Dell Precision 5540 Mobile Workstation Review


This is the review of the Dell Precision 5540 Mobile Workstation by Andrew Marc David (AMDtech)
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Operating System2
Display Options
Storage Options4
Communication Options5
I/O Ports and Connectors
Dell Precision 5540 Technical Specifications
th Generation Intel Processors, up to Xeon® and CoreTM i9
Intel® Core™ Processor i9-9980HK, 8 Core, 16MB Cache, 2.40GHz up to 5.00GHz Turbo, 45W
Intel® Core™ Processor i9-9880H, 8 Core, 16MB Cache, 2.30GHz up to 4.80GHz Turbo, 45W, vPro
Intel® Xeon E-2276M, 6 Core Xeon, 12M Cache, 2.80GHz up to 4.70GHz Turbo, 45W, vPro
Intel® Core™ Processor i7-9850H, 6 Core, 12M Cache, 2.60GHz up to 4.6GHz Turbo, 45W, vPro
Intel® Core™ Processor i7-9750H, 6 Core, 12M Cache, 2.60GHz up to 4.5GHz Turbo, 45W
Intel® Core™ Processor i5-9400H, 4 Core, 8M Cache, 2.50GHz up to 4.3GHz Turbo, 45W, vPro
Microsoft® Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
Microsoft® Windows 10 Pro for Workstations 64 bit
Microsoft® Windows 10 Home 64 bit
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64-bit
RedHat 8.0
Intel Mobile CM246
8 GB , 1×8 GB , DDR4 , 2666 MHz , Non-ECC SDRAM
16 GB , 2×8 GB , DDR4 , 2666 MHz , Non-ECC SDRAM
32 GB , 2×16 GB , DDR4 , 2666 MHz , Non-ECC SDRAM
64 GB , 2×32 GB , DDR4 , 2666 MHz , Non-ECC SDRAM
Intel® UHD Graphics P630 (on Xeon Onlly)
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA Quadro® T1000 w/4GB GDDR5
NVIDIA Quadro® T2000 w/4GB GDDR5
15.6”, FHD, 1920 x 1280, Anti-Glare IPS, Non-touch, 100% sRGB color gamut
15.6”, UHD, 3840 x 2160, IGZO, Touch, 100% Adobe color gamut
15.6”, UHD, 3840 x 2160, OLED, Non-touch, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR 400
Support for two storage devices: one M.2 PCIe NVMe solid state drive and one 2.5” HDD drive:
Dell Fast Response Free Fall Sensor standard
2.5 in, 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA HDD FIPS
2.5 in, 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA HDD
2.5 in, 1 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA HDD
2.5 in, 2 TB, 5400 RPM, SATA HDD
M.2 2280, 256 GB, PCIe, Class 40 SSD
M.2 2280, 512 GB, PCIe, Class 40 SSD
M.2 2280, 1 TB, PCIe, Class 40 SSD
M.2 2280, 2 TB, PCIe, Class 40 SSD
M.2 2280, 512 GB, PCIe, Class 40 SSD OPAL SED
M.2 2280, 1 TB, PCIe, Class 40 SSD OPAL SED
M.2 2280, 512 GB, PCIe, Class 50 SSD
M.2 2280, 1 TB, PCIe, Class 50 SSD
Qualcomm® QCA61x4A 802.11ac Dual Band (2×2) Wireless Adapter+ Bluetooth 4.2
Intel® Dual Band Wireless AC 9560 (802.11ac) 2×2 (No Bluetooth)
Intel® Dual Band Wireless AC 9560 (802.11ac) 2×2 + Bluetooth 5.0
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2×2 .11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.0
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2×2 .11ax 160MHz (No Bluetooth)
Dual integrated high quality speakers and dual integrated noise cancelling digital array microphones standard
MaxxAudio® Pro by Waves
Integrated light sensitive HD and IR video webcam
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports w/Powershare
Thunderbolt 3 type C port
SD Card reader
HDMI port 2.0
Headphone jack
FingerPrint reader on power button (optional)
Type C to Ethernet dongle
Features & Technical Specifications
Feature Dell Precision 5540 Technical Specifications
Security6 Intel® vPro™ Technology (iAMT 12) (optional, requires Intel WiFi® Link WLAN and a vPro compatible processor), Dell
Client Command Suite available (, Factory Installed Dell Client Command | Update, Dell Command |
Power Manager
Intel® Platform Trust Technology
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
Chassis wedge-shaped security lock
Support for Computrace and SmartCard Reader
Touch Fingerprint Reader with Control Vault 3.0 (Advanced Authentication with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certification)
Dimensions Width X = 14.06” (357.23mm)
Depth Y = 9.27” (235.47mm)
Height Z = front 0.45” (11.48mm) – rear 0.66” (16.82mm)
Chassis color Aluminum Platinum Silver
Aluminum Titan Gray
Battery 3 Cell, 56 Whr Lithium Ion Polymer, ExpressCharge™ Capable Battery
6 Cell, 97 Whr Lithium Ion Polymer, ExpressCharge™ Capable Battery
Weight7 1.78kg (3.93lb) with FHD non-touch panel and SSD
Power Adaptor 130 Watt AC adapter (4.5mm barrel)
Regulatory and Environmental
Regulatory Model: TBA
Regulatory Type: TBA
EPEAT Registered. For specific country participation and rating, please see
BFR/PVC free9
Trade Agreements Acts(TAA) configurations available
TAA Configurations available YES (Check regional availability)


