Has anyone purchased the Lenovo W540 laptop and ran Solidworks on it? If so, how did it do?
I currently run SW on a W540. See my post in this thread. Re: Purchasing a cad laptop
I would like to add a few things that I have discovered so far since that post. I have installed SW2012 SP5 and SW2014 SP5.
SW2012 runs without any issues and have good "response" for user input. For SW2014 I have encountered that SW freezes for a few secs from time to time. E.g. when I want to do measurements and a feature. I can not today say if this is due to the installation of two SW versions or due to the laptop. Have not investigated it further since the we run SW2012 at the department for design. I installed SW2014 to get a brief feeling if it would be worth to push for at my office... but it is a bit on hold due to work with PDM. And we also might switch cad system later on...
Second thing to mention is that the graphics card that I got, the K1100M is not tested by SolidWorks. Not sure if this is the reason for why SW2014 is not running as I think it should... but worth to mention to you. The K2100M (which is possible to upgrade to) seems not to be tested either.
Here is my reference to the SolidWorks Graphics Card Drivers | SOLIDWORKS . It might be worth to get in touch with SolidWorks VAR to discuss this in detail with them before you purchase the laptop.
But, I must say that I'm overall satisfied with the W540 except for the touch pad, see mentioned post above. I would also recommend to get a SSD drive which makes the time to load things a lot faster.
Let me know if you have any further thoughts or questions.
I had a chance to demo a W540 and was quite disappointed with it. Here are my impressions:
I did not have a favorable experience with this laptop and I would look elsewhere.
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