8 Replies Latest reply on Jul 11, 2013 8:29 AM by Alan Sweetenham

    Help me chose a laptop. (Student Mechanical Engeneering)

    Dennis Goossens

      Hi everyone,

      A few months ago I asked you for help chosing a laptop for me.

      I would have liked a non-profesional laptop (for SW) like a macbook 15 or other mid-range laptops (price and portability) but you guys made clear that ain't possible.

      I thinks I will be doing assemblys up to 150parts (max.) and I would like it to run smooth.

      I've been browsing the internet a lot and it came down to a Dell Precision M4600 an a Lenovo Thinkpad W530.

      Because they come at a very high price (for a student), I want to be sure I'm buying a good configuration.



      Dell m4600

      CPU: Intel Core™ i7-3540M (Dual Core 3.00GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo, 4M cache, 35W)

      GPU: NVIDIA® Quadro® K1000M with 2GB GDDR3

      RAM: 8.0GB, DDR3-1866MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS

      HD: 500GB Hybrid 2.5in, 6Gb/s SATA with 8GB Flash

      Price: $2,043.53, without instant savings, $1,389.60, with instant savings)


      What do you think of this build? Should I go for a Quad core with lower clockspeed? Is 8GB of RAM enough? Should I go for the Hybrid HD?

      And why do I get $600 dollar of instant savings when ordering online?


      Lenovo W530

      CPU: Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor (Quad Core 2.4GHz, 3.4GHz Turbo, 6M cache)

      GPU: NVIDIA® Quadro® K1000M with 2GB GDDR3

      RAM: 16 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (4 DIMM) (only 18dollar difference with 8Gb)

      HD: 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm

      Price: €1,551.97


      Is 2.4GHz enough?


      Thanks for helping me out!