’s out there (and it’ll really put a smile on your face!) saving you time and money. Transfer speeds from internal NVMe drives to external USB3.2/TB4 NVMe drives allow you to move files back and forth at the full bandwidth without having to wait extended periods of time thanks to the new Gen4 upgrade. 

What’s one aspect I think makes this laptop a game-changer? 

For me the most impressive aspect is the new Gen4 bandwidth technology coupled with the new NVIDIA RTX A3000 GPU which now gives you even more workflow options with the 12GB of VRAM – for me, this is crucial, especially in applications like Davinci Resolve and the Unreal Engine which are both VRAM heavy applications. I can do more without having to sacrifice resolution or image quality which allows me to deliver more content on the go without having to wait to bring it back to my office.

What’s something I wish Dell would add to this platform? 

I think there are always areas for improvement and Dell has certainly knocked it out of the park (again). There’s honestly not a lot anyone could ask for, but if there’s one thing I think that’s lacking, it’s the ability to view 120Hz content and applications. I do hope Dell releases more 120Hz monitor/screen options because this will open the door to better quality of life uses, for gaming, and reduce eye stress/fatigue when viewing applications for long periods of time. 

My end verdict

The most disappointing thing for me was having to give the laptop back after testing! Dell gave me a taste of what the future holds and it’s making me hungry for more. I definitely plan on picking one of these units up as soon as they’re available because I know it’ll make my workflow more efficient and speedy, especially with tedious production deadlines. If you’re in the market to upgrade then I will say now is definitely the time to do that! There are so many possibilities (with any) of these laptops and you won’t be mad at how fast they are. Buckle up!