Do you really mean Notebook (ie. No internal CD/DVD drive, 12" to 14" screen) or Laptop?
What is your budget?
Check out the Business Outlets at HP and Dell. You can get terrific deals on mobile workstations that are fully certified by SolidWorks. The systems to look for are the HP 8530w and 8730w and the Dell Precion M4400 and M6400. Pricing is typically about 40% lower than retail and you get a full three year warranty.
Yeah, it depends which articles are read. I usually take Wikipedia with a pinch of salt till I find verification from other sources. In this case, the first sources I found verifiied my thinking. Many manufacturers blur the lines between names.
I'm sure oodles of other links could be found to 'verify' both our views.
So far have used a Dell 4300 and now a Dell4400 Precision laptop.
I would not recommend the 4300, especially for large assemblies and drawings. The 4400 is ok but large drawings seem to really drag it down. (Assemblies of around 3000 parts, drawings file around 15-20mb in size).
The current project I am working on is starting to push me into a desktop. Mobility is nice but stability and ease of use is more important. I have stuck with a laptop for the past 18 months as I travell a bit, but now need to look at a PC for in the office and a laptop for travel.
I am running Windows XP, 32bit, 4gb of Ram and a Quatro FX 1700M graphics card.
Hope this helps.
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