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Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby JacobFisher » August 30th, 2017, 9:55 am


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You may choose any! Each of them is great for your purposes!

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby Curtis_Hungness » September 21st, 2017, 7:26 am


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I have been using a Lenovo E540 for the past two years now and I have been running, Auto CAD, Solidworks 2017, Fusion 360, Inventor, Photoshop, and Illustrator on it and have never had a problem. All I've done to it was upgrade the ram to 16GB.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby MoShake » November 6th, 2017, 8:25 pm


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Apple computers for rendering and I.D. modeling are pretty expensive and they don´t deliver the performance of a pc of the same price. Value/Price ratio here.

I will go for a computer with the higher ghz speed of the CPU I could buy with an SSD as hard disk. Rhino and Vray use a lot of the hard disk in certain situations.

16 Gb of RAM for the most of the projects are ok but if you can buy 32 would be nice.

Laptops get outdated very fast in these days, so I will not spend more than 2k on it. Just my thoughts.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby ralphzoontjens » November 7th, 2017, 5:59 am

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I agree that for Solidworks, the graphics processor is very important.
Rendering is often CPU based so you have to look at the CPU benchmark rating.
An SSD is highly recommended and make sure to have an external backup drive as well.
You don't need extremely high specs to run Rhino so you can go for a modest budget laptop with lower RAM, CPU and small SSD, as well and invest in a desktop PC as your rendering powerstation and backup drive.
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Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby jordantheperson » November 24th, 2017, 11:45 pm


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I am also looking at getting a new laptop and although I know I can get a better deal with a windows machine, I don't think I could give up the aesthetics and feel of a mac product. Microsoft products are looking good but the price is comparable to Mac. Something has to be said for the fact that I am still using my 2009 MPB and it runs Solidworks on my windows side fine and Adobe CC programs on my mac side. Switching to an SSD a few years back made a huge improvement but still. Note, this is my personal machine and I am not working full time on it.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby BlackEmrald » November 28th, 2017, 12:21 am


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I'm a big fan of my 2017 15" Samsung Notebook 9 Pro. Decent aesthetics, solid quality, Yoga hinge, Samsung Note tech, 16 gigs of RAM, Dedicated Graphics. Check it out!

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby AVClub » November 28th, 2017, 11:29 am


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jordantheperson wrote:I am also looking at getting a new laptop and although I know I can get a better deal with a windows machine, I don't think I could give up the aesthetics and feel of a mac product. Microsoft products are looking good but the price is comparable to Mac. Something has to be said for the fact that I am still using my 2009 MPB and it runs Solidworks on my windows side fine and Adobe CC programs on my mac side. Switching to an SSD a few years back made a huge improvement but still. Note, this is my personal machine and I am not working full time on it.


I feel the same way, the price of a windows machine sounds really exciting to me but my MPB has been SUPER reliable and is 4 years old and runs like new and I run Keyshot and Rhino on it among adobe products all of the time.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby whitecom » December 14th, 2017, 4:33 am


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Though it's an old thread I want to put my input in. For me its Acer Aspire V17 Nitro

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Postby Lily » April 19th, 2018, 8:17 pm


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slippyfish wrote:Thanks, Scott.

Side note, what's up with the crazy first posts these days? Are these slightly more educated spam?


Sorry I hadn't replied to this until now - Cyberdemon had a pretty good answer for us!

FYI - my SurfaceBook is doing well (it was the top of the line version at introduction, so it has dual graphics cards, maxed out RAM and SSD). I'll probably upgrade to a 15" SurfaceBook 2 in a year or so.

I agree with what others have mentioned, that MS did a good job developing this hardware to go with the Windows ecosystem. It's nice to have one machine that handles everything I do, anywhere I want to do it.
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It probably depend on your budget. then just buy it U can even buy a cheap laptop.

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