Laptop for EDA applications/ CAD work

Laptop for EDA applications/ CAD work

Hi All..
1_What is your budget?
INR 45,000(appx USD$960) or less
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3_What screen resolution do you want?
I don't have much knowledge on this. It should not strain eyes!! already have eye strain problems
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
absolutely a desktop replacement..
5_How much battery life do you need?
3 hrs should be fine
6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Not a hardcore gamer.. I play casually.. still novice
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Mainly EDA, Electronics design softwares, multitask with >3 apllications running (like excel, winamp, applications like allegro, orcad capture etc)
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
based on price & available configuration constraint
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
I wish/hope 3-4 years trouble free operation(means no extra money to be spent during this time)

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Dell. Don't know much about all brands. But reliability is most important
13_What country do you live in?

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
1)It seems to me a i5 laptop is better choice..not sure whether the below one exceeds my functional(processing) requirements or can I downgrade to i3.
2) Also I need to use WinXP to run these applications.
3) Please check below one & give you opinion-
Dell™ Inspiron 15R New Laptop (T540505IN8)
4) please tell me what can I expect from this one if I buy it. are there any better alternatives?
5) If I buy the above one what are the things/options I must lok out & opt for?
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    Dell Inspiron 15 is good,but i would recommend going with Studio 15 instead because of having better specs(however don't expect great gaming performance from it)
  2. Hi All,
    Due to OS requirement (only Win XP Professional) & non-availability of this option in home laptops (inspiron 15R) configurations Also there are issues/apprehensions about installing XP & proper working after buying laptop with Win7. To avoid these confusions I’m looking for alternative options. In Business models of HP & Dell downgrade to XP option is available as seen in their website (not very sure about HP).
    So please let me know your opinions on Dell Vostro 3500 & HP ProBook 4520s (both with i5). Also tell me Is Dell Vostro better than Dell Studio/Inspiron for my specific needs?
    Please help me asap…
  3. Hi all..
    Well my previous posts may be too long; hence no replies.. anyway plz check the below two options I found & help me by giving your valuable suggestion..& any alternates or improvements..
    Core™ i5-450M
    "Win 7 Professional 64bit/Professional 32-Bit with Downgrade to Windows® XP
    Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services
    "15.6” High Definition (1366 x 768) Wide LED Anti
    -Glare Display"
    4GB (2GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Hard Drive, 7200 RPM
    8X DVD+/-RW Drive-Aberdeen Silver
    "Vostro 3500 NVIDIA(R) Geforce(TM) 310M,
    512MB Graphics"
    Internal Dell(TM) Keyboard (English)

    Core™ i5-450M
    Windows® 7 Professional 64bit
    McAfee(R) Security Center
    "15.6 "" 720p WLED (1366x768) Display with
    4GB (2GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
    "Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combination Drive with
    dual layer write capabilities"
    ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470 - 1GB
    90W AC Adapter
    Dell 1520 Wireless-N Card
    Dell(TM) Backlit Keyboard with Touchpad

    1)"Still not sure whether some of my EDA applications will
    work in Win 7 or in its Compatibility mode."
    2) Displays: Which one is better suited for Work
    3) Video card advantages
    4) Which one may last 3+ years.? Better suited to work more 3-4 Hours continuosly (heat/noise issues0?

    Thanks you..
  4. Maziar said:
    Hello and welcome to the forums
    Dell Inspiron 15 is good,but i would recommend going with Studio 15 instead because of having better specs(however don't expect great gaming performance from it)

    Thank you. You're right.. please give your comments on subsequent post
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