Six months ago I received an email from our IT Department. Good news, my old 3.5 KG Dell Latitiude E6540 (with a big battery) was out of warranty. The Surface Pro wasn’t announced yet but because of the rumors, I didn’t want to go with a soon-to-be-old Surface Pro 4. And I must say I wanted a notebook that I can place on my Bobby Notebook Stand.
I also didn’t want the standard models like the E7270 or E7470 with i5 and Full-HD. Because I sometimes need to run Hyper-V Labs at customers, I wanted a High Performance machine. I took the Dell Precision 5510 with the following specs:
Intel i7-6820HQ CPU
15.6 4K Touch Screen
16 GB memory which is expandable to 32 GB
NVIDIA Quadro M1000M
512 GB SSD
The 4K screen is absolutely gorgeous! Windows 10 scales much better in 4K than before and works great with Server 2016 in RDP. If you RDP a lot to older Operating Systems, I can recommend to scale back to Full HD. I also recommend not to sit in full sunlight because of the glare.
The device is absolutely silent in idle. Isn’t that always the case when a device is in idle?! Let me tell you that I’ve worked with several devices from different vendors and it’s not. Of course you will hear the fans when you spin up a Hyper-V Lab but it’s still not bad.
The case itself with the thin bezels, the aluminium design and the big touchpad is fantastic. The gestures from Windows 10 are working smooth and fast with the touchpad and the keyboard is solid.
So after six months I’m still happy with the Dell Precision 5510. Is there a device where I want to trade it for?! Yes, the Surface Book of course. 🙂
Would you buy a new television when only the CPU is slightly faster, but the screen quality is worse? Would you buy a new phone, when it’s only slightly faster than the old model? Well, that’s the position I’m currently in. Last year I wanted to buy a new iPad. I was looking for an iPad around the iPad Air 2 price range. It’s just for home-use like Netflix, Spotify and HomeKit, so I’m absolutely not a Pro user. I didn’t want to buy a device that was released 2 years ago. You know Apple is probably working on a refresh. And you want to keep the device as long as possible, so a refresh will give you a new update-cycle. So you wait for that new model to get launched. A colleague was in the same boat just like me, so we waited for next year to come.
This week I received my new monitor, the Dell UltraSharp U3415W Curved as a replacement for my Dell UltraSharp U2312HM Triple Screen setup. My workplace is going to be part of my living room this year, so I don’t want a triple screen setup there. After I placed the screen on my desk, I had a “WOW” moment. Absolutely beautiful screen and design of the Dell screen. Don’t expect a full review here, but just some things you should know before you buy this monitor.
Microsoft is pushing everything to an “As a Service” model. I think that’s great because of – for example – staying in control of licenses and costs. Microsoft recently announced the “Windows 10 as a Service” and “Surface as a Service” services. The Surface Pro 4 is a fantastic device, but in my opinion lacks a couple of essential features to classify it as an Enterprise Device. I worked with large organizations and the first 2 check boxes on the acceptance list are:
The device needs a Kensington lock
The user needs to provide the BitLocker PIN to start the device
I think those points are really necessary for an enterprise device. Without a Kensington lock, a device can be easily stolen during a short break. (Or do you take your Surface with you when going to the toilet?!) Most organizations require that a BitLocker PIN is needed to unlock the device. It’s possible to use an on screen keyboard during the preboot screen, but I don’t see any business using this. Mark Morowczynski from Microsoft says that this is because an attacker can connect to the machine using DMA or retrieve the secrets from memory. The Surface Pro 4 DMA connector is soldered on the motherboard, but the memory can still be easily stolen without a Kensington lock!
So what do you think? Should Microsoft add the Kensington lock to the Surface Pro 5?
My current work phone is a Lumia 925. Because it’s 2 years old, I can choose a new phone. This is a very hard choice, because I like the design of the iPhone, but I prefer Android above iOS. It would be an easy pick if I could choose the Nexus 6P, but the iPhone SE and the Nexus 5X are some really good competitors. I’ll use this blog post to help with my decision. Maybe it will help you as well. Continue reading “Nexus 5X 32 GB vs iPhone SE 16 GB”→