I need to buy a new laptop and this will be my first “proper” machine. I study product design and am searching for the right laptop for me. To get it out the way, I am not planning to buy a MAC and will most likely not change my mind since I will need Windows
Coming across MSI laptops as a non gamer, I do really like the look and the GE70 and GE60 seem to fit the requirements
Any desktop replacement laptop is generally going to suck power especially if you are running CAD or any other CPU/memory intensive app.
With that said, I recently picked up a GS70 for some development work. There are some things I don’t like (namely Windows 8.1) and an overly sensitive touch pad, but the battery life has been surprisingly good when I’ve needed it - but don’t expect it to get hours of life when pumping CAD. The battery supply is large, but not as heavy as the huge power brick I have on my HP work station. Buying a second to keep in studio or at home would help though.
Overall they make pretty good hardware…on par with any other consumer stuff that’s coming out of Taiwan these days.
The thread in this forum: 2012 Win8 Sketching Tablets covers a lot of ground regarding touch screen sketching. I don’t believe there are quadcore machines out there though that will serve as a Portable, long battery life laptop.
I have a G70 (Pretty much same specs except for the ram) and it works just fine. Like Cyberdemon here, I don’t like windows 8.1 or the touch pad, but other than that it’s been working pretty well for the last 6 months. I recommend it but I don’t know yet how it’ll age, hopefully as good as my former laptop. It was an Acer with 6+ years of heavy duty on him, died doing a simulation in SW.
I’ve experienced some bugs with gaming GPU’s, especially with large files. I recall one feature in particular that kept crashing SolidWorks every time I clicked on the icon. I ended up having to access the tool via other methods (i.e. pull-down menu, right click, toolbar), just like you can with any SW feature.
SolidWorks will run on most video processors, but just don’t be surprised if it crashes more often than with SW certified ones.
I’ve been 3D modelling from Alias, Rhino and Solidworks on a 4+ year old Nvidia gaming card and I’ve built multiple PC’s for classmates with gaming cards. I haven’t heard of any issues with them in 3D modelling software.