I would like to know where to start looking for a really powerful 15" laptop for BIM? ArchiCAD+other software like Tekla Structures. Lots of IFC.
Any brand better or worse?
I'd appreciate a silent machine as well as a working touchplate. I'm currently on macbook pro but since many of the BIM-applications I will need to use occasionally are windows only I doubt it's worth the hassle of having a mac with windows. I've never seen a laptop even close in "feel" of the macbook pro but there are zillions of laptops out theere and I don't know where in the jungle to start looking.
I want to buy a Windows laptop... was hoping for 17" monitor and a numeric keypad...16GB ram + 4GB video ram ... good resolution etc. etc. Have been looking at the Asus N76 VZ model but not sure if there are other brands that would be as good but better price?? Would also like an SSD if possible... (gosh...is that all???!!)
I work on Commercial projects - mostly small scale but do end up providing modelling and rendering help (partnering) with other firms from time to time on much larger projects.
I'm quite pleased with the new Macbook Pro with SSD and 16Gb RAM.
So SSD for system & software is wholly recommended, preferably with an additional internal drive for archival & data (can be slower).
Dell has the Precision and Alienware brands, the former for CAD/3D and the latter for gaming (which is also heavy 3D). But I have never used a non-Mac laptop.
FWIW, I can run Revit 2013 through Parallels fairly smooth, while at the same time running ArchiCAD 16 and Solibri Model Checker on the OSX side. But I guess having a native Windows running will get more from the system.
As for 17" monitor > I'd stick with 15" and place a large screen on the desktop when in the office.
--- stefan boeykens --- architect-engineer-musician --- ARCHICAD25/Revit2022/Rhino7/Unity2021/Solibri MBP2019:i9Octo2.4GHz32GBVega20/BigSur+Win11 ARCHICAD-user since 1998
I have the Asus G73 which I bought 2 years ago. It has a 17.3" display which I am happy with and I don't mind that I have to carry almost 4 kilos in my backpack, for me it is worth it.
I can whole heartedly recommeend its newest iteration, the G75.
However, the N76 is probably also an excellent choice.
I second Stefan's recommendation, please do yourself a favor and get SSD for system drive. Your computer will fly and it will still be pretty fast even 2-3 years from now.
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