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RENDER LAPTOP PURCHASE SUGGESTION

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May 19, 2011 4:32:08 PM

Hi, I'm a recent architecture graduate interning under an pen and paper Architect who is really knowledgeable but clueless when in comes to technology.

Looking to buy a laptop in immediate future for all my consultant work, renderings, and general use. Previously had a mac but after 7yrs its time to retire, looking into both mac and pc's. Use revit and 3dsmax so laptop needs to cater to these programs. I expect to have this laptop for 4-6 years and my demands may change with my field and new software, im new enough i need to keep up with the "times."

Greatly appreciate any advice you have


1. What is your budget?
$1000-2500; IDEALLY 2,000 OR LESS

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
PREFER 15" +/-

3. What screen resolution do you want?
I HAVE A MONITOR I CAN HOOK UP TO SO NOT TO PICKY, DO PREFER ANTI-GLARE

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
PORTABLE, WILL BE WORKING OUT OF HOME AND OFFICE

5. How much battery life do you need?
MORE THE BETTER, I LIVE IN HAWAII SO IF I CAN WORK OUTSIDE I'M ALL FOR IT.

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)?
NO GAMES

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
REVIT, AUTOCAD, 3DSTUDIO MAX, PHOTOSHOP, INDESIGN, ILLUSTRATOR, DAY-TO-DAY GENERAL USE

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
I DON'T WANT TO BREAK THE BANK BUT THE MORE THE BETTER RIGHT? ESPECIALLY SINCE I'LL BE KEEPING IT 4-6 YEARS AS PRIMARY COMP.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.


10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
4-6 YEARS

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
I DON'T NEED ANY OF THIS, BUT I WOULD LIKE ALL OF THE ABOVE

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.
CONSIDERING DELL XPS 15,
LOOKS GOOD, BUT REVIEWS HAVE SAID BATTERY IS POOR,WOULD LIKE ANTI-GLARE SCREEN (THESE CONS DO NOT ELIMINATE THIS OPTION)

MACBOOK PRO 15"
I DID LIKE MY OLD MAC BUT SINCE I WOULD HAVE TO RUN BOOTCAMP FOR REVIT IT MAKES SINCE TO GET A PC AND SAVE MONEY. EITHER WAY, I'M OPEN TO YOUR EXPERT OPINIONS.

ASUS N53SV
DON'T KNOW A THING ABOUT THIS BRAND, LOOKS LIKE I CAN CUSTOMIZE IT SIMILARLY TO DELL



13. What country do you live in?
USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
THATS IT, THANKS AGAIN FOR SHARING ALL YOUR OPINIONS!


a c 244 D Laptop
May 20, 2011 7:23:06 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
Dell XPS 15 is a good choice,but make sure you customize it with the RGB-LED display(it's worth the extra money)
May 25, 2011 8:59:07 PM

Thanks Maziar. I've been browsing more through the forums and looking at autodesk's system requirements and wonder if dell precision is a better option because it offers a Nvidia Quadro card. price jumps way up from xps to precision even when i keep the specs similar. Is it the graphics card worth it? I'm willing to pay for the difference, but i'd like to know your thoughts. Thanks again! Any other laptops I should be considering?
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 26, 2011 6:37:17 AM

A non-Quadro card along with a fast CPU can handle those apps fine.I'd recommend a quadro card for other apps such as Solidworks
May 27, 2011 12:38:10 AM

Thanks that saves the budget. :) 

looked at lenovo thinkpad w520, i can spec it out similar to the precision and get it for close to the cost of the xps. Which do you think is best?

XPS 15
Ship date as of 5/26:
6/7/2011
Cost:
1,974.99
Weight:
5.9lbs.
Processor:
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.30 GHz Operating System:
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English


Graphics:
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus
Memory:
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
LCD:
15.6 FHD B+RGLED TL (1920x1080)
Camera/ Microphone/Speakers:
Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3
Hard Drive:
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Media Bay:
Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
Battery:
56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery (9-cell additional $40; not sure about)
Wireless:
Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N + WiMAX 6150
(wimax not available in my area yet-good idea for future?)
Bluetooth:
none
Keyboard:
Backlit Keyboard - English

Lenova Think Pad 520:
Ship date as of 5/26:
?; shipping is free excluding hawaii
Cost:
1,898.85 +shipping
Weight:
6.2 lbs
Processor:
Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM (Quad Core 2.20GHz,6M cache) with Turbo BoostTechnology 2.0
Operating System:
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64-bit, no media


Graphics:
NVIDIA® Quadro® 1000M with 2GB DDR3
Memory:
8.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS

LCDs:
15.6" UltraSharp™ FHD(1920x1080) Anti-Glare LED-backlit

Camera / Microphone:
720 Webcam
RAID Configuration:
Internal Raid- not enabled
Hard Drive:
500GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
Media Bay Devices:
DVD Recordable Multi-Burner
Battery:
9-cell Lithium Ion Battery
Wireless LAN (802.11):
Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Bluetooth:
Bluetooth 3.0
a c 244 D Laptop
May 27, 2011 6:10:17 AM

XPS 15 has a slightly better screen;whereas, W520 offers a better build quality and one of the best keyboards as well.
Both are really good.Since you aren't planing to play games(GT 540M>1000M in terms of gaming) and if the prices are the same,I'd recommend going with the W520
But again,both are great choices
!