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    Revit Laptop Recommendation

    Since I'm a longtime Thinkpad fan, W540 would be logical choice, but it is not available here, and I guess it will cost fortune when it becomes available.
    Precision M4800 is also too expensive here and I'll have to wait 4 weeks for it, so this is not an option also.

    New ZBook 15 is available, price is high but acceptable (1/3 less than Dell or Lenovo), only thing that bothers me is the graphics card. At the moment, there are no models with K2100m, with K1100m being the best option. Also, there are no reviews on the net, and I am a bit skeptical on overall quality of HP notebooks compared to Thinkpads.

    Of other options, Asus N550 seems fine except heating problems mentioned here: Review Asus N550JV-CN201H Notebook - NotebookCheck.net Reviews, and the fact it doesn't have docking connector (I need it for everyday connection to power, network, display, mouse etc.). Also, it is much cheaper than anything else mentioned.

    Samsung Review Samsung Series 7 Chronos 770Z5E-S01DE Notebook - NotebookCheck.net Reviews seems surprisingly good, except it also doesn't have docking connector and has 5400 rpm HDD, which is not easy to replace with SSD, since Samsung is built very tight (Mac-like).

    So far, I'm inclined to ZBook 15. Nvidia comparison chart Quadro Mobile Workstation Graphics Cards | NVIDIA shows that K1100m is very much like the older K2000m, that seemed to work fine with Revit. Does anyone have any experience with it?

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    The W540 may be available in the next week or two: Lenovo ThinkPad W-Serie mit Intel® Prozessoren based on that site it starts at € 1,659.00 and goes up to € 2,599.00. Don't know if the availability is accurate or not though.

    I'm guessing based on what you are looking at that you are looking for a primary workstation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    The W540 may be available in the next week or two: Lenovo ThinkPad W-Serie mit Intel® Prozessoren based on that site it starts at € 1,659.00 and goes up to € 2,599.00. Don't know if the availability is accurate or not though.

    I'm guessing based on what you are looking at that you are looking for a primary workstation?
    Yes and no... It won't be my computer actually, except sometimes. And then it should be primary workstation. Let's say that 70% of usage could be done with a cheaper rig, but this 30% bothers me. Also, need for docking station is on everyday basis.
    Speaking of prices, this is what we have here in Croatia, that HP is 30% cheaper than Lenovo or Dell no matter US prices (except Lenovo's non Thinkpad cheaper series).
    This link you sent is tempting, but I'm in a bit of hurry.

    EDIT: And then again, there is a question whether K1100m will be suitable.
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    These guys ship overseas I think:

    https://www.powernotebooks.com/

    Quite a few options there. I don't know how long they take to ship, but it could be worth checking out.

    Also, they make laptop docks that run off of USB 3.0 now, so you might not need a laptop specific dock.

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    Hi Hirvio,

    I don't have any personal experience with the HP laptops, but their reputation is pretty bad. While the K1100m is a little underwhelming as far as specs, it's not bad. It's probably just fine for Revit as long as you're not expecting top level graphic performance.

    You might want to check out Sager/clevo (I think clevo is the common brand name in your part of the world).


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    Thank you all for your support. Unfortunately, Sager/Clevo is not available here. Ordering from abroad, even from EU, is too complicated for my accountancy if I want to use VAT refund (except if I want to pay for it by myself, which is not the case). As I said in the first post, selection is very limited here, unless you're buying cheap gear.

    I guess I'll wait a little bit more before making decision (unless someone talk me into HP).


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    Quote Originally Posted by need4mospd View Post
    Also, they make laptop docks that run off of USB 3.0 now, so you might not need a laptop specific dock.
    Any info on how these things work with external displays on graphically demanding software?

    I found a lots of threads describing all kind of issues with them: http://www.displaylink.org/forum/sho...?t=1696&page=4
    Last edited by Hirvio; November 27th, 2013 at 06:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirvio View Post
    Any info on how these things work with external displays on graphically demanding software?

    I found a lots of threads describing all kind of issues with them: Gigabit Ethernet not working on Targus USB 3.0 Docking Station - Page 4 - DisplayLink Forum
    It seems like that might have been a poor recommendation on my part. I just saw they existed and assumed someone would have one that worked well, but I can't find any that are getting decent reviews. Seemed like a good idea though!

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    I have been researching 2016-2017 Notebooks. Does anyone have experience with these machines:

    Razer Blade Stealth
    Sager NP9873
    HP Omen
    Asus GX700
    EVGA SC17
    LENOVO Y900
    Aurus x7 DT
    Dell______

    Key Criteria:
    Build Quality / Experience
    Performance
    Thermal Management
    Display resolution
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    Hi Limbatus, nothing wrong with asking, and maybe someone will chime in with some info you're looking for, but that's a pretty broad question and list. Have you googled for laptop reviews? Also you might get more feedback on general interest PC websites and forums (e.g. ArsTechnica, TechReport, Anandtech).

    If you post a specific configuration for Revit, you'll probably get some feedback on that.

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