Dell Precision 7780 review: Unbeatable power with a sizeable display

A powerhouse of a laptop that is perfect for creative professionals

Dell Precision 7780
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Our Verdict

The Dell Precision 7780 is a high-performing and well-engineered laptop that has the power that modern-day creative professionals crave. Intel's i7 CPU and Nvidia's RTX 3500 GPU are the brains behind the machine and they won't let you down. I love the 17.3-inch display that has enough screen real-estate to handle applications such as Blender, Photoshop, and DaVinci Resolve. I would have liked to have seen a better placed trackpad and 4K display resolution but these are minor issues on an otherwise impressive laptop.

For

  • Super powerful Intel CPU
  • Large 17.3-inch display
  • Plenty of connectivity options

Against

  • Poor trackpad placement
  • Heavy and not portable
  • Display lacks 4K resolution

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The Dell Precision 7780 is a professional laptop with creatives in mind. A high-performance CPU and equally impressive GPU make this an ideal laptop for 3D visualisers, video editors, and graphic designers. Head to the 'performance' section for more detailed tests.

The laptop continues to target creative professionals with a 17.3-inch 16:9 aspect ratio display. Many would prefer a bit more screen real estate that a 16:10 display affords, but that would make the chassis larger and heavier. Although not directly targeted at gamers, the UHD 120 Hz refresh rate is more than enough for smooth gaming.

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Specs as tested
Row 0 - Cell 0 Row 0 - Cell 1
CPU13th Gen Intel Core i7-13850HX
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 3500 Ada 12GB GDDR6
Memory32GB, 1x32GB 5600MT/s CAMM, non-ECC
Screen size17.3-inch
ResolutionFHD+ (1920x1200)
Refresh rate60Hz
Storage1TB, M.2 2280, Gen 4 PCIe NVMe, SSD
Connectivity3x Type-C, 2x Type-A, HDMI, SD Card, Ethernet, Smart Card Reader, 3.5mm audio jack
Dimensions398 x 265 x 28.5 mm
Weight3.05 kg
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Geekbench 6:CPU single-core: 1,968CPU multi-core: 9,450
Row 1 - Cell 0 GPU OpenCL: 100,785Row 1 - Cell 2
Cinebench 2024:CPU single-core: 1,457CPU multi-core: 15,024
Handbrake:5m23s @98.7fpsRow 3 - Cell 2
Blender:Monster 169 (Samples per min)Row 4 - Cell 2
Row 5 - Cell 0 Junkshop 109 (Samples per min)Row 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Classroom 69 (Samples per min)Row 6 - Cell 2
The Verdict
8.5

out of 10

Dell Precision 7780

The Dell Precision 7780 is a high-performing and well-engineered laptop that has the power that modern-day creative professionals crave. Intel's i7 CPU and Nvidia's RTX 3500 GPU are the brains behind the machine and they won't let you down. I love the 17.3-inch display that has enough screen real-estate to handle applications such as Blender, Photoshop, and DaVinci Resolve. I would have liked to have seen a better placed trackpad and 4K display resolution but these are minor issues on an otherwise impressive laptop.

Paul Hatton
Writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.