Not that easy choosing a Laptop.

  Ex plorer 15:22 27 Jan 2011

Hi I often see people asking for help as to which Laptop would best suit them and my son asked me What laptop would best serve his needs.

He is an architect and free lances.

His budget is £1000 and I said I would look into it and its not as easy as I thought.

If any one would care to look at my choice and comment please do so.

I would like to find the release date of below laptops but I am finding it difficult.

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  GaT7 16:20 27 Jan 2011

What kind of specialist software will he be running on it? G

  Ex plorer 16:33 27 Jan 2011

If I remember right its acad, revit, 3D max, In design.

  GaT7 16:54 27 Jan 2011

I think those will benefit by having a workstation-type graphics card. But this alone can greatly increase the price of a laptop.

Running the Dell Workstation Advisor click here, turned up this result for 'Show me the most cost effective' solution click here.

Dell Precision M4500 & M6500 (£1049+) click here.

On account of the prices, I think he'll do better with a desktop instead. Desktop offerings start at £550 click here (access the tabs there for better models). G

  Ex plorer 17:19 27 Jan 2011

I agree with the Desktop and did mention it to him.

I spent three days looking at laptops and his requirements and you pointed me in the right direction in a few minuets.

Many thanks for your help I also like the on sight guarantee by Dell.

If he does go the laptop way I supose he could have a larger monitor to help him.
I think I will start again with your links and scrub my Choices.
Thanks again.

  GaT7 17:29 27 Jan 2011

The graphics card choice is a bit debatable though, isn't it?

I'm not sure how much a workstation GPU really helps with these kinds of software, & is it worth paying the premium? I think only those who use these software packages on a regular basis will be in the best position to advise. What I'm trying to say is that it may be best to pose your queries at a dedicated aCAD, Revit, etc forum as well.

Anyway, whatever he decides to go for eventually, I hope it meets his needs well for the price he will pay. G

  Ex plorer 16:16 31 Jan 2011

I have gained quite a lot of knowledge on work stations over the past few days on specs on graphics cards and min Specifications screen resolution etc.

Unfortunately the budget of now a max £1100 is still short of most 17Inch laptop work stations for CAD.

I would like to try and build one on line where I can remove or add as I want.

Question is who are the best out there with a good reputation.

Unfortunately a desk top is not suitable at the moment neither is a second monitor suitable to run from say a 15 inch laptop.

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