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    Looking for laptops to run Revit

    Hi everyone, I'm hoping you all might be able to give me a bit of guidance, our firm has asked me to try and find out a good solution for running Revit from laptops. I've been doing a bit of reading and I know they are looking at the surface pro 4 but I've read that it's not great for Revit. We are using Revit 2015 and pretty large models (200mb+) and I'm not sure what are the important specs I should be looking at. Would love some of your feedback on laptops you use or any suggestions you might have.
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    Hi joewallace, I'm running a DELL Alienware, Core I7-7820 HK CPU@ 2.90 GHHz 2.90 GHZ, 32 GB of RAM, 17" Screen, WIN 10 64 Bits System, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 + 2 Iilyama Screens, ADSK Revit 2017.2.2 and Revit 2018 + Autodesk Building desing Suite, It runs fast, nevertheless there are some graphic glitches some times I guess is caused for my 2 extra screens, regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andres Franco View Post
    Hi joewallace, I'm running a DELL Alienware, Core I7-7820 HK CPU@ 2.90 GHHz 2.90 GHZ, 32 GB of RAM, 17" Screen, WIN 10 64 Bits System, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 + 2 Iilyama Screens, ADSK Revit 2017.2.2 and Revit 2018 + Autodesk Building desing Suite, It runs fast, nevertheless there are some graphic glitches some times I guess is caused for my 2 extra screens, regards
    HI Andres, thank you for the reply. I will look into that machine.

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    There are excellent information on the sticky threads. That being said, the GTX 1080 is probably overkill.

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    Use case is key here.

    Is the intent the laptop replaces/acts-as a workstation? i.e. aimed at a full days work at Revit?

    Or is it more a want to be able to occasionally take a Revit model out for a spin?

    The former will lead you down the low-mobility (read: heavy) models w/ discrete graphics and big price tags.

    The latter will let you start shaving off some of the special extras (like GTX gpus) - but will always be a compromise of a kind.



    ....to provide some context, we're running the Dell M3800, specced w/ an i7-4702HQ + 8GB w/ the (much maligned) K1100M - and I wouldn't dare attempt to try and do anything productive (in Revit) with one. Okay, family creation on the train, and stuff like that - but nothing with our live project models, but then some our them weigh in at four times yours.

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    It might just be the pragmatist in me, but i dont consider the standard Workstation class 15inch laptop from all the major players (Dell, HP, Lenovo) to be all that "low-mobility." They certainly arent as small or nimble as Surface's or Macbooks, but ive (literally) traveled the world (vacations, not BIM conferences) with my M7510 on my back.

    The Dell M7510, and the HP ZBook 15 can both get outfitted with just about as much power as Revit (on its own) will really need: Up to 64GB of RAM, 3 or more GB of GPU RAM, and plenty of processor speed and screen resolution. Both of these machines serve as daily workstations at my company, and there are no glitches, strange graphics artifacts, or anything else. There isnt a NEED to grab a laptop that has enough real estate to shove a GTX 1070 or 1080 in it, by any stretch.

    Youll pay more than 3k for each, but thats to be expected for a stout machine in a laptop form.

    Having said that, ASUS/Origin/Digitial Storm all have some decently thin machines with some decent power. If i didnt need all the memory i currently have, id consider something along those lines.
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    Thank you for all the replies and links. I will read through some of the other threads and see if I can come to some conclusion for our needs. Thanks everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    It might just be the pragmatist in me, but i dont consider the standard Workstation class 15inch laptop from all the major players (Dell, HP, Lenovo) to be all that "low-mobility."
    Perhaps it's just my puny arms, but back when I took a M6800 to Oz, schlepping that 3KG+ beast around made me feel like a pack mule. The oppressive heat of a South Australian Summer probably didn't help.

    Were I to have to do the same again, I'd be all over a handbag-friendly unit remote-connected through to a workstation. I can live with lag, I can not live with a heavy bag.

    Horses for courses as ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyweston View Post
    Perhaps it's just my puny arms, but back when I took a M6800 to Oz, schlepping that 3KG+ beast around made me feel like a pack mule. The oppressive heat of a South Australian Summer probably didn't help.

    Were I to have to do the same again, I'd be all over a handbag-friendly unit remote-connected through to a workstation. I can live with lag, I can not live with a heavy bag.

    Horses for courses as ever!
    An M6800 is nothing like an M7510 or a Zbook15. An M6800 was a 17inch mobile workstation. The M7510 is the replace for the M4800, which was a 15 inch mobile workstation still capable of carrying all the same features, with a potentially smaller GPU. I say POTENTIALLY because the M6800 also came with the SAME GPU as the M4800, and only got the MONSTER GPU if you ordered it that way.

    Believe me, im with you there. When i came to London, i was travelling with an M6500 (the 17 inch). Thing was a beast. I traveled with it, but i hated it.

    The Zbook15 and M7510 are 15.7 inch laptops. Capable of up to 64GB of RAM, and with 3GB (or more now?) GPU's. They run Revit, Navis, Enscape, Revizto, and on and on.

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