Keep 17" Precision Models Professional - 16:10 Displays, USB 3.0 & Firewire
Dear Dell Precision Team:
I really debated over purchasing the M6500 for nearly a year, but I bought a $5000 MacBook Pro instead because the forums didn't lead me to believe that the entire M6500 featureset was reliable and properly implemented. Keep in mind the M6600 will be passed over as well if certain criteria are not met. This idea won't get a lot of votes because there aren't a lot of workstation users, but it doesn't mean that it doesn't represent a fair share of that market. Here we go:
1) 17-inch 16:10 1920 x 1200 Pixel Displays are Perfect, so DON'T mess with this! A 17-inch 16:9 display is a write-off, so ignore your suppliers on that and insist on high-quality RGB-LED IPS 16:10 Displays for the future high-end. Touchscreen and 3D are cool options too, but not as important as aspect ratio. No Compromise.
2) Great USB 3.0 and Firewire Performance. Make sure USB 3.0 works well out of the box (unlike the M6500), and keep the 6-pin Powered 1394 port on the M6500 intact or even upgrade it to Firewire800. Use the highest quality controllers that you can on every component. No Compromise.
3) Low Latency Drivers are Key. Make sure that all those beautiful components don't get in the way of the CPU being able to deliver the realtime performance we desperately need. If this means implementing hardware RAID instead of software RAID, or custom USB drivers, then do it. No Compromise.
I want to believe that the M6600 will not make the mistakes the M6500 made; and that it won't introduce more setbacks of it own. Dell Precision means No Compromise, so deliver on it.
P.S. It is advisable to start implementing Thunderbolt in the next generation of workstations. This standard will affect a lot of future pro A/V gear.
Bring back the 16:10 displays