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dottorepc
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Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

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08-01-2012 04:13 AM

I need to find two mobile workstations for a little company.

 

One of them will be used as a designer machine (mainly in AutoCAD LT and Solidworks), the other will work with office and browsing the web, but sometimes (also when out of office) will open CAD drawings, modify little things (labels etc.) and print/plot.

 

We would like to use docking stations (if possible), external input devices and big external displays (28").

 

I think i5 or i7 could be fine with 4(or 8-16?)GB RAM and dedicated VGA with at least 1G RAM. Maybe SSD could speed up the config.* If it counts (I think it does) we intend to use 2013 LT version.

 

Price: around 1500 USD.

 

Also I am searching for the best solution for CAD plotting (A0 size drawings). Which brand/model is the best?

 

*I am afraid it could push up the price also. A 480GB SSD is USD400-500. A laptop with two bay could be an ideal choice (one for a little 64GB SSD-system drive and one for 2,5" 320GB normal drive-data)

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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-01-2012 06:33 AM in reply to: dottorepc

Edit:

I am not sure if we use only basic functions and 2D modelling with LT version the graphic card is not so important. I mean yes, it has to be dedicated with at least 1G RAM but not so important to be a NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000/3000/4000 whatsoever.

 

Maybe computing power and RAM are more important factors in performance. I am not sure, just asking, you should be so kind to answer me:smileyhappy:

 

Many thx!

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murray-clack
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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-01-2012 06:51 AM in reply to: dottorepc

Don't buy a Toshiba. Ever.

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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-01-2012 09:47 AM in reply to: murray-clack

Very brief advice, thank you:smileyhappy:

 

Actually I am thinking on Asus. K75VM, K95VM, K55VD, K56NZ and others. All of them has got i7-3610QM, 8GB/1600MHz RAM and different display sizes and big SATA disks. I wonder only if Nvidia GeForce GT 540M/610M/630M/650M with 2GB dedicated memory is enough or I need to find something with Quadro?

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pendean
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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-03-2012 05:54 AM in reply to: dottorepc

Hardware Discussion area:
http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Hardware/bd-p/116

Autodesk Supported Graphics Cards List and drivers:
http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-graphicscard

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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-03-2012 06:30 AM in reply to: dottorepc

For 2013 get a laptop you would not taking a hammer to, because 2013 will turn any system into one.

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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-03-2012 10:58 AM in reply to: pendean

Thank you, I have already seen them.

 

HW forums about laptop requirements are dead (aprox.). There is no hot topic. Could you drop me a link to a topic where there is some living discussion?

 

The mentioned graphics card list is about fix machines. Anyway I can hardly believe ATI Firepro and NVIDIA Quadro is the only two choice I can run 2013 LT. LT means light with simplified functions. Maybe I am wrong. I can find tests about video cards (http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html) but who knows how good they are running AutoCAD and running the latest (2013), but LT version?

 

Which is more important? CPU speed? Number of CPU cores? RAM size? RAM speed? Video speed? Video RAM size? What is the minimum?

 

I found some ideal machine (at Lenovo W530 or Dell M4700 or HP EliteBook 8570W), but they are a little bit pricy, maybe I can go with a lighther version with another graphic card, not Quadro. Another lappy (Asus N56VZ) with GeForce GTX 650M is also a good choice, but is it good for AutoCAD too, who knows?

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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-03-2012 11:01 AM in reply to: donande

Sorry, I do not understand your opinion. Pls. be more detailed. It is a new laptop-new license combination, so we are talking about AC2013 LT version by the way. Maybe I can find some old package at Amazon, but Autodesk does not intend to sell me older versions.

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pendean
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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-05-2012 05:22 AM in reply to: dottorepc
The point is to search or post, not expect to find your exact needs ready for you to pick up (LT is not taxing but there are pitfalls to avoid).
These are help yourself forums, please do so.

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Hardware/New-Laptop/td-p/2879852
http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Hardware/Laptop-Requirements-for-2012/td-p/3439395
http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Hardware/Laptop-Upgrade/m-p/3478852#M23129
http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Hardware/Best-laptop/td-p/3475566




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Re: Best laptop for AutoCAD 2013 LT

08-15-2012 01:27 PM in reply to: pendean

Thank you, I appreciate your efforts! Actualy I have read them all through before I start this new thread. Now, after I checked many configs and product specifications I found this statement very important: "Quadro FX is useful if I intend to use many 3D graphics" which I do not want with 2013LT, so I am fine with a gamer card, or even I am in better position with a gamer (less expensive) card.

 

I made my hints, the client made the order, we will see, what we get and I will give you guys some feedback.

 

Thank you again!

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