best possible PC based laptop for industrial designers

a simiar discussion is in the general area

different data in both places so check both - post name is the same


so we think this one really does the job, but boy is this damn thing ugly

dell m65

but hell is is just soooooooooo ugly

If you wait a bit and want to drop the cash, the new quad-core processors will be coming soon for laptops. I have read that some get Photoshop to run significantly faster.

I have found a tablet pc to be a nice and useful tool for sketching and convenient annotating of notes, pictures, and drawings when communicating ideas to others in the project. It has replaced my stacks of paper sketches on the road. If you get one equipped with a decent graphics card like that found in Toshiba Tecra m4 or m7 with Nvidia dedicated graphics, you might have a pretty versatile portable ID-suitable solution. Rhino and SolidWorks run fine on them and so does Alias Sketchbook Pro. If sketching on a tablet isn’t your thing and you are more concerned with 3D CAD power for Pro-E and Alias etc., there’s always the high end CAD laptops like the Dell Precision and those offered by Alienware, HP, etc. Good luck.

alienware…even comes with a quake 3 fps spec…hoho

Ok folks, I can see that I might have made a big mistake, putting this post in 2 places (general discussion and technology, but eh, what can you do) so of course I have to add to them both.

In the end, didn’t get the Dell Mr. Ugly box. I had to do it and bought a powerhouse with a titanium case, the Sony VAIO SZ360P Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHZ 2GB ram, 120 HD w/256 MB video. Can you say 3D Max, Rhino, Maxwell Render, Solidworks SCREAMING? WOw.

Best part Titianium case so no ugly plastic case scratching. Bad news $2100. More than I spent on my last motorcycle. ;( Bad. But an investement and therefore useful. I’ll be living with this little friend for the next 3 year so, I’m pleased At 4 lbs it is amazing but funny part: the battery weighs almost as much as the damn laptop! Hahha

After all my looking I find a little post on an obscure blog and think, now why the hell didn’t I buy the HP nw8240, which incidently is ISV certifications for

MCAD: AutoDesk AutoCAD 2005, AutoDesk Inventor V7, V8, V9, Bentley Microstation, Dassault CATIA V5, I-DEAS 10 W2K, I-DEAS 11, Unigraphics NX, Unigraphics NX2, ICEM Surf, PTC Pro/Engineer/Mechanica Wildfire, 2.0 Solidworks 2003, 2004, 2005, Solidedge V15, V16, MSC.Patran, DCC: Alias Studio Tools V11.x, Avid Express Pro, Alias Maya 6.x, Avid SoftImage XSI 4.x, Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 After Effects 6.x Encore DVD 1.5/Photoshop CS, Pinnacle Liquid Edition, Discreet 3DS MAX 6.x GIS: ESRI ArcGIS 8.3, 9.0

and comes with, wow I can’t believe this,

15.4-inch WSXGA+ wide-viewing angle (1680 x 1050 resolution and 16 M colors) or 15.4-inch WUXGA wide-viewing angle (1920 x 1200
resolution and 16 M colors)

Now that is a designers laptop! Oh and of course you can get it on Ebay for $1199 new. Damn! And it really isn’t that ugly either!

I would go with the M90…you can always cover it up with a skin. LOL