Architecture Student Laptop

Hello,

I am an architecture student, looking for a suitable portable work alternative. I have a quad core desktop that works well for rendering, and when work gets really hectic. I just need something to keep productive while mobile.

Imainly use Photoshop, inDesign and Revit, maybe 3DSmax too.

I'm on a bit of a budget, the Dell XPS 15 is probably the most expensive I can go. Is this a good option?
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  1. I always thought all the creative and draughting users preferred Macs.
  2. I think Dell will be releasing its M6600 Mobile Precision workstation laptop soon, and when they do I expect the M6500 (which I have) will get some kind of price reduction. If you can wait a few weeks and stretch your budget a little, you might be very happy with an M6500.
  3. @saga: Why would I pay double the price for a Mac and get the same performance?
  4. joelpringle said:
    I'm on a bit of a budget, the Dell XPS 15 is probably the most expensive I can go. Is this a good option?
    What is the cost of a Dell XPS 15? Got a link to the specs?
  5. Hey Youngster.

    How do you feel about the Song VAIO EB? It's $1000, and really has a pack to its punch. Here are some specs:

    Screen
    15.5" (1366x768)
    Processor
    2.53 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-460M
    RAM
    4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz
    Storage
    500 GB HDD 5400 RPM

    I also like the Samsung QX410 for only $829. It's smaller and more portable, so I think I like this one better. Here are the specs:

    Screen
    14" (1366x768) HD
    Processor
    2.53 GHz Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 460M (3 MB)
    RAM
    4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz
    Storage
    640 GB HDD 5400 RPM

    What do you think?

    Kevin
    Windows Outreach Team
  6. Thanks guys!

    In the end I settled on the Dell XPS 15, mainly cos it has a slick GPU to take the load off the CPU! Very happy with it, got it for $870.

    Cheers
  7. Hi Joelpringle,

    I am looking at the same dell xps for same use (architecture programs - and I already have dell studio xps desktop. I'm studying abroad next semester so I need a reasonable portable workstation for a semester).

    May I ask what is the spec for the xps 15 you were getting?


    Will this be good enough for programs like rhinoceros, autocad, sketchup, photoshop, indesign, illustrator, since my budget is lower? (this is $720).
    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
    6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus
    500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

    Thanks!!!

    joelpringle said:
    Thanks guys!

    In the end I settled on the Dell XPS 15, mainly cos it has a slick GPU to take the load off the CPU! Very happy with it, got it for $870.

    Cheers



    joelpringle said:
    Thanks guys!

    In the end I settled on the Dell XPS 15, mainly cos it has a slick GPU to take the load off the CPU! Very happy with it, got it for $870.

    Cheers
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