I wanted a desktop that could run couple of VMs in parallel for testing purposes. This applies to both HyperV and VmWare Workstation VMs. This is proving to be an amazing machine. I have a triple boot system with Windows 7, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 in place. Works smoothly! With a 16 GB RAM and i7-3770 processor config that i have, I can easily run 4-5 VMs at a time.
PROS: 1. Bunch of ports. 2. Both USB 2 & 3 are on front and back. 3. Panel is easy to open. 4. Enough RAM for small businesses like mine. 5. Supports the kernel mode debugging via USB 2 in Windows. Good stuff for Windows driver developers. 6. Relatively quiet even when pushed to the limits with processing tasks. 7. RAID option is available.
CONS: 1. Adding a HDD requires a caddy. Extra caddy is not shipped by default. 2. Lack of IEEE 1394 port. But ok since it supports USB 2 debugging method.
From my experience with the desktop, I can safely say that this is a solid machine which can be trusted to give good performance and is reliable.
Pros:virtualization, software development
Response from Dell.comBy JohnBforDell, Customer Reviews, November 17, 2012
Thanks for the great review and the comments on the Precision T1650!
I ordered this computer a little over 2 weeks ago. From the very first time I plugged it in, it would not work. So far the customer service has sent out 2 service techs to my office. Neither one could even get the screen to turn on. So far Dell has sent me a brand new unit that still doesnt work, replaced the hard drive 3 times, and the media card 2 times. I have also spent over 10 hours of my time on the phone with 1 person or another. I will compliment the customer service representatives on their eargerness to help me. They have all been very nice and apologetic, but all I really want is for my BRAND NEW Computer to turn on!! Not one of them has been able to figure out what is wrong. In conclusion, I have owned 5 Dell computers over the last 15 years. In the past I have been very happy with Dell and loyal to the brand, but after this last purchase, I will never order a Dell computer again.
Response from Dell.comBy JonathanNforDell, Customer Reviews, April 17, 2013
I hate to see a loyal Dell customer such as yourself go through a series of disappointing experiences with Dell Support. I urge you to reach out to our SOS Support Team and see if they can turn these negatives into a positive one!
I have been buying Precisions for 3 years, and besides the shell, performance is about the same as my T1600. Dell is adding USB 3.0, but that is a minor improvement. My T1600 works well and so does the T1650 after 1 month.
Response from Dell.comBy VikramNforDell, Customer Reviews, November 12, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the Dell Precision T1650!
We value your feedback and will use it to make improvements to our existing products. I'm glad you are happy with your purchase.
My boss bought this product for us in the lab.We just installed some normal softwares on it,just like Word,Adobe,etc.However it almost crash down everyday!Furtermore every time after crash,you even can not restart it!Sometimes its fun just went crazy but nothing else!You have to cut off and plug out everything then restart it!It's so wired!!It's not a reliable product at all!So disappoint me!Not mention a workstation,it's much worse than my old laptop!I'll never buy a dell's product again!
Response from Dell.comBy SilangchiSforDell, Customer Reviews, September 24, 2012
Sorry to hear about the issue with this machine . I understand there could be an issue while installing the software however, we are always here to help you . If need any assistance , please feel free to reach our Dell support via- Facebook - http://bit.ly/HlJ9LZ Twitter@DellCares - http://bitly.com/P5W1OT Dell Community Forum - http://dell.to/GY65Xz
I'm sure we will be able to look up this issue for you . Besides , thank you for your feedback and take care !