Miscellaneous laptop discussions forum: Best choice for a laptop to be used for CAD applications?

by: trinarae January 11, 2007 3:31 PM PST

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Best choice for a laptop to be used for CAD applications?

by trinarae - 1/11/07 3:31 PM

Hi all:
I'm gearing up to buy a 1st laptop. I've got 2 Dell desktops (work & home) that use primarily for CAD drafting and web-surfing/research. Also some business-type applications like letter writing, accounting etc. I also do photo editing (but not video, as yet) and have been know to play games/watch DVDs.
I am looking for a laptop to improve the general portability of my work -- i've got some out-of-town clients & need to take the show on the road.
I THINK i need quite a bit of RAM:(i'm used to how my CAD program works with the 512 i have now, but it does hang-up on big cut & paste or moving large hunks of a drawing).
I assume that a 80-100gb hard drive would be fine.
I've never used anything like Bluetooth or wifi, so i don't know whether they'd be something that i'd need -- am assuming that i need some kind of connectivity on the road.
I have been looking longingly at 17" screens -- the wide aspect ones would, i think, be useful for the drafting. The more of a large drawing that i can see at once, the easier it is to keep track of what i'm doing. (I have 19" flat panels on my desktops). The screen questions are:
1. is the extra cost of a 17" (versus 15" or 15.4")worth it for CAD drawing resolution?
2. What about XGA v. WXGA v. UXGA v. anything else that might be out there. (I imagine that once i get my hands on this puppy, i'll want to use it outside upon occasion -- like at a job site).
Weight is not a huge issue, since I mostly won't be carrying it very far.
The last major parameter is keeping the cost down to around $1000 -- so i have been browsing the sales and Dell's clearance center etc. I imagine that some of the 'deals' out there are just that, and others are 'pigs in a poke'
So: can anyone out there help a poor Luddite?
Thanks!

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