I am thinking about getting a laptop for using solidworks from home, It wouldnt be used heavily, I would still be using my desktop as a main computer.
Lenovo Thinkpad W520
Seems like a good option?
Last November I bought an HP 8560W mobile workstation for the same purpose. It is my main home PC, but set up to use Solidworks if I need it. It has the i7-2720 processor, which looks to be similar to the 2670 in speed and performance on the CPU Benchmark site. So far it was been working pretty well. I actually had to bring it in to the office because my 5 year old workstation could no longer open one of our large assembly drawings. The new laptop was able to do the job, but was not as fast as I hoped. I only have 8GB of memory and 16GB may have helped. I also wonder if a faster processor might have helped as well. As I have been researching a new desktop machine for work, I have noticed how much processor speed is important for SW performance. I would look for a faster processor option if I were buying again, and could afford it.
Got my laptop yesterday, solidworks seems to perform pretty well so far, better than I expected. Take some getting used to though running off one screen!
I'm shopping around myself, do you mind me asking how much it set you back? Can I go by the specs that you posted above?
It was about £1600 without office etc. I am very pleased with it so far, although i havnt done anything major with it yet. I think you can get a quadro 2000m in it, it may be better.
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