I need a new laptop. I'll be using it fairly heavily for CAD (Solidworks) and some multimedia but not much gaming. I'm close to deciding on the Dell Studio XPS 16 with i7-820QM, 8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz ram, 1GB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4670, but have also looked at the Dell Studio 17 w/ i7-720QM and same ATI graphics card, and HP's dv8t quad edition. I'll probably go with one of the refurbs people have for sale on ebay for the cheaper price and the fact that that's the only way to currently get one of the Studio 17's with a 1080p display.
What are your suggestions? Are there any other good candidates? I'm open to other models/configs, but I won't budge on the 1080p display unless it's for a 1920x1200. How do you think Solidworks would run on the Studio XPS 16 I outlined above?
I would go for XPS 16 because the specs of all those laptops is pretty much the same with the exception that XPS 16 has a slightly faster CPU,also in terms of display quality,XPS 16 is better than both of them