I am considering a GoBoxx MXL laptop to run Solidworks. Anyone have experience with Boxx?
I have used a couple generations of their machines, but all desktops. Been mostly very happy. Only issue I have right now is the new power panels on the Apexx 2's use a vinyl power button and it seems cheap... otherwise, only issues we have seen are more from new chipsets not yet having full driver / solidworks support, always resolved after the vendors get their drivers caught up.
Support from Boxx is way above average in my experience.
I can't say enough good things about Boxx. I am using a GoBoxx G2725 which is not a current model but is a great laptop. It's pretty heavy which is not an issue with the newer models that I checked out at SWW2016. It's my second Boxx with the first being a workstation 8550. That machine is still in use as well. I am running OptisWorks and Zemax LensMechanix add-ins that take advantage of multicore so more is better and so is speed. Support has been absolutely the best. My associate is running Zemax OpticStudio on an Apex 2 which he carts around like a laptop (if you have peripherals at home). I would be happy to pass along my contact there if you want to shoot me a message.
I would also look at XI Computers. I have been happy with my purchases with them in the past. They also have SolidWorks in house so their techs actually know what they are configuring to and why. Just to see, I picked all the same options between the BoxxMXL and the XI PowerGo and the PowerGo was $1000 less expensive. I'll take that extra $100 and put more RAM than I need, Larger SSD or two and 3 years support and still have $200 left over. Worth looking into for sure.
Of course the XI is cheaper. It's... Cheaper. Uses the 6700HQ processor, not the 6700K (noticeable performance drop in the HQ), uses a 2GB GTX 950M ($150 "budget" GPU) which is a gaming card and not supported by SolidWorks VS the 4GB Quaddro M3000M workstation card ($800), and other noticeable differences. You might be able to configure the XI to the same specs by doing a custom quote, but their online builder does not allow for a comparable matchup to even the low end GoBOXX.
If the XI suits your needs, great. But you won't get the same performance unless you do a true custon build, which will increase your cost greatly.
Apples and oranges.
I don't get any benefit one way or another. But. I have used both. And also. I clicked Apples to Apples for options. So the configurations were exactly the same. Same processor, same RAM. XI offers 2666 Mhz Ram so I had to pick only what Boxx offers. I also pick the same video card, the 3000M to make sure to pick the supported and matching card. And XI custom builds everything. So not noticeable differences. The default that you read would be over $2000 cheaper and yes not an acceptable option. Customizing the XI options so the configurations are the same, makes it $1000 less. Which then for fun, I upgraded the RAM to 64 GB, a second 256 GB PCIe SDD and 3 years support and like I said still came in $200 shy of the BOXX. It's pretty cool when you actually look into it and actually click the buttons for the configuration.
I've always heard good things about Xi from users I respect but never had cause to try them out. All of the vendors (Boxx, Xi, Dell, etc) will work with you a bit on price within reason.
When I went to the xi site, it didn't give the option to change processor or GPU. I didn't know you had to maneuver about so much to do so, as I first got there through a Google search and took me to option system 1.
Found it this time, and am guardedly impressed by the price. I'd like to see an actual benchmark done, as typically there are good reasons for such price differences, but it could be worth a deeper look to those in the market.
Boxx is solid. Customer service (the one time I've had to use them) is great. They're right in Texas so it's easy to decipher what they're saying vs. call centers across the Pacific.
i purchased a Boxx laptop last year and am very happy with it.
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