Dell Precision 3541 Power Tests
We ran the Dell Precision 3541 through a series of battery tests to find out just how long the 6 Cell (99 WHr) would last. After each test, the battery was again fully charged and then the next test started.
PowerMark tests would run until the battery was at 15% charge.
Battery life is the strong point of the Dell Precision 3541. The Lenovo ThinkPad units have higher-end but also higher-power GPUs. That is great for GPU performance, but it is not good for battery life. The Dell Latitude 7300 gave us a 731 minute time on this test which the Dell Precision 3541 just beat by 35 minutes. This is certainly in the all-day productivity category.
Dell Precision 3541 Boot-Time
BootRacer is an app that will tell you how long your computer takes to boot. It will measure the actual time your PC takes to get to the windows boot process, then measure the actual Windows OS boot time.
BootRacer is a free download for personal use and can tell you if your PC is booting slower over time or after you have installed apps.
We ran Bootracer on the Dell Precision 3541 after we set everything up before any other apps were installed. Over time and use, installing other apps, you might find that the laptop might start to slow down or take longer to boot. The best practice is to keep your laptop clean of unwanted applications that affect booting times.
The Dell Precision 3541 boots fast with a usable time of 19 seconds to start working on the desktop. During the workday, most users will put the unit to sleep by closing the lid, opening the lid results in almost instant use availability.
As we would expect, there are many different configurations for the Dell Precision 3541. With processors we found the Intel Core i7-9750H gave the Dell Precision 3541 a significant punch for CPU based workloads, one can even configure the unit with an Intel Xeon E-2276M 6 core/12 Thread processor along with ECC memory for those that would prefer this. The highest processor option would be an Intel Core i9-9880H 8 core/16 thread CPU. We do feel that graphics processing is holding the Dell Precision 3541 back with the NVIDIA Quadro P620, it simply does not have the graphics punch one might want. There is no higher-level GPU option for the Dell Precision 3541. As a result, the Quadro P620 is there for having certified drivers, not because it is a maximum performance option.
One can purchase Dell Precision 3541 notebooks start at only $879 list price for very basic configurations. Our review sample is configured to cost around $1,954 at list price for a higher-end configuration. The Dell Precision 3541 does show excellent processing power and exceptionally long battery life which mobile users would be very happy with.