Tough decision buying a portable workstation!!!

  rcruk 14:37 13 Aug 2010

ThinkPad W701

Processor: Intel Core i7-820QM Processor (8M Cache, 1.73 GHz)
Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64
Operating system language: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 US English
Display type: 17" WUXGA RGB-LED-BL
System graphics: NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M 96-core CUDA parallel computing processor 1GB (dedicated)
Base: W701 Base for Planar eSATA, USB3.0
Total memory: 8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
Keyboard: Keyboard UK English
Pointing device: Ultranav + Number Pad + Fingerprint Reader
Storage subsystem: Internal RAID - Not Enabled
Primary Hard Drive: 320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive (12.7mm)
System expansion slots: Express Card(54mm) + Express Card(34mm)
Battery: 9 cell Li-Ion Battery
Power cord: Country Pack United Kingdom with DT Line cord & 230W AC adapter
Bluetooth: Bluetooth w/ antenna
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3 AGN)
Language pack: Language Pack UK English 230W AC adapter
ThinkPad Upgrade to 3 Year On-Site Service Next Business Day

£2,819.10 price inc VAT (5% discount confirmed) = £2678.15(possible 5% cashback Quidco) = £2544.24

Precision M6500

English Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64Bit OS) Recovery DVD included
Silver Base, Clarksfield, USB3 1
One Intel® Core™ i7-820QM(1.73GHz, 8MB,Quad Core) Memory runs at 1333MHz
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel (4x2GB)
1GB nVIDIA FX2800M (with 1GB dedicated memory)
English Set-Up and Features Doc for Graphic Cards
Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Backlit Keyboard
Raid Controller : All SATA Hard Drives, Non-RAID for 1 Hard Drive
500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) (Free fall sensor)
8X DVD+/-RW Drive Slot Load with Software included
Primary 9-cell 90W/HR Battery for Silver LCD Panel 1
Mobile Precision M6500 Diagnostics and Drivers
EMEA Dell Wireless 1510 (802.11a/b/g/n 2X3) Mini Card
EMEA Dell® Wireless 365 2.1 Bluetooth™
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 ( Excel Starter 2010, Word Starter 2010)
Dell Backup and Recovery Manager for Windows® 7
17in Widescreen WUXGA (1920x1200) Antiglare Silver with RGB Led LCD Panel
Targus Campus XL Backpack for laptops up to 17" - Black
UK/Irish 210W Slim AC Adapter with UK/Irish Power Cord
Integrated 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera with Microphone for Silver Base
Silver with RGB LED LCD Back Cover
5Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
English Trend Micro™ Internet Security(15 month subscription) Antivirus Software

Quote inc VAT on negotiation = £2992.77

Kobalt Comanche

Chassis - :: Comanche 17" 1920x1200 WUXGA X-Glass
Processor - :: Intel® Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor 2.8GHz 8MB Cache 45nm
Video Card - :: NVIDIA® GTX 480M 2GB GDDR5 DX11
Memory - :: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1066MHz 2x 4GB DIMM
Hard Drive - :: 500GB Western Digital 7,200rpm with 16MB Cache
Hard Drive 2 - :: None Selected
Hard Drive 3 - :: None Selected
Hard Drive Config 1 - :: No RAID
Operating system 1 - :: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Optical Device 1 - :: 8x DVD±R/W
Keyboard - :: English UK
7 in 1 card reader - :: 7 in 1 card reader
Soundcard - :: Integrated High Definition Audio
Warranty - :: 3 Year - European Collect & Return
System Recovery - :: Kobalt System Recovery Kit and Backup Software On Internal Drive

Price in VAT (free shipping was only offer) = £2740.50

I didn't plan on spending more than £2500, infact my target was £2000, please help me decide which of the above to choose!

The software I use is: Revit 2010, AutoCAD 2011, SketchUp and CS4.

How the computer looks (I like the Kobalt and Dell looks, but dislike the Lenovo) feels and ease of use. Customer/technical service from the supplier. ease of updating components. Compatibility with software and external devices. I do play game and they're pretty demanding graphically - primarily tactical fps and strategy, would be great to improve this experience as much as possible, but not at the expense of my work applications.

I use CS4 to prepare presentations and compile presentation boards - clean up hand drawings for insertion into presentations, tailor photos and insert models etc. In terms of CAD work, modelling is fairly complex work with nurbs and parametric models, I use sun shadow projections etc and Revit's Mental Ray render system. I may move on to 3dmax at some point or something similar. In terms of portability, weight is not an issue.

  Forum Editor 01:15 14 Aug 2010

for no other reason than the fact that I've recently been using one myself. The build quality is superb - as it should be - and without a doubt it's the fastest machine I've ever used.

The display is superb - crystal clear and sharp, with stunning colour.

I can't rate this machine highly enough, but be warned - it weighs a ton; not something you'll want to lug around to meetings or take on a trip too often.

  [email protected] 09:14 18 Aug 2010

ease of updating components? it seem nobody would update their component of computer, just update the RAM, your configuration is high enough.i think Thinpad is ok.

  wee eddie 09:31 21 Apr 2011

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