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Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 3:10:39 AM | good laptop for college architecture student

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Hey guys. I need you guys to think back to when you went to college. And think of what you did. And help me decide if this is a good idea for a laptop.The programs that we are supposed to be using are AutoCAD, Maya, 3ds Max, Rhinoceros, Maxwell, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Professional. I'm not sure if i should get this one, or the one with a quad core 2.0 ghz

I also do alot of photo editing, so keep that in mind.

 

Now I think that this laptop is great for the price, but if anybody has any other suggestions then please.

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9366615&type=product&id=1218092150740

 

Warranty Terms - Parts1 year
Warranty Terms - Labor
1 year limited
Product Height
16.2"
Product Width
11.8"
Product Weight
8.8 lbs.
Product Depth
2.4"
Gaming Series
Yes
Processor Brand
Intel®
Intel® Core™2 Duo Mobile
2.53GHz
Widescreen LCD (1440 x 900)
17.1"
1066MHz
3MB on die Level 2
6GB
Type of Memory (RAM)
DDR2
Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
500GB
Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Drive speeds not specified
Direct-Disc Labeling
No
Digital Media Reader or Slots
Yes, digital media card reader
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
1GB GDDR3
Personal Video Recorder (PVR)
No
No
Yes
Built-in Webcam
Yes
None
Built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Networking
Wireless-B+G+N
Bluetooth-Enabled
No
Security Technology
Facial recognition
None
Additional Audio/Video Connectors
1 HDMI
Audio
DAP and Dolby home theater
Speakers
Altec Lansing
None
4
1
None
1
None
Laptop Weight
Standard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
8-cell lithium-ion
Battery Life
Pointing Device
Touchpad
Operating System Platform
Windows
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1
Included Software
Power 4 Gear Extreme, Adobe Acrobat Reader 8, Nero 8 Essentials and more
ENERGY STAR Qualified
No
HDMI Output
Yes
Blu-ray Player
No

 

 


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Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 3:19:21 PM | good laptop for college architecture student

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Back when I went to college, I seriously regretted getting a laptop. My buddies with desktops spent half as much for the same performance and I really didn't need the portability like I thought I would. If you think you'll be using the computer in one spot for a majority of the time, go with a desktop. The convenience factor was never worth it to me, and it still isn't.

 

Other than that, that looks like a good laptop you found. But you could have a killer i7 desktop for that price...


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Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 3:48:15 PM | good laptop for college architecture student

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i want to get a desktop really bad

but one of the requirements for my architecture class is a laptop


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Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 4:16:02 PM | good laptop for college architecture student

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Or would getting the same specs but with a Quadcore 2.0 be faster/better?

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Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 2:04:50 AM | good laptop for college architecture student

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my program requires a laptop but i don't have one.  i have my own desktop on my studio desk at school.  works for 98% of the time.  (which is roughly how often a computer works anyway?)

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Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 10:52:05 AM | good laptop for college architecture student

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I have an HP DV9643 laptop which I plan to liquidate as the office provides me with one.  If you're interested, check out the specs, and get back to me.  The price would be a substantial savings.


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Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 5:43:55 PM | good laptop for college architecture student

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There are a couple of these floating around the office and they really rock (http://www.shopping.hp.com/store/product/product_detail/FM825UT%2523ABA), they are pretty new, small, light but expensive, you have to think about if you could possible run intense energy simulation....this machine can do it. my personal laptop is a hp 8710w its a mobile work station...enough said, i can do anything i want to from video editing to cracking to energy analysis on quarter of a million sf buildings. the presentation machine i use at the office is the older version of the 8710, the 9440. they are almost identical, minus the box contrustion. the machines i have mentioned above are going to run more than your regular entertainment laptop...but when everyone else is getting bogged down you still want power to kick things into 3rd gear. I used to have an hp6910p that moved pretty quick but had a small screen so i sold it, but was fully capable of running revit, slowly at times. to bad you cant get a desktop, i woudl say check on the z600 or z800, my z800 is being shipped now, i cant wait till it gets here.

i am kind of against running bootcamp on a mac but you could tech get one (a power book, none of this macair crap thats only good to check email and wipe my curse), esp since ADSK is now supporting mac environments.


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Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 1:45:21 PM | good laptop for college architecture student

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Hi there - to get the most bang for our buck we ended up getting our company laptop from one of the companies that makes for the major laptops sellers (like Dell etc) who then slap their badge on it and sell it for more (i.e. Sager / Clevo). A website for getting this laptop is at  http://www.xoticpc.com/ . A gaming laptop should do you OK , so long as you stick to Nvidia video cards. There are pricier laptops with Nvidia Quadro cards which to best of my knowledge would be best put to use w/ finicky high end 3d programs but for Revit, Sketchup, and prob 3dMax. I think you'd be OK w/ cheaper laptops though if you can afford it get the Quadro card laptops - we have and have had no problems running a whole variety of programs on it...  

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Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 4:08:59 PM | good laptop for college architecture student

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as of the 2010 release it is my understanding that a workstation card such as a quadro no longer matters, but is actually lower performance now.

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Wed, May 5, 2010 at 12:36:39 PM | good laptop for college architecture student

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I agree with Eddie,

 

 

I have a 8530w and it can run anything anywhere (when upgraded to a 64bit operating system).

 

 

As for Quadros being slower after the 2010 release, I doubt that's true, especially because of the partnership between nVidia and Autodesk. They spend thousands of engineering hours on improving the performance of Quadro FX cards for CAD products.

 

 

Either way a site like http://www.notebookcheck.net/ always comes in handy when comapring gfx performance.

 


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