Are there any recommended laptops for SW10? Can they be purchased with a professional level card or just gamer cards?
Does anyone recommend a vendor? (Anyone other than Xi please)
Lenovo also sells workstation class laptops with pro video cards.
Chris & Anna,
Thanks, I'll check into them!
You can also look at Eurocom which makes a variety of high end laptop workstations that are upgradeable. www.eurocom.com.
Yes, Xi and Boxx also sell a version like Eurocom using the same chassis and motherboard.
Be aware though that these are huge, heavy laptops, with a large brick for a power supply.
If you want something to drag around in a backpack, the Eurocom, Xi and Boxx offerings are not the best choice.
Thanks for showing me Eurocom, I've never heard of them but they look like nice machines.
I'm using a Dell M6400 as my primary SolidWorks workstation now (spec's in my profile). It has a Quadro FX 2700M video card, so yes, you can get mobile workstations with 'professional level cards'. The only drawback is screen size - it's a step down from operating on a 22" widescreen LCD. I'm getting a docking station and monitor to use in the office. When we were quoting these machines, our IT department would only consider Dell's mobile workstations and HP's Elitebook 8730w. I couldn't get them to budge on having Boxx or Xi quote equivalent systems. Best of luck finding what you need/want in a mobile workstation.
Out of all the newly released workstation-grade laptops, the one that caught my eye is HP's 8440W. It is, I believe, the only 14" laptop with the new i7 CPU and a somewhat decent Quadro card, if you don't mind the lower FX380m.
Some reviews here:
There's the 15" version too, 8540W, with an even more powerful FX880m card and USB 3.0 port.
Regardless, you can't go wrong with any of Big 3 workstation grade laptops - HP' Elitebooks, Dell's Precisions, or Lenovo Thinkpad W5xx/W7xx lines. I'm a Thinkpad aficiniado, but they stopped offering a 14" version since the T61p so I'm forced to look elsewhere.
I've even seen people with Macbook Pros running Bootcamp and Solidworks just fine. =)
And those MBP has just been updated this week inline with its PC counterparts (i5-i7 processors).
Thanks for the info everyone! We have decided to go with a Dell of some sort. I gave the specs and recommendations and left it up to IT to purchase a far cheaper and underpowered machine
Dell has an outlet website that has some good deals on workstations (laptop included)! Look for the "Precision" series.
I think that's the direction they are going. We get a fair discount from Dell so we'll most likely use them, plus this laptop is going to get the home license for the Boss to play around on (may happen a handful of times at best) in his spare time.
Basically we went from a "workstation" to a "personal" type computer. Cost was a major factor and actual usage was next. Originally I was hoping there was a new kid on the block we could look into.
Thanks again for the useful information and recommendations!
Hey all. I am restarting this thread as I am currently looking at this option. It is time for a replacements of my desktop so I am wondering if a a workstation grade laptop is a viable option. I will have a docking station and use my 22" monitor in the office but looking at a Dell 17" laptop to replace my desktop. My IT guys are looking at the specs.
My question is how are these working for folks here? Is it a real option to go this way. I'm told we will be setting up with this new RiverBed Technology so working from home I will be able to use our network and Vault with similar speed to in office use. Still I'm curious if a laptop can handle day to day full bore designing. I am doing a lot of skid and pipe design using weldments and router. Lots of asseblies and drawings so I need to make sure I don't get hangups from external references and such.
Please give me some feedback.
You may find quite a bit of information across this thread:
Not a lot of experience with laptops/Solidworks, but it sounds like quite a number of people use them when they need the mobility. There will be a bit of a premium monewise for doing so, but I'd guess a decent computer can handle the majority of the the things Solidworks does.
Let us know how the connectivity works out with the vault across the web. My experience is that a good IT setup is essential, my gut feel is that you may have problems every now and then with bandwidth from a home application but I guess it's highly dependent on your ISP and the connection quality in your area.
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