Decided to make a new thread to get some new opinions. Currently own a Macbook Pro from 07 that is outdated and overheating. I am a 3D Artist looking for my main workstation that is mobile. Keep in mind that in about 5 years or so i will be buying a desktop power house. I am looking into buying the latest and greatest workstation laptop for 3D work mainly using Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D and all the Adobe products ( After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator ect). I am also going to be using SoftImage (XSI) which is a PC based software. I know i can use bootcamp to use this software but that would be eliminated by purchasing a PC. I will be transporting this laptop 3 times a week to and from work ( NYC ) so weight may be an issue also. I am also connecting an external monitor at home to which ever laptop i buy. I am thinking about the LG IPS225T 22-Inch. Need some insight on which laptop to buy and if that monitor is any good.
15.4in / 2880x1800 99% of sRGB
Nvidia GT 650M 1GB "GTX 660M Power"
16GB Ram 1600MHz
External $80 ( not in price )
Weight: 4.46 lbs
14.13" (w) x 9.73" (d) x 0.71" (h)
Battery Life: 7 Hours
For maya a professional gpu may help ( and if its expensive the 7970m performs much better than nvidia's consumer gpus). I'd go with the sager as it will have better cooling. (and looking at benchmarks it appears that the 2.7 ghz rmbp performs like a 2.4 ghz pc probably because of heat turbo isn't as agressive). Sager will also allow you to open the computer up for cleaning or if you need to add more RAM. I strongly suggest you buy your RAM and SSD aftermarket as it will probably save you $200 and you can sell the old HDD and RAM.