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Semi-portable desktop or lunchbox type computer?

Question asked by Joseph Dunfee on Mar 19, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 25, 2014 by Joseph Dunfee

I have a job that will occasionally require me to leave my home office for another company location for a few weeks, and I would like to have my SW computer with me.


If you have a bit of gray hair, you probably remember the lunchbox style portable computers. This was the computer for people who wanted performance like a desktop computer, but in a portable unit.  Its main advantage was that you could install normal expansion cards inside.


The lunchbox computer seems to still exist as a category, but they seem to be exclusively the domain of companies that don't put prices on their web pages.  The implication is that, if you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it.  I was hoping the price would be somewhere between what a desktop would be, and a performance notebook.


So, perhaps an alternative might be a small form-factor desktop unit.  Of course, there are mini-towers, but these are still a bit big and heavy for taking on an airplane. There are smaller form-factors for office computers, but, I have not come across any in this category that have the category of video processor I would need for SolidWorks.


Since SW compatability and configuration is really something best left to the experts, are there SW-knowledgable places that sell the kind of computer I am looking for?