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Seeking a laptop for work

By mattespark ·
Hello fellow community,

Asking for advice in choosing a laptop for the following purposes: 3D modeling, texture and video rendering, video scenes editing (high quality), 3D scanning at the office and outside, running CAD software.

I know that most manufactures offer about the same specifications of modern laptops. I need at least 16 GB memory (with possible upgrade to 32 GB), good i7 CPU, 256 GD SSD minimum - all these specs are required to work with Artec 3D scanner. One of the key requrements is best battery life for scanning outside. According https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/all-day-strong-longest-lasting-notebooks Lenovo ThinkPad T480 can hold a charge for 17 hours while most other laptops hold for 11h. HP Envy x2 can hold a charge for 14 hours which is fine.

Lenovo T480 looking good but I feel the lack of CPU and RAM, and I have to buy SSD for it also, too much investment...
HP Envy x2 has only 12" diagonal diplay, not an option.
PS. Specifications of the scanner : https://www.artec3d.com/portable-3d-scanners/artec-spider#specifications
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Best regards!
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Those may be OK for Off the Shelf units

by OH Smeg In reply to Seeking a laptop for work

But I would suggest having a look at the Gigabyte Range. You've probably never heard of them but they make the high end NB for some of the NB Makers and are very good at what they do.

The 17 Hours of battery is what it may work at using the best senario but the reality is no NB is going to do what you asked about for that long and even the 11 hours is a long way from reality as working hard will reduce the battery life dramatically and no one should expect more than an hour or two when using any mobile device that way.

Of course you can always use a Car Charger or even a Cigar Lighter Plug in Inverter and the standard charge system to increase the running time while under load and that will meet those times easily.

Incidently Gigabyte now has i9 CPU's which is probably what you would be looking at and lots of RAM Possible on their high end units.

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Gigabyte Range

by mattespark In reply to Those may be OK for Off t ...

Thanks for the tip. Cigar Lighter Plug ... hmm it's a nice idea

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I've been using a Plug in Inverter for many years now

by OH Smeg In reply to Gigabyte Range

Since I first got a NB a P3 if I remember correctly and while it may not be the most efficent system in making power it works.

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Seeking a laptop for work

by tokudanaka090588 In reply to Seeking a laptop for work

Lenovo ThinkPad T480 with 8GB DDR4 + 16GB Optane Memory will be ok. If your budget is under 1000 USD, it 's a good choice for you.

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