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You may choose any! Each of them is great for your purposes!
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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.
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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Laptops get outdated very fast in these days, so I will not spend more than 2k on it.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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Though it's an old thread I want to put my input in. For me its Acer Aspire V17 Nitro
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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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I am using OMEN X by HP - 17-ap045tx. It is working fine
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Hey how about ASUS Vivobook pro 15 N580VD, Dell G3, and Dell Precision Series? Are they suitable for 3D rendering and modeling?
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It boils down to components and what you can afford. If it's for work then you should get a workstation rather than a gaming laptop. The main difference is the graphics card.

Processor: Core i7 or Xeon
RAM: 16GB and higher
Graphics card: Nvidia Quadro (instead of a gaming card)
Storage: SSD recommended. 512

So yes, I'm sure you can use those computers fine. How much slower are they than mobile workstations...I don't know. Vivobook and G3 are gaming computers. Dell Precission 5520 (smaller) and 7520 (bigger), Lenovo P52, HP Zbook (studio, 15, 15v, 15u) are mobile workstations that are configured for CAD & Rendering. Mobile workstations are configurable and up gradable. They will also be heavier and more expensive. You can always buy refurbished or NEW older models from their outlet stores.

Mobile Workstations may be overkill for what you are doing but who knows. It's always a compromise of price, components & portability.

Good luck.
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Update on my SurfaceBook - about six months ago (a year out of warranty) my screen started bulging slightly, creating halos at the four corners. I took it to my nearest Microsoft store and they confirmed the battery in the screen section was going bad - on the spot, they gave me a brand new (upgraded) SurfaceBook, no questions asked, apologized and said some of the earliest units had sub-par batteries. They said because I'd taken such good care of it and because they want customers coming back that they were happy to replace it for free. That's good customer service, and will probably be a big reason I'll get the SurfaceBook 2 next year.
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wow, that is good customer service!
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