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Old December 18, 2008, 09:01 PM
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Ok, so I need to find someone a new laptop.

But, the laptop needs to be able to run AutoCad, Photoshop, Sketchup, a little bit of solidworks, well on the laptop.

However, it needs to be fairly mobile and.... Here's the kicker to the - it needs to be able to also run this software on a 19"-22" and possible a 24".

Price also needs to be 800-1200

Now this is probably near or actually impossible but i need links and suggestions of laptops that come close to fitting these standards. The 24" being lowest on the list.

These programs need to run it won't be super intensive work, but they need to work well and video card memory is important because of screens.

Might have to go with a desktop as well.

Here is on that is being looked into:

Future Shop: Computers: Laptops: Toshiba 14.1" Portege Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 Laptop (M300-03C) - Bilingual - Future Shop Exclusive

perhaps this or something similar.

Thanks in advance!
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Old December 21, 2008, 08:39 AM
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For photoshop and sketch-up, that laptop is fine.

Now for Autocad, it depends on many things, which version are you going to use? 2008 or 2009? 2009 will severely affect performance, especially for laptops since they are crazy resource-hungry. If you are doing 2D drawings on 2008 or 2009, you should be fine. You will not be as fast as working on a desktop, but it will work. You might be able to do some basic 3D Modeling on 2009 as well, but dont be surprised if its starts to cough as some basic 3D modeling. The VGA is good for what it is, you hardly find laptops in that range with dedicated VGAs.

I use a laptop for all the purposes you mention, except its a little intense on the autoCAD side. I have a fairly old Dell Latitude D620 with a T2400 1.81GHz, 4GB Mushkin, 320GB WD 7200, and 256 MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M with TurboCache. I also use my 24" to do work via the VGA at the back. For 2D drawings on AutoCAD 2008, its fine on both the laptop and the 24". With 3D modeling on AutoCAD 2008, it can last a decent while with basic 3D models, but the graphics craps out REALLY fast on both the laptop and the 24" (You know... when the lines and planes looks like a big black blob). With AutoCAD 2009 and 2D, its a little laggy on the laptop, and I haven't even tried it on my 24" or any 3D modeling, but I'd imagine those would be instant death.

Mind you, this is with XP Pro, I wouldn't even want to imagine what it'd be with Vista Home Premium +

The laptop you are currently looking at is better than mine with quite a margin, so you will definately get better results and smooth action.

I would also look into Dell's latitude and precision series as they are kinda meant for this stuff, their new line-up is impressive, granted, they will be over your budget, especially the precision series ($1600+).
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