Hi, I am looking for a new reasonably high end laptop to run solidworks.
It should be portable so no bigger than a 15" screen; I will use an external monitor if needed. And it should have no less that a full I7 Quad-Core processor.
The price needs to be under $1500 and that is for ultra-high end. I would prefer something in the $1200 range.
This seems like a good option from Dell:
Upgraded with the I7 2760QM it comes out to 1039+tax. It only has 2 GB of ram, but I can get another 8 of my own for under $40, I can even afford to add an SSD HD.
The graghics card is FirePro M5950 which is more than adequate for solidworks according to http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-FirePro-M5950.51673.0.html
This is the same laptop with some more features:
It has 8GB ram and a 750GB (vs 320) hard drive and a 9-cell battery for $1189 or $150 more.
I know that these have the slightly older I7, but it should still be more than fast enough.
The latest M4700:
Is $1289 with the quad-core and stll would need more memory, and I don't think the new I7 and M4000: http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-FirePro-M4000.77893.0.html
are worth the price premium.
I am welcome to any other suggestions you can give me, but so far these are the best I have found.