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  1. First time viewing your content, and really liked the style and overall video presentation. It was informative, well paced, and engaging; well done! I subscribed, and look forward to seeing more content from your channel.

  2. I have never had any problems with my dell products. My apple macbook on the other hand has a fan so loud i can hear it through my headphones and is going full blast even when just cruising youtube.

  3. Hi Andrew, very good review. just a little question. I notice the motherboard and hw blueprint seems quite the same of XPS model… which has serious overheating problems due to lack in cooling system. What about this model? did you perform stress tests? how it goes?
    I ask your opinion because I love my XPS but faced serious issues with hi-temp til melting down cpu.

    BR, Alberto

  4. What would you recommend for an architect student? I've been looking between this and the lenovo thinkpads budget is under 1.8k

  5. Great video as always! Would love more details about the thermal throttling, more specifically at what clock speed does is stabilize after 15 or more mins of intense workload?

  6. There is also a pen support for the 4K touch screen, while non-OLED, version of the 2019 Precision 5540.
    Unfortunately, I could not figure out the specific name/model of a compatible pen.
    Does anyone know that detail and may add some remarks about the quality of this pen suppprt ?
    A review would cearly be even better.

  7. In my opinions, I thought XPS design was used so much aged now. I think it time to change insides especially that keyboard, it was look like my old dell inspiron so much but except the outside body and display bezel , and this was very good review. Thanks 🙂

  8. nice looking laptop but not for heavy loads ! Slim laptop is a not good for those things .4k & touch screen in early ages yet , making a lot troubles
    It is good for showing off & easy tasks 🙂

  9. Andrew your reviews are awesome as always and it honestly gets better and better each video for the average person. Thanks again for your hard work.

  10. Please make a review on precision 7540,a workstation with a meaningful increase(about 50%) in performance from dell xps/inspiron/vostro/precision 5540.

  11. Hi Andrew I love your reviews!
    I would love you to compare the P1 Gen 2 and this one… They are definitely competitors and would be great to have a compare review about all the aspects you normally cover.
    I am thinking to get one of them… Still more in live with the Thinkpad…

  12. Do you know, how the performance compares to the i7 version? Especially considering the thermal throttling. Does it make sense to get an 8 core device or will the 6 core version give the same performance in the end?

    Also, what kind of work did you do for the battery life test? Will it be around 7 hours even for only light office work and web browsing?

    Thanks for covering the precision! Workstations don't get enough love, glad that you did this vid!

  13. This looks like a very good workstation laptop. The webcam is good compared to others we have seen in similar laptops. The easy access to the insides is a plus. This machine has plenty of power. The one drawback however is that for a 15 in laptop workstation, which is suppose to be usable for many applications, should include a full size ten key, especially for the price one is paying for this. I noticed the Lenovo workstation has a ten key on it. I guess that is the tradeoff. Each laptop has is good points and not so good points. Overall a very good laptop. Great review.

  14. Great review! I like the design of it, and I love that it has that battery indicator-I think more thin and light laptops should have one.

  15. do the computer manufacturers ask you to review their laptops or do you because every time u say the devices u review are on loan from the device manufacturers?

  16. HI Andrew, just a reminder that you wrote that it takes up to 32 GB, it can actually go till 64GB, love the channel 🙂

  17. it seems manufacturers finally are using better webcams on these laptops and workstations, still far from those 5mp selfies cameras on smartphones, but definitively usable, thank you for the review

  18. I am so happy that your channel is finally getting the attention and subscribers it deserves. Will reach 100k soon! Also, I like your intros and outros. Somehow the lighting seems off in a few scenes, it would be better if you shot the laptop scenes in a brighter background. Been following you for almost two years now. Keep up the great work!


